- Gloucester 16-19 Saracens
- England captain could be cited for high tackle during win
Rugby union seems to be in a state of permanent upheaval but some things never change. Gloucester remain fiendishly difficult to beat at home, where the roar of the fans is worth a 16th man and more, but Owen Farrell is one of the steeliest competitors in sport. It was the Saracens captain’s long-range drop-goal, with the final kick, that settled a pulsating encounter neither side deserved to lose.
Gloucester must be sick of the sight of Farrell, who won the match between the sides at the StoneX Stadium last September with a cold-eyed late penalty. The England man had missed four times off the tee but clinched victory when it counted. Farrell’s high hit on the Gloucester replacement Jack Clement may attract the attention of the citing commissioner, however, which could endanger his availability for the start of the Six Nations on 4 February.
Written by Luke McLaughlin at Kingsholm
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/jan/06/owen-farrells-nerves-of-steel-give-saracens-victory-over-gloucester under the title “Owen Farrell’s dramatic drop goal earns Saracens thrilling win over Gloucester”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.