Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Gloucs bounce back against Falcons

Freddie Burns

Gloucester recovered from a Harlequins horror show seven days ago to put their Aviva Premiership play-off bid back on track with a 34-9 win over Newcastle at Kingsholm.

The Falcons, 29 points and eight places below their opponents in the league table before kick-off, last won on Gloucester soil during their Premiership title-winning campaign 13 years ago, yet three Jimmy Gopperth penalties kept them in contention for much of a low-quality contest.

Full-back Freddie Burns, wing Jonny May, scrum-half Rory Lawson and substitute Henry Trinder scored tries for Gloucester, while Burns slotted two conversions and two penalties for a 15-point haul before Tim Taylor added the final two conversions.

Gloucester, smashed 53-15 by Quins last Saturday, stay third in the table and on course for a title play-off spot with a bonus-point triumph that owed everything to them scoring three converted tries in 12 second-half minutes.

The victory followed their 34-7 LV= Cup final win against Newcastle just two weeks ago, although this latest performance fell well short of that display in terms of quality.

For their part, Newcastle remain just six points above bottom club and relegation favourites Leeds Carnegie ahead of the Yorkshire club hosting Exeter on Sunday, and they will head home licking their wounds after they pushed Gloucester for an hour.

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