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Gloucester's winning run ended


Jimmy Gopperth

Jimmy Gopperth

Jimmy Gopperth

Gloucester's winning streak came to an end as they suffered a 12-6 defeat to Newcastle in pouring rain at Kingston Park.

Jimmy Gopperth gave Newcastle a 9-0 lead when he successfully kicked three penalties and the Kiwi increased the Falcons lead with his fourth kick just after the interval.

Freddie Burns responding twice for the visitors to narrow the deficit, however, the hosts were able to hang on for a victory.

An offside in the second minute gave Gopperth a penalty opportunity 30 metres out and the Falcons fly-half made no mistake, but neither side were able to establish a pattern of play in the opening exchanges.

When Gloucester chose to run it from the scrum they were immediately in trouble and infringed in front of their posts, giving Gopperth a simple task to make it 6-0.

The home side were then disrupted by an enforced double substitution, losing prop forward Tim Ryan and winger Charlie Amesbury to injuries and with the interval approaching, Young put up a high ball into the 22 which Gloucester fumbled and were then penalised at the ruck.

Gopperth had no difficulty with his third attempt to put Newcastle 9-0 ahead at the break.

Newcastle quickly grabbed the initiative after the restart, forcing two line-outs near the Gloucester line and although the visitors cleared comfortably both times, when Newcastle's Jeremy Manning returned a kick with interest the ball was fumbled and a penalty awarded. Gopperth's kick was his easiest so far and made it 12-0.

Gloucester finally got on the scoreboard after 50 minutes with a similar effort, the Falcons going over the top at a ruck and Burns reducing the deficit.

At the other end the ball fell kindly for Gopperth on the 22 but his drop-goal attempt drifted narrowly wide, however, play swung back to the other 22, Newcastle handed in a ruck and Burns was able to narrow the gap to 12-6 from 30 metres.