Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester Rugby, Nov 2017

A very cold night in Newcastle to see The Falcons loose easily to Gloucester Rugby and continue their poor run in the Premiership.

The visitors built up a 19-0 lead with tries from Andy Symons, Jeremy Thrush and Henry Purdy before Mark Wilson went over from a maul for the hosts.

Former England centre Billy Twelvetrees increased Gloucester’s lead with a penalty before being sin-binned.

Gareth Denman added a fourth try to secure a bonus point and consign the Falcons to a fourth successive defeat.

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards:

“It’s very disappointing and frustrating, as it was last week. We made a lot of mistakes and showed an inability to score despite the amount of possession we had.

“We should have scored more tries than we did. We looked pretty pedestrian in defence as well to be honest, making mistake after mistake and it probably cost us the game.

“We had a chat at half-time and it comes down to our understanding of how to play the game and if you are going to attack laterally all the time and put no variety on your game then you’ll never score enough tries.”

Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann:

“I don’t like it when people say we are top-four contenders.

“Obviously, we take confidence from the win but you know it’s not going to get any easier and if you say that sort of thing you are putting a cross on your back and teams will start coming after you.

“We still have to play some quality teams home and away and we don’t want to get carried away – there is still some hard work to be done.

“We have a fair number of players to come back and to have some of our young players standing up and showing they can perform at this level is very encouraging.”

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