Match Centre: Gallagher Premiership: Northampton Saints 90-0 Gloucester

Ollie Sleightholme scored a hat-trick for Northampton Saints
Ollie Sleightholme scored a hat-trick for Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints 90-0 Gloucester, cinch Stadium @ Franklin's Gardens

Northampton Saints ran a 14-try riot as they blanked out Gloucester 90-0 at cinch Stadium @ Franklin's Gardens.

This was also the biggest win of the season for a club going past Bristol's 85-14 victory over Newcastle as Northampton now have 90 points - four more than second-placed Saracens while Gloucester continue to remain in ninth with 27 points.

The opening try came inside two minutes as George Hendy sent a wide pass for George Furbank to touchdown and in the 12th minute, Fraser Dingwall also went over the line following a line out.

Ollie Sleightholme scored the first of his tries in the 20th minute as he collected a pass from Fin Smith to dot down with the fly-half kicking the third conversion to make it 21-0. There was no respite for Gloucester as Curtis Langdon scored back-to-back tries.

On the stroke of half time, Alex Mitchell completed their sixth try after good work from Courtney Lawes as the home side completed the opening half with a 40-0 lead.

The Saints continued the momentum into the second half as Furbank breached Gloucester's defence in setting up Alex Waller over the line and Sam Matavesi followed suit in the 49th minute to extend the lead to 52-0.

With Gloucester losing Jacob Morris to a yellow card, Emmanuel Iyogun on his 50th appearance collected an offload from Freeman and in the 56th minute, Sleightholme dived in the corner for his second to make it 68-0. The start of the final quarter saw Alex Moon picking up from a ruck to dot down and shortly after, Sleightholme completed his hat-trick to extend the lead to 80-0.

While Gloucester missed their only chance to open their account when Charlie Atkinson was off target with a penalty, further tries from Tom James and Sam Matavesi ensured Northampton went on to complete a record 90-0 victory.

Team line-ups:

Northampton: Furbank; Hendy, Freeman, Dingwall, Sleightholme; F Smith, Mitchell; Waller, Langdon, Davison; Moon, Coles; Lawes, Scott-Young, Augustus

Replacements: S Matavesi, Iyogun, Millar-Mills, Mayanavanua, Graham, James, Odendaal, Seabrook

Gloucester: Hathaway, Hearle, Hillman-Cooper, Reeves, Morris, Atkinson, Varney; Elrington, Socino, Knight, Clark, Thomas, Tuisue, Ludlow, Clement.

Replacements: Scarfe, Vivas, Balmain, Eite, Nixon, Chapman, Adderly-Jones, Jones

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