Northampton Saints 7 Gloucester 31 In terms of bad days at the office, Northampton swore at their boss, spilt coffee on their clothes and chucked the printer out the window. This performance was as clueless and lacklustre as the Saints have been in the Chris Boyd era, in a major blow to their play-off hopes. The early exit of talismanic fly-half Dan Biggar, who failed a Head Injury Assessment, did not help the Saints’ cause. Warren Gatland, in the stands at Franklin’s Gardens, on Thursday named Biggar in his squad for this summer’s tour of South Africa and the Lions head coach would have hoped to witness a grand battle of his Welsh Lions, with Louis Rees-Zammit on the wing for Gloucester, but such a contest never transpired. In any case, Biggar, declared “Ok and asymptomatic” by Boyd, would have had to put in some performance to overshadow Rees-Zammit, who scored two of Gloucester’s tries in the bonus-point win – their biggest of the season, and Northampton’s biggest defeat. When asked for his take on Northampton’s dire showing, their director of rugby could not offer one positive. “Not a single redeeming feature,” Boyd said. “The English are good when they walk their dogs, they pick up stuff to put in those little bags. We had a big one of those bags today. “There was something in our preparation and performance that was unacceptable. Everyone in the changing room is pretty embarrassed.” For all that was bad about Northampton, however, there was plenty of good about Gloucester, who registered just their second away win this season. There was fizz up front, embodied by the industriousness of flanker Jordy Reid, while the string-pulling of centre Mark Atkinson allowed the pace of Rees-Zammit to flourish. After fly-half Billy Twelvetrees gave the visitors an early lead from the tee, the Atkinson-Rees-Zammit axis came to the fore. The centre, who cannot be far away from higher honours, flicked the subtlest of inside balls to wing Santiago Carreras, before an inviting pass allowed Rees-Zammit to score. The 20-year-old Welsh flyer, who was not aware that Gatland was in attendance, said that he was “over the moon” with his Lions selection.