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Burns hands Gloucester victory

A late penalty from Freddie Burns gave Gloucester a 27-24 victory over Northampton in a thrilling game at Kingsholm.

The outside-half kicked 17 points to seal a game which neither side deserved to lose. The visitors will reflect that Ryan Lamb failed with two simple penalties, which deprived the Saints of victory - and they will rue the carelessness which gave away a vital try just before the interval.

The home backs were sharper with fine displays from Burns and Jonny May but in the second half they were deprived of possession by a formidable Northampton pack that grew stronger as the game progressed, with Roger Wilson and Tonga'uiha at the core of that effort.

Charlie Sharples and Darren Dawidiuk crossed over with a first-half try apiece for the home side, with Soane Tonga'uiha and George Pisi hitting back with tries of their own deep into the second half - with one conversion from Stephen Myler - and Lamb's earlier four penalties.

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