Gallagher Premiership: Gloucester produce second-half comeback to beat Wasps; Earning Departure Sale | Rugby Union News

Charlie Atkinson, Brad Shields and Burger Odendaal looked to put Wasps in an unassailable position at the interval, but Gloucester fought back; Sale managed to hang on after a late Northampton fightback to get his campaign off to a flying start

Last update: 09/11/22 7:09 p.m.

Players at the AJ Bell Stadium pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II ahead of the game between Sale and Northampton

Gloucester produced a dramatic second-half comeback to kick off their Gallagher Premiership campaign with a 27-21 win over Wasps at Kingsholm on Sunday.

After missing out on a place in the play-offs last season by two points, the home side looked far from that form as Wasps jumped to a 21-point lead before the break.

Tries from fly-half Charlie Atkinson, back row Brad Shields and center Burger Odendall and three conversions from Atkinson put the Wasps in control.

Gloucester produced a stunning second-half comeback

Gloucester produced a stunning second-half comeback

But Gloucester, inspired by Louis Rees-Zammit, looked a different team after the interval, with the Welshman running from deep within his team’s 22 to score before scrum-half Charlie Chapman added a second try in two minutes during the third quarter.

Adam Hastings added a conversion and a penalty, before Gloucester were awarded a penalty try with just over 12 minutes to play.

Wasps were reduced to 13 players, Gloucester taking advantage, and lock Freddie Clarke completed an emotional response by crashing from close range and earning a bonus point in the process.

Sale Sharks' Sam James scores a try as his side held on for victory

Sale Sharks’ Sam James scores a try as his side held on for victory

Sale delays Northampton’s late response

Sale fended off a late Northampton fightback to start their season with a 29-22 victory.

Sale scored the only try in a tightly contested opening period but Saints were blown away by three quick scores midway through the second half to trail 29-3.

Phil Dowson’s men fought back with two tries from Tom Collins and a score from Ollie Sleightholme, but Sale held on for the win.

Both matches paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday, with poignant moments of silence followed by renditions of God Save the King.

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