Match Centre: Gallagher Premiership: Saracens 46-24 Gloucester

Owen Farrell was part of the winning Saracens side
Owen Farrell was part of the winning Saracens side

Saracens 46-24 Gloucester, StoneX Stadium

Tom Parton scored a hat-trick as Saracens defeated Gloucester 46-24 in the latest round of the Gallagher Premiership at StoneX Stadium on Saturday.

This is ninth win for Saracens from 15 games as they consolidated their third position in the table with 47 points while Gloucester continue to remain at ninth place.

Parton's hat-trick came in less than 21 minutes as he became the fastest to score three tries in the history of the Premiership.

The first of the three Parton's try came in the 7th minute as he dived in the corner at the back of the line out and in the 12th minute he collected a looping pass from Alex Goode to touchdown. Saracens skipper Owen Farrell kicked both the conversions as they raced to a 14-0 lead.

The record moment came in the 20th minute with this time when Aled Davies defeated the final corner and released Parton to help him complete the hat-trick. Farrell missed out on the conversion but made amends with a penalty goal in the 31st minute as Mark McCall's men completed the opening half with a 22-0 lead.

The start of the second half saw Gloucester were down to 14 players temporarily with Albert Tuisue sin-binned for a high tackle but Farrell's conversion drifted wide. Even though Saracens could not make use of the numerical advantage, they soon claimed the bonus point in the 56th minute when Tom Willis powered his way over at the back of a maul. Farrell once again missed out on the conversion as Saracens scored 32 unanswered points.

Gloucester eventually opened their account in the 59th minute when Josh Hathaway collected a grubber kick from Sebastian Blake but his effort was negated with Olly Hartley scoring three minutes later making it 39-5. With 14 minutes left in the game, Saracens got their seventh try with Lucio Cinti Luna diving in the corner.

The final 10 minutes saw Hathaway complete his hat-trick while Seb Blake also went over to help them claim a bonus point but Saracens secured another victory to keep their hope of finishing in the top two alive.

Team line up:

Saracens: Goode; Segun, Cinti, Tompkins, Parton; Farrell (capt), Davies; Mako Vunipola, Dan, Riccioni, Itoje, McFarland, Gonzalez, Earl, Willis

Reserves: George, Mawi, Hoskins, Isiekwe, B Vunipola, Simpson, Manu Vunipola, Hartley

Gloucester: Barton; Hathaway, Hillman-Cooper, Atkinson, Morris; Atkinson, Englefield; Vivas, Socino, Balmain, Clark, Thomas, Tuisue, Ludlow (capt), Clement

Reserves: Blake, Elrington, Knight, Eite, Nixon, Chapman, Reeves, Jones

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