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Redpath: Kicking the difference

Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath admitted Newcastle's kicking had proved to be the difference as his side lost 12-6 in the north east.

Jimmy Gopperth kicked his four penalties to help ease the Falcons away from bottom side Leeds, with Gloucester failing to make the most of penalties presented to them in the first half.

"I think three dull penalties in the first half was the difference. We didn't kick the points at that time and potentially we should have," Redpath said.

"Credit to Newcastle. Micky Young kicked the ball, Jimmy Gopperth kicked the ball but there wasn't a lot of rugby in the conditions."

While the result brought Gloucester's four-game winning run to an end, it marked just Newcastle's second success of the season and head coach Alan Tait was understandably delighted, even if he did have reservations about some of their play.

He said: "I thought we were spot on in the first half but it all started to go wrong when we went for off the top ball at the line-out, but fortunately we got the result."

James Hudson returned from two months out with a hamstring injury to captain Newcastle, and Tait readily acknowledged his role in the win.

He added: "James holds us together, he was outstanding at the line-outs. We are proud of the team, it was a great effort and will take us forward."


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