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Summary

  1. FT: Gloucester 31-23 Saracens
  2. Mako Vunipola lasts 70 minutes on his Sarries return
  3. Gloucester's Burns stretchered off injured
  4. Saracens miss chance to go top of the table
  5. Gloucester - Try: Marshall, Thrush, Hibbard; Cons: Burns 2: Pens: Burns 3, Twelvetrees
  6. Saracens - Try: Brits, Fraser; Cons: Lozowski 2; Pens: Bosch, Lozowski 2

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By Emma Thurston

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Thank you and goodnight

Thank you so much for joining us this evening, what a night for Gloucester!

If you want to take another look at the action then we'll leave you with the match report to peruse at your leisure 

Until tomorrow... 

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Room for more?

FT: Gloucester 31-23 Saracens

That's definitely how you start a Premiership weekend - huge intensity from both sides and an enthralling encounter. 

Congratulations again to Gloucester on their victory and don't forget we've got so much more to come tomorrow.

Saturday 17 February [15:00 GMT]

Bath Rugby v Harlequins 

Worcester v Exeter 

Leicester v Bristol 

Holm and dry

FT: Gloucester 31-23 Saracens

With the W Gloucester's strong record at Kingsholm continues - they've lost just once there since early October. This victory moves them up to 8th in the table, level on points with Northampton, who head to Kingston Park on Sunday afternoon. 

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'Different defeat'

FT: Gloucester 31-23 Saracens

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall told BT Sport:

It was a very different defeat to last week's performance and I don't think that you can't fault the effort. I just don't think that we were as smart as we needed to be especially at the start of the second half.

FT: Gloucester 31-23 Saracens

Tom Garry

BBC Sport at Kingsholm

What a contest. Gloucester will be thrilled. Saracens had not lost two straight games since May 2015 and they go home disappointed for the second week running now.

But Richard Hibbard's late score gave the hosts a win they arguably deserved. 

It was a bruising battle and this crowd have been treated to a Friday night special.

'Complete 360'

FT: Gloucester 31-23 Saracens

Man of the matchTom Marshall told BT Sport:

It was a complete 360, last week we were absolutely awful to be fair and this week we came to Kingsholm and put our pride on the line. We knew that if we didn't amend last week's performance then our season would be hanging on a thread.

Big night

FT: Gloucester 31-23 Saracens

Tom Marshall is named the Aviva Premiership man of the match with 17 carries and over 90 metres made. He was everywhere this evening alongside stellar outings from Ben Morgan, Willi Heinz and Ross Moriarty too. 

All those with Cherry and White in their hearts will sleep easy tonight because that was the performance that they've been looking for. 

Billy Burns injury update

Great to read the update from Freddie Burns on his brother's condition after Billy was stretched off the field during the second half. 

And breathe... spoke to @BillyBurns10 and he's seems as ok as he can be right now. Now I know how my mum feels 🙌🏽

Full-time

Gloucester 31-23 Saracens

You have to go back to May 2015 to find the last time that Saracens lost two first team games back-to-back but there's no question that Gloucester deserved that victory.  

Jeremy Thrush of Gloucester Rugby celebrates with Billy Twelvetrees of Gloucester
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Gloucester 31-23 Saracens

Saracens are keeping the ball but the clock is fast approaching 80... 

The crowd are roaring every second down and Kingsholm erupts as Wayne Barnes blows the full-time whistle. 

Gloucester 31-23 Saracens

Gloucester know that they need to play out these final few minutes well yet it's Saracens with the line-out on the 22. Do they have what it takes with the clock very much against them?

Try (Hibbard)

Gloucester 31-23 Saracens

Gloucester secure the line-out well and then their pack rumble into action. They surge forwards and as soon as he spots his opportunity Richard Hibbard dives to touch the ball down. 

With five minutes to play it's a huge score but Billy Twelvetrees can't add the extras and we're heading into a tense finale. 

Richard Hibbard tackle
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* It's not a shot of the try, but this was a flying tackle by Hibbard earlier.

Gloucester 26-23 Saracens

Gloucester secure the restart and they break up field. First, it's a line break from Ben Morgan and next David Halaifonua charges down the left wing. 

Halaifonua gets the offload away, it bounces off Brad Barritt into touch. Big moments for Gloucester here!

Penalty (Twelvetrees)

Gloucester 26-23 Saracens

Saracens are penalised for playing the man in the air at the line-out and it's in a kick-able position. As you'd expect Gloucester immediately point towards the posts with Billy Twelvetrees calmly puts them ahead. 

Gloucester 23-23 Saracens

We're into the final ten minutes and yet still no closely to finding out which side will take the spoils tonight. 

Saracens have finally decided that Mako Vunipola's first shift back is finished and he leaves the field alongside Richard Wigglesworth. 

Gloucester 23-23 Saracens

Saracens still have the ball in hand but aren't finding a way through a steely Cherry and White defensive wall. Instead Alex Lozowski attempts the drop-goal and it soars well wide.

Gloucester 23-23 Saracens

Saracens are upping their intensity in every regard and James Hook is put under huge pressure trying to clear. He can't execute cleanly and the result of possession from the hosts in a key attacking position. 

Sean Maitland of Saracens is challenged by Tom Savage of Gloucester Rugby
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Gloucester 23-23 Saracens

Saracens are looking to control this match through the kicking of Richard Wigglesworth and they're slowly maknig their way up the field. 

It's a physical old contest and we're just pausing again after Wayne Barnes intercepts play due to his concern for Motu Matu'u. Outstanding from the referee putting player welfare at the forefront. 

Gloucester 23-23 Saracens

Hands up if you love a bit of kick-tennis!!?

Well I think it was 30-30 before Willi Heinz fluffed his next attempt and Saracens have the line-out on the half-way line. 

Try (Fraser, con Lozowski)

Gloucester 23-23 Saracens

Saracens set up the driving maul and their forward pack take full advantage of Gloucester missing Paul Doran Jones' presence. Will Fraser finishes the move and Alex Lozowski nails the conversion. 

We're back level with everything still to play for.   

Sin-bin (Doran Jones)

Gloucester 23-16 Saracens

The first piece of play sees Paul Doran Jones sent to the sin bin and that's exactly what his side could have done without. 

Gloucester 23-16 Saracens

Billy Burns off injured
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Billy Burns is stretchered from the field with the crowd showing their support for him and we all wish him the very best. 

Gloucester 23-16 Saracens

Mako Vunipola has been making himself really busy on his first outing since October with 13 carries and two offloads made. They're stats that Eddie Jones will be pleased with from his position in the stands. 

Mako Vunipola
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Gloucester 23-16 Saracens

We've a break in play while Billy Burns is receiving medical treatment. During that last defensive set the fly-half flew heroically into a tackle but caught his head on the wrong side. Naturally the medics are taking their time to examine him and we hope that it isn't too serious.  

Gloucester 23-16 Saracens

Here's the Saracens that we're familiar with as their forward pack rumble forwards with ease. 

The visitors are pressing towards the line with real purpose but Gloucester have halted their opponents on the line four times and counting before heading back to a penalty. 

Penalty (Lozowski)

Gloucester 23-16 Saracens

Gloucester are penalised for all being offside and as a result it hands Alex Lozowski the chance to get his side off the mark in this second half. 

Needless to say they are three vital points to stem the tide of the Cherry and Whites' endeavour. 

Gloucester 23-13 Saracens

Tom Marshall is everywhere this evening, so much so that we might need confirmation that there's not two of him!

This time he breaks but gets a little over excited and puts the ball out on the full. Clearly not the ideal finish to the move but we're pretty sure that's not going to be his last break of the evening. 

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Thrush try delights home fans

Gloucester 23-13 Saracens

Tom Garry

BBC Sport at Kingsholm

Delirium around Kingsholm. Jeremy Thrush?! It is only his second try for Gloucester. Where did that come from?

Try (Thrush, con Burns)

Gloucester 23-13 Saracens

Gloucester player Jeremy Thrush intercepts a pass from Saracens Will Fraser before running in to score
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Gloucester are upping their physicality and forcing uncharacteristic mistakes from the champions.  

Saracens try to clear their lines but Jeremy Thrush pounces on a loose pass and accelerates home to the roar of the home crowd. 

Gloucester 16-13 Saracens

There's a spot of concern for Saracens as Sean Maitland is now receiving treatment after trying to evade the clutches of Jeremy Thrush. 

Meanwhile the rest of the players take a well-earned breather before Wayne Barnes sets up the scrum. 

Gloucester 16-13 Saracens

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Sean Maitland breaks through the middle of the field and Alex Lozowski continues the march forward before Ben Morgan halts the fly-half's full back. 

A chip through to continue the attack is dealt with well by Tom Marshall and Gloucester clear their lines. 

Gloucester 16-13 Saracens

The same intent and tempo is there from the hosts and it takes a Sean Maitland mark for them to get their hands on the ball.

Gloucester's intensity is higher than we've seen it all season and they're on the money in every regard so far tonight. 

Kick-off

Gloucester 16-13 Saracens

Marcelo Bosch of Saracens is tackled
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There's a new face onto the field after the break - Kelly Brown is on in place of Schalk Burger. 

The hosts are unchanged and Billy Burns gets us back under way. 

HT: Gloucester 16-13 Saracens

They'll be plenty to discuss in both dressing rooms at the break and you sense that the hosts will be the happier of the two. 

Can they keep their momentum building? It's almost time to find out as both teams head back onto the field. 

Big second half to come

HT: Gloucester 16-13 Saracens

Tom Garry

BBC Sport at Kingsholm

Saracens full back Sean Maitland runs into the tackle of Ross Moriarty
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Fast-paced, physical and tight. This game has all the ingredients needed for a superb second half.

Gloucester have given one of their best displays of the season so far - since the opening 10 minutes, that is. Their only regret will be that they're not further ahead.

Billy Burns' boot has them three points up at the break but it could easily be a 10-point cushion.

Half-time

Gloucester 16-13 Saracens

Saracens started with a SchalkBrits try before Tom Marshall - one of the standout players of the half - struck back for the hosts. 

From the tee the boots of Marcelo Bosch, Alex Lozowski and Billy Burns have all been on song and we've an intriguing second 40 minutes ahead. 

Schalk Brits
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Penalty (Burns)

Gloucester 16-13 Saracens

Brad Barritt puts in a big hit on David Halaifonua and it's just a little over-zealous. Wayne Barnes signals for the penalty and Billy Burns nails it to end the half. 

Gloucester 13-13 Saracens

Gloucester are finishing with real intent, David Halaifonua charges through on his own and he's stopped just metres short from the line. 

It's a great tackle and rip of the ball from Sean Maitland - a try saver perhaps - and they attempt to clear their lines. 

Gloucester 13-13 Saracens

Saracens disrupt a Gloucester line-out but it doesn't quite work out as planned as they fumble it into touch. 

As the clock ticks down it's the hosts with the ball, can they add a few vital points before the break?

Penalty (Burns)

Gloucester 13-13 Saracens

Six minutes to the break and it's all square as Billy Burns rewards his side for their sustained pressure. 

Billy Burns
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