Tom Kessell’s late try drives Northampton past Gloucester

• Northampton 23-20 Gloucester
• Saints come from behind to seal second home Premiership win

The scrum-half Tom Kessell came off the bench to earn victory for Northampton who registered only their second home Premiership win of the season. Two struggling sides produced a mistake-ridden encounter but an exciting finish, with Kessell’s try with 10 minutes to go following a Louis Picamoles offload proving decisive against Gloucester.

A Picamoles converted try and Stephen Myler penalty had given Northampton a 13-3 half-time lead but tries from Jacob Rowan and Charlie Sharples, plus seven points from Greig Laidlaw, had put Gloucester 20-16 ahead with 21 minutes to go. It would have been a rare win at Franklin’s Gardens for the visitors but Northampton roused themselves to snatch victory, although the performance again raised more questions than answers after a poor start to the campaign.

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