Gloucester too strong for Newcastle Falcons

Gloucester proved to be too strong for Newcastle Falcons as they scored a 34-9 bonus point victory at Kingsholm on Saturday.

The bonus-point win bolstered the Cherry and Whites’ play-off hopes and dealt
another blow to the Falcons as they bid to safeguard their top-flight status.

Alan Tait’s men lie just six points ahead of bottom-placed Leeds Carnegie,
who face Exeter at Headingley on Sunday knowing that victory would edge them
to within touching distance of their northern foes.

Freddie Burns landed a penalty and then scampered clear for a try which he
also converted to put Gloucester 10-0 up.

Three penalties from Jimmy Gopperth cut the gap to a point before half-time
but Gloucester were in total control after the restart.

Burns kicked his second penalty and Henry Trinder then went over in the 64th
minute when he collected Luke Narraway’s fine offload to scuttle clear.

Tim Taylor converted that try and Newcastle then lost Ally Hogg to the sin-bin
and were made to pay as Jonny May went over for that, Taylor converted from
the touchline.

And with a bonus-point touchdown now up for grabs, Rory Lawson rounded off
more good work by Narraway for a score which Taylor converted.

Final Score Gloucester 34 (10) Newcastle 9 (9)


Tries: Burns, Trinder, May, Lawson
Conversions: Burns, Taylor 3

Newcastle Falcons
Penalties: Burns 2
Penalties: Gopperth 3


Gloucester Rugby: Freddie Burns; Jonny May, Tim Molenaar, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, Tom Voyce; Nicky Robinson, Rory Lawson; Nick Wood, Olivier Azam, Paul Doran-Jones; Jim Hamilton, Alex Brown; Alasdair Strokosch, Akapusi Qera, Luke Narraway (capt)

Replacements:Scott Lawson, Alasdair Dickinson, Rupert Harden, Dave Attwood, Brett Deacon, Jordi Pasqualin, Tim Taylor, Henry Trinder

Newcastle Falcons :15 Alex Tait , 14 Tane T’uipulotu , 13 Rob Vickerman , 12 Luke Eves , 11 Rikki Sheriffe , 10 Jimmy Gopperth , 9 Micky Young, 8 Ally Hogg, 7 Will Welch , 6 Mark Wilson , 5 Tim Swinson , 4 James Hudson , 3 Euan Murray , 2 Rob Vickers,1 Grant Shiells

Replacements : 16 Matt Thompson , 17 James Hall , 18 Kieran Brookes , 19 Glen Townson , 20 Alex Gray , 21 Chris Pilgrim , 22 James Fitzpatrick , 23 Tom Catterick


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