Saracens 45 Gloucester 12
GLOUCESTER finished a disappointing season in defeat as Saracens ran in seven tries at the Honourable Artillery Company ground.
Dan Murphy and Shane Monahan both scored for the Cherry and Whites but it was not enough to finish the campaign on a positive note as the hosts ran riot.
Romanian wing Catalin Fercu grabbed a brace of four tries, while Will Edwards, Tim Streather and Eoin Sheriff also touched down.
Following the shock sacking of Nigel Davies on Monday, Andrew Stanley took the reins of Gloucester for the capital clash.
He was restricted in his selection by an ever-increasing casualty list and international call-ups but was still able to name the likes of captain Tom Savage, Rob Cook and Jimmy Cowan.
But it was Saracens who quickly took control of the encounter despite a bright start from Stanley’s men.
Ben Ransom pounced on some loose ball to release Fecu, who raced home for a try Ben Spencer converted and within a matter of minutes the hosts stretched their lead further.
Streather created the opening with an outside break and he found full-back Edwards in support to canter home.
Gloucester appeared to be mounting a fight-back but they were dealt a major blow when Cowan was harshly sin-binned for an alleged dangerous tackle.
It did not take Saracens long to capitalise on their numerical advantage with their juggernaut back laying the foundations before the ball was spread to Streather.
A Cook interception almost led to a try but his pass to Sam Westcott was averted in flight by the hosts before promising wing Kai Little went on a mesmerising run.
Saracens infringed at the breakdown and following a quick-tap penalty Murphy bull-dozed over for the Cherry and Whites’ opening try which Cook then converted.
But there was little let up from Saracens in the second-half as Fercu added a hat-trick to his earlier score and Sherriff barged over.
Gloucester continued to battle and some quick hands from Westcott sent Monahan over the whitewash but it was too little, too late.
Saracens: Will Edwards; Jack Wilson, Tim Streather, Ben Ransom, Catalin Fercu; Nils Mordt, Ben Spencer; Rhys Gill, Jared Saunders, Petrus du Plessis, Hayden Smith, Eoin Sheriff, Justin Melck (capt), Scott Spurling, Tom Jubb
Replacements: Nick Auterac, Titi Lamositele, Gregor Gillanders, Harry Broadbent, Tom Whitley, Josh Sharp, James Tirrell, Ian Vass, Rory Teague
Tries - C Fercu (4), W Edwards, T Streather, E Sheriff; Cons – B Spencer (3), J Sharp (2)
Gloucester Rugby: Steph Reynolds; Shane Monahan, Andrew Bulumakau, Charlie Foley, Kai Little; Rob Cook, Jimmy Cowan; Dan Murphy, Dan George, Shaun Knight, Lua Lokotui, Tom Hicks, Tom Savage (capt), Thomas Young, Joe Batley
Replacements: James Stevenson, James Gibbons, Tom Heard, Rory Bartle, Max Cresswell, Reece Boughton, Sam Westcott, Rory Damant
Tries – D Murphy, S Monahan; Con – R Cook
Referee: Andrew Small