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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 May 2007, 13:52 GMT 14:52 UK
Premiership semi-finals
5 May, 2007



Willie Walker
Gloucester's Willie Walker bursts through the Saracens defence

Gloucester: (14) 50
Tries: Penalty, Richards, Hazell, Narraway, Foster, Califano, Allen Cons: Walker (6)
Pens: Walker

Saracens: (3) 9
Pens: Jackson (3)

Rampant Gloucester booked their place in the Premiership final after a convincing win over Saracens.

The table-toppers built a 14-3 half-time lead at Kingsholm after a penalty try and a Peter Richards score.

But they romped home after the break with tries from Luke Narraway, Mark Foster, Anthony Allen, Andy Hazel and Christian Califano.

Willie Walker also booted 15 points for the hosts while Glen Jackson responded with three penalties for Sarries.

The Cherry and Whites weathered a brisk start by Saracens before taking the lead in controversial fashion at Kingsholm, where they finished the season unbeaten.

606: DEBATE

Winger Foster was taken out by Thomas Castaignede before he had a chance to dive on a kick-ahead by man-of-the-match Ryan Lamb and the fourth official awarded a penalty try.

Jackson slotted a penalty to keep Saracens in touch, but they paid the price for going a man down when Kameli Ratuvou was sin-binned for taking out Iain Balshaw as he attempted to catch a cross-field kick.

From an ensuing scrum, Hazell broke down the blind-side to feed scrum-half Richards, who nipped over to score in his last match at Kingsholm before heading to London Irish.

Sarries threatened a comeback after the interval, with Jackson slotting a penalty, but the hosts again stepped up a gear as number eight Narraway powered over in the corner.

Jackson added another Sarries kick but his side were unable to halt the Gloucester onslaught as Foster, Allen, Hazell and Califano all crossed and Walker continued to rack up the conversions.

Gloucester will play Leicester in next week's final at Twickenham after the Tigers beat Bristol.


Gloucester: Walker, Balshaw, Simpson-Daniel, Allen, Foster, Lamb, Richards, Wood, Azam, Nieto, Bortolami, Brown, Buxton, Hazell, Narraway.
Replacements: M. Davies, Califano, Eustace, James, Lawson, Adams, Goodridge.

Saracens: Castaignede, Scarbrough, Sorrell, Farrell, Ratuvou, Jackson, de Kock, Lloyd, Byrne, Visagie, Fullarton, Raiwalui, Gustard, Hill, Skirving.
Replacements: Cairns, Johnson, Chesney, Seymour, Rauluni, Powell, Penney.

Referee: W Barnes (RFU)



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