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Falcons boost survival hopes

Newcastle recorded a stunning 29-20 victory at Kingsholm to give themselves renewed hope of avoiding relegation from the Aviva Premiership.

The Falcons' first league away win for almost 14 months was secured through tries by flanker Ally Hogg and replacement back-row forward Mark Wilson, while captain Jimmy Gopperth kicked 19 points.

Gloucester wiped out a 19-6 interval deficit to lead by a point with nine minutes left, but Newcastle finished strongly and are now just four points behind 11th-placed Wasps with two games remaining.

The home side conjured a try for flanker Akapusi Qera, with fly-half Freddie Burns booting five penalties, but Gloucester's hopes of Heineken Cup qualification were severely dented as they even failed to secure a losing bonus point.

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