Premiership: Saracens 44-12 Gloucester

Saracens racked up a bonus-point win after Gloucester prop Nick Wood suffered the second-fastest sending-off in Premiership history.

With just 73 seconds on the clock, Wood received a red card for a stamp on the face of Sarries flanker Jacques Burger.

Freddie Burns crossed for the hosts but Gloucester led 12-10 at half-time thanks to Freddie Burns's boot.

But after the break, David Strettle's brace and tries from Schalk Brits and Billy Vunipola secured the bonus point.

Gloucester's situation in the second half was not made any easier by the sin-binning of number eight Sione Kalamafoni for dragging down the maul after 55 minutes, leaving them with just 13 men on the pitch.

But it will be the swift dismissal of Wood which lives longest in the memory for the fans in attendance at Allianz Park.

The game had barely got going when Wood stamped down on the face of Burger, straight in front of referee Wayne Barnes who had no hesitation in brandishing his red card.

The fastest sending off in Premiership history remains Mick Watson's  dismissal after 42 seconds when playing for London Scottish against Bath in May 1999.

More to follow.


Saracens: Wyles; Ashton, Tomkins, Taylor, Strettle; Farrell, Wigglesworth; Gill, George, Stevens, Borthwick, Hargreaves, B. Vunipola, Burger, Joubert.

Replacements: Ransom for Taylor (79), Mordt for Farrell (79), Spencer for Wigglesworth (71), M. Vunipola for Gill (14), Johnston for George (56), Brits for Stevens (56), Botha for Hargreaves (57), Wray for Joubert (73).

Gloucester: Cook; Sharples, Trinder, Twelvetrees, Simpson-Daniel; Burns, Knoyle; Wood, Dawidiuk, Harden, Savage, Lokotui, Kvesic, Qera, Kalamafoni.

Replacements: M. Thomas for Cook (61), Tindall for Trinder (65), Cowan for Knoyle (60), Britton for Dawidiuk (61), Y. Thomas for Harden (55), Stooke for Lokotui (55), Murphy for Qera (7), B. Morgan for Kalamafoni (66).

Sin Bin: Kalamafoni (56).

Sent Off: Wood (2).

Att: 9,200

Ref: Wayne Barnes (RFU).