David Humphreys salutes Gloucester after four-try show overwhelms Newcastle
Gloucester boss David Humphreys was delighted by his side's reaction to last week's defeat by Saracens as they recorded a bonus-point win over Newcastle at Kingsholm.
Humphreys saw his side build a 25-6 interval lead with an impressive first-half effort but a dour second half saw Gloucester go off the boil and have to wait until the fading moments for their bonus-point try.
After the 32-6 win, Humphreys said: "In the first half we were very good, our set-piece and ambition to play was outstanding. After last week there was a huge sense of frustration but we played very well against a form team in the Premiership and deserved our bonus-point win.
"The second half was frustrating as we turned the ball over far too much, which stopped us building up pressure. The expectation around the crowd placed a great weight on our shoulders but we remained patient and there were a huge sense of relief when we got the fourth try."
Tom Savage scored that, to follow earlier tries from Bill Meakes and Ross Moriarty. James Hook added another, with the outside-half kicking two penalties and two conversions. Billy Twelvetrees was also successful with one conversion.
Craig Willis kicked two penalties for the Falcons after coming in as a late replacement for Andy Goode at outside-half.
Newcastle boss Dean Richards said: "Andy's been struggling all week, he's knackered so common sense prevailed. We made a number from last week, we were hoping that the change would have been seamless but unfortunately it wasn't.
"The first half killed us as we got on the wrong side of the referee, we gave away easy penalties and being 25-6 down at the interval we had no chance.
"The boys are disappointed, they are a far better side than that and we'll just have to put a line under that game."
Next up, Newcastle face a huge game against Worcester at home next Friday as both clubs seek to move away from the relegation zone.
Richards said: "We should have Andy (Goode) back for Friday and Sean Robinson as well. Sinoti Sinoti had a good 20 minutes today. Will Welch tweaked a knee so we stopped him coming out for the second half as a precaution."