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Gloucester reaction pleases Redpath

Gloucester boss Bryan Redpath praised his players after the Aviva Premiership play-off contenders reacted in bonus-point fashion to their Harlequins horror show last weekend.

Three converted tries during 12 second-half minutes - the last two after Newcastle number eight Ally Hogg was sin-binned - underpinned Gloucester's 34-9 victory. And it kept them in third spot as they recovered from a 53-15 drubbing by Quins, a performance that Redpath described as "embarrassing".

Redpath said: "We didn't have a huge amount of control in the first-half. We ended up kicking poorly and kicked in the middle of the pitch too much. In the second-half we had a lot more continuity, and we got some form of reaction from last weekend. There was frustration in the first 60 minutes, but that's life - credit to Newcastle, they were very dogged."

He added: "We just had to focus on this game and cut all the expectation chat out of where we think we can and can't be. You have got to get on with the game that comes up next and not the game that is three or four weeks down the line.

"The honesty the players showed all week was great. There was a little bit of nervousness because we were so disappointed after last week, but we didn't concede a try and we worked hard to score four. On the whole, I am pretty happy."

The Falcons 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.

Falcons head coach Alan Tait felt his team were firmly in contention at the interval, but offered no excuses for a second half when Gloucester scored 24 unanswered points.

"We just weren't at the races in the second-half," he said "We had been so upbeat at half-time, but we didn't finish off the chances and breaks we made.

"At half-time, we said Gloucester seemed to be toiling a little bit, but a couple of mistakes - including a crazy error in defence - they are the kind of things that as a coach you just hold your head. We are where we are. We've got four home games to come, and the boys are going to have to pull together."


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