Louis Rees-Zammit marked his British and Irish Lions choice with two tries as Gloucester beat lacklustre Northampton 31-7 within the Premiership.
The winger capped a tremendous 14th-minute transfer in a poor first half that noticed fellow Welsh Lion Dan Biggar fail a head damage evaluation.
Ed Slater and Jack Singleton elevated Gloucester’s lead after half-time.
Rees-Zammit’s second strive sealed the bonus level earlier than Henry Taylor received a comfort strive for Saints.
The consequence – Gloucester’s largest win of the season – sees them keep tenth within the Premiership as fifth-placed Northampton’s play-off hopes took a blow.
With Lions boss Warren Gatland within the stands Billy Twelvetrees’ early penalty put Gloucester forward earlier than Rees-Zammit’s strive ended the very best transfer of the primary 40 minutes.
Mark Atkinson’s no-look move allowed Santiago Carreras to interrupt into open floor earlier than passing to Rees-Zammit who went over in the correct nook.
There have been worries when Biggar’s head clashed with Twelvetrees’ shoulder because the pair dived for a free ball – the Northampton fly-half failed a head damage evaluation though he did stroll from the sector below his personal steam.
Slater went in from 15 metres after George Furbank’s free kick was gathered by Jordy Reid and Twelvetrees added a second penalty quickly after.
One other Saints penalty arrange the short-range line-out for Gloucester’s third as Singleton was compelled over earlier than Rees-Zammit used his famend tempo to pounce on a Saints fumble as he touched down Willi Heinz’s field kick with 20 minutes to go.
A fracas within the aftermath of the strive noticed Carreras and Saints’ Piers Francis sin-binned and Gloucester have been additional diminished quickly after when Tom Seabrook intentionally knocked on.
Gloucester’s defence was spectacular all through and with a person down they did properly to cease Tommy Freeman going over with 12 minutes left earlier than Taylor snuck in from the again of a ruck inside the ultimate 10 minutes as Saints averted a primary shutout since 2005.
Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd:
“We didn’t win any facet of the sport and the scoreline mirrored that.
“We have been embarrassed and it was unacceptable.
“What it means is that now we have misplaced management of our future and to get into the highest 4 we want others to lose.”
Gloucester and British and Irish Lions winger Louis Rees-Zammit:
“It has been an impressive week for me.
“Being picked by the Lions didn’t actually sink in till that evening once I had dinner with my brother and my dad and mom on their twenty sixth marriage ceremony anniversary.
“I had messages from everybody I do know, and extra, and I can not thank sufficient everybody who has helped me, however my focus is taking part in my half for Gloucester within the last 4 matches of the season and moving into the highest eight.
“I’m not somebody who will get forward of himself and the gamers right here preserve me humble.”