Arsenes was beaten at home by Gloucester in a heartbreaking Saturday Saturday for the first time since 2008.
The visitors won 25–24 despite pressure from Surgeon, which saw them with 14 points against two Gloucester players at Sin-Bin during a portion of the first half.
Fraser Balmain, Jack Singleton and Lewis Ludlow scored two penalties and two conversions with Adam Hastings for Gloucester before a late-missing conversion from Alex Lozowski guaranteed their victory.
The Saracens outlasted their opponents in a matter of tries, touching four times through Dom Morris, Rotimi Segundo, Theo McFarland and Alex Levington. However, while Lazowski added extras for two of them, he also missed a simple conversion—his late effort before that became widespread—which ultimately proved costly.
The first 15 minutes were without a score as both sides favored the air route to progress without much success before Gloucester opened the scoring.
He turned down two kickable penalties in favor of a driving line-out and was rewarded with another when Balmain scored a touchdown.
Gloucester were excited to take the opening score, but their enthusiasm turned sour after two players attempted to lose at Sin-Bin within a minute.
First Santiago Carreras was given the yellow card for a deliberate knock-on, before Morris crashed with guest captain Ludlow, then sin-bound to come to the side in an attempt to stop the score.
Gloucester had little chance of containing their opponents with 13 men and it was no surprise when it took advantage of the opening space to leave behind two defenders for the Saracens’ second attempt – both converted by Lazowski. it was done.
Career made a timely comeback so that his side could react directly from the start again. Maro Etoje fails to collect and the ball comes loose and Jordy Reid bursts and sends the over to former Saracen Singleton.
Gloucester were once again impressing with their driving maul and in an attempt to stop one of them, Mako Vunipola was given the yellow card for a fall, but the Saracens managed to hold on for a 14–12 interval lead.
The visitors could not take advantage of Vunipola’s absence, but after the return of the prop, Hastings secured his side’s lead with a straight penalty.
McFarland then replaced Tim Swinson for the Saracens, and the Samoans made an immediate impact by charging Charlie Chapman’s nod to put his team back in front.
Lazowski surprisingly missed a straight conversion but the home side still held a 19-15 lead in the final quarter. However, with eight minutes to go, Gloucester made a decisive effort when Ludlow finished another line-out drive.
Hastings converted and added a penalty before Levington gave Lazowski a chance to snatch the win for the Saracens, but his kick was just off-target.
We are massively disappointed and I am sorry to say but had more energy and appetite in Gloucester.
“Today against one of the leading sides in the Premiership was a real test for us to show us where we are,” said Gloucester Attack coach Alex King. “You have to play smart rugby against a side that is as skilled as the Saracens and our kicking game today was spot-on.
“The happiest part of the game was how we managed the sin-bin period. Going down to 13 men could see the game completely moving away from us.
“The game will hit you in the face at times but how you respond is what matters and today was a really important win for us.”
Series director of rugby Mark McCall said: “We are massively disappointed and it pains me to say this but Gloucester had more energy and appetite to fight. They were tremendous today and this is a club above all that has made great sense. appeared.
“We were off today and our indiscipline gave him a lot of opportunities to use his driving line-out, which was a huge weapon for him. This is a big lesson for us today but we have a week off now. So we will think about what happened and hopefully we will learn from it.”
Additional reporting by PA Media.