Burns boots Gloucester to Newcastle victory

England and Gloucester flyhalf Freddy Burns kicked two late penalties to help his team to a 13-22 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle Flacons at Kingston Park.

The Falcons dominated the opening 30 minutes and took a 13-3 lead through
Tom Catterick’s try and the boot of Rory Clegg, with Freddie Burns responding
for the Cherry and Whites.

However, Rob Cook crossed the whitewash before a Burns’ penalty and Jonny May
touchdown sent the visitors into the lead.

Phil Godman levelled matters but the Gloucester stand-off kicked two more three-pointers
to secure the victory.

Newcastle have adapted well to life back in the Premiership, securing a 15-14
triumph at Sale Sharks in Round Two.

But it is their home form which will be the key for their survival in the top
division, and Catterick’s first minute try signalled their intentions.

Will Welch made the initial break before Ally Hogg sent the Falcons’ winger
clear. Clegg converted and then added a penalty as the hosts took a 10-0 advantage.

The fly-halves traded penalties before the visitors hit back with a score from
full-back Cook as the Tyneside-based outfit went into the interval 13-8 ahead.

Although Newcastle were in the lead, it was Gloucester who were in the ascendency
at the start of the second period and Burns reduced the deficit to two points
after 48 minutes.

May then scampered over after good work from James Simpson-Daniel and Henry
Trinder to complete the turnaround.

And despite Godman briefly restoring parity with a three-pointer, Burns was
on target twice from the tee late on to revive their hopes of mounting a play-off

Final Score Newcastle (13) 16 Gloucester (8) 22


Try: Catterick
Con: Clegg
Pens: Clegg 2, Godman

Tries: Cook, May
Pens: Burns 4

Match Officials
: Andrew Small (89th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Robin Goodliffe and Paul Dix
TMO: Trevor Fisher.


Newcastle Falcons

15 Alex Tait, 14 Noah Cato, 13 Adam Powell, 12 James Fitzpatrick, 11 Tom Catterick, 10 Rory Clegg, 9 Mike Blair, 1 Franck Montanella, 2 Matt Thompson, 3 Oliver Tomaszczyk, 4 Carlo del Fava, 5 Dom Barrow, 6 Mark Wilson, 7 Will Welch (c), 8 Ally Hogg

Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Rob Vickers, 18 Scott Wilson, 19 Scott MacLeod, 20 Chris York, 21 Warren Fury, 22 Phil Godman, 23 Alex Crockett


Rob Cook; James Simpson-Daniel, Henry Trinder, Billy Twelvetrees, Jonny May; Freddie Burns, Jimmy Cowan; Dan Murphy, Darren Dawidiuk, Shaun Knight; Tom Savage (capt), Will James; Sione Kalamafoni, Matt Kvesic, Ben Morgan

Replacements:Koree Britton, Yann Thomas, Rupert Harden, Elliott Stooke, Gareth Evans, Dan Robson, Mike Tindall, Charlie Sharples

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