Ashton triple seals Saints win over Gloucester

A Chris Ashton hat-trick of tries has put Northampton Saints on top of the Premiership with their 38-23 victory over Gloucester.


Nicky Robinson opened the scoring for Gloucester with a penalty in the third minute, but the Saints surged ahead with two penalties and a try.


Stephen Myler slotted the two penalties while Chris Ashton provided the first try of the match inthe 12th minute as the hosts went 13-3 ahead.


The gap shrunk in the 32nd minute as Charlie Sharples crashed over for Gloucester before Robinson added the extras, but Myler kicked a third penalty as Northampton took a 16-10 lead into the change rooms.


The Saints increased their lead shortly after the break as Dylan Hartley scored a try in the 46th minute before Myler converted.


The hosts’ dominance continued with Ashton’s second try of the match, but Dave Attwood responded with one of his own for Gloucester in the 62nd minute.


However, Ashton bagged a hat-trick of tries in the last minute of the match to secure a well deserved victory for the hosts.


Northampton (16) 38 Gloucester (10) 23


Scorers


Northampton Saints
Tries: Ashton 3, Hartley
Cons: Myler 3
Pens: Myler 3, Geraghty


Gloucester
Tries: Sharples, Attwood
Con: Robinson 2
Pens: Robinson 3


Teams


Northampton Saints: B Foden; C Ashton, J Clarke, J Downey, B Reihana; S Myler, L Dickson; S Tonga’uiha, D Hartley (c), E Murray, I Fernandez Lobbe, J Kruger, C Lawes, P Dowson, R Wilson.


Replacements: B Sharman, R Dreyer, B Mujati, M Easter, N Best, A Dickens, S Geraghty, J Ansbro.


Gloucester: F Burns; C Sharples, J May, M Tindall (c), Simpson-Daniel; N Robinson, R Lawson, N Wood, O Azam, P Doran-Jones, D Attwood, A Brown, A Strokosch, J Boer, A Eustace.


Replacements: S Lawson, A Dickinson, P Capdevielle, W James, P Buxton, J Pasqualin, O Morgan, T Voyce.

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