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Stanley confirms double injury blow

Gloucester coach Andrew Stanley confirmed Ryan Mills and James Simpson-Daniel had both been taken to hospital for assessment after they suffered leg injuries during Saturday's 20-3 LV= Cup victory over Newcastle.

Gloucester had made an impressive start to the game, scoring an early try through Freddie Burns before the two injuries occurred and stretchers were brought on to the pitch for both men.

Stanley said: "It's very unfortunate that they both have injuries to their lower legs and at this stage we don't know the extent of their problems.

"We started off energetically in those first 20 minutes and created a few opportunities but those injuries and the break in play disrupted our flow."

Gloucester did eventually emphasise their superiority with a second-half try from Mike Tindall, while Burns kicked 10 points.

Rory Clegg's penalty was the Falcons' only contribution.

"Newcastle brought down a pretty strong side for this competition but after the interval we refocused and started again with one of the real plusses was keeping our line intact," Stanley added.

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards was unhappy with his side's performance.

"Our players are very despondent as they know they played with a lack of accuracy," he said.

"We lacked a little bit of composure and turned over the ball far too often and played in the wrong areas of the field.

"It was great learning curve for some of our youngsters, especially front rowers, George McGuigan and Scott Wilson who are only 19 and 20 years of age."

Next weekend, Newcastle face a difficult task against Northampton in the Aviva Premiership.

"We are looking forward to it but we are expecting a tough game," Richards added.

"However if we took today into next week we would struggle."

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