Newcastle Falcons sneak past Gloucester

Newcastle Falcons pulled off a vital 26-25 Aviva Premiership Rugby victory over Gloucester at Kingston Park on Friday evening.


The Premiership victory is Newcastle’s second of the season and was also Gloucester’s fourth straight defeat.


The last eight clashes between these two Premiership teams have now all been won by the home side on the day.


Newcastle were trailing 17-20 at half time but Jimmy Gopperth kicked three penalties to put the Falcons into the lead.


Scott Lawson tightened up the match with a second half try in the 65th minute but Freddie Burns missed the conversion which kept the Falcons leading by a point.


Gopperth could have given Newcastle a little more breathing space in the final minutes but missed a penalty and the Falcons held on to their one point lead to win.

Although the visitors scored three tries to two, from Olly Morgan, James Simpson-Daniel
and Scott Lawson, it was boot of Jimmy Gopperth which proved the difference.

And it was those 16 points from the fly-half, aided by tries from Jordy Pasqualin
and James Fitzpatrick which brought much relief to Kingston Park.

The Falcons came into the match rooted to the foot of the table and judging
by the opening couple of minutes, they were a side seemingly devoid of confidence.

With the wind against them in the first period, a wayward Jimmy Gopperth kick
allowed the visitors to attack the hosts’ 22, and good hands from Simpson-Daniel
sent Morgan scampering in at the corner.

But Newcastle began to grow into the game and Gopperth responded with a penalty
before he converted Pasqualin’s try.

Two Freddie Burns’ three-pointers regained Gloucester’s advantage after 20 minutes.
And it was to get worse for the Falcons when Simpson-Daniel once again showed
his quality with a superbly taken try.

However, the North East side hit back when Fitzpatrick powered through a gap
after Alasdair Strokosch was yellow carded for a trip.

Despite being 17-20 down, the hosts looked favourites going into the second
period with the wind now behind their backs. And Gopperth duly levelled matters
with a penalty two minutes into the half, before adding another to give Newcastle
the lead.

A third three-pointer in the quarter gave the Falcons a six-point advantage,
but Gloucester responded with typical vigour and went over again when Scott
Lawson touched down, but Burns missed the crucial conversion.

The visitors looked dangerous late on but they couldn’t force the victory.

Final Score Newcastle 26 (17) Gloucester 25 (20)


Scorers


Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Pasqualin, Fitzpatrick
Penalties: Gopperth 4
Conversions: Gopperth 2


Gloucester
Tries: Morgan, Simpson-Daniel, Lawson
Penalties: Burns 2
Conversions: Burns 2


Referee: Greg Garner (26th Premiership game)


Teams


Newcastle Falcons


15 Greg Goosen , 14 Suka Hufanga , 13 Corne Uys , 12 James Fitzpatrick , 11 Ryan Shortland , 10 Jimmy Gopperth , 9 Jordi Pasqualin , 8 Ally Hogg, 7 Will Welch , 6 Taiasina Tuifua , 5 Andrew Van Der Heijden , 4 James Hudson , 3 Euan Murray ,2 Michael Mayhew , 1 Grant Shiells ,


Replacements 16 Joe Graham , 17 Ashley Wells , 18 Dan Frazier , 19 Adriaan Fondse , 20 Mark Wilson , 21 Chris Pilgrim , 22 Jamie Helleur , 23 Tom Catterick


Gloucester


Olly Morgan; James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, Tom Voyce; Freddie Burns, Dave Lewis; Nick Wood, Scott Lawson, Rupert Harden; Will James, Jim Hamilton; Alasdair Strokosch, Akapusi Qera, Luke Narraway (capt)


Replacements:Matias Cortese, Dan Murphy, Dario Chistolini, Peter Bu

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