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Match Reaction: Newcastle Falcons 20 Gloucester Rugby 10

Match Reaction: Newcastle Falcons 20 Gloucester Rugby 10

Director of rugby David Humphreys had no hesitation in pinpointing the moment Gloucester Rugby were beaten by a resurgent Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park.

Newcastle now have three wins in their last four Aviva Premiership Rugby games after Sinoti Sinoti’s early second-half try proved to be a killer blow for the Cherry & Whites.

John Afoa scored his fist Aviva Premiership Rugby try inside the opening minute but five Rory Clegg penalties ensured the Falcons were often in the driving seat.

And after Gloucester made a slow start to the second half, winger Sinoti pounced to grab what proved to be the decisive score.

“At half time, 9-7 down having played under the elements, it was probably not a bad turnaround but the game was lost in the first ten minutes of the second half,” said Humphreys.

“We dropped a couple of kicks and made a couple of small mistakes and credit to Newcastle, they took their opportunities.

“We got off to the perfect start playing into pretty horrible conditions and for large parts of the first half we were pretty good.

“We felt a little disappointed with the penalty count and for a team that has been hugely disciplined throughout the course of the season, that’s something we have to look at now.

“In the second half there was an enormous effort from the players and I think everyone dug pretty deep but lacking a little bit of quality, a little bit of execution and a little bit of accuracy at key points.

“At the end of the game we had two 20-year-olds playing at half-back and I think they both did really well in the conditions.

“We are really testing the depth of our squad and while hugely disappointing to have lost again tonight, what we’re hopefully doing is building that depth which we know we need to build if we want to be successful later on in the season.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Dean Richards, whose side are now just three points off Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, was bursting with pride after the result.

"We're delighted, the boys showed a lot of character after conceding early try,” he said. "It was the kick up the bum we needed – we knew it wouldn't be easy and we had to stick to our guns.

"We came in after the first half a bit down in terms of points, but in the second half we had to go out there with our back against the wall and play hard. I was delighted for the boys.

"We played the wind and the conditions really well. We didn't flinch and played some really good stuff."

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Newcastle Falcons: Tait, Sinoti, Tiesi (Powell 58), Socino, Tuilagi, Clegg, Blair, Vickers, Lawson, Tomaszczyk, Green, Barrow, Wilson, Saull (York 55), Hogg
Replacements not used: McGuigan, Rogers, Wilson, Robinson, Fury, Hammersley
 
Gloucester Rugby: McColl, Sharples (Isaacs 3), Meakes, Atkinson, Purdy (Thomas 41), Burns, Robson (Braley 24), Thomas (Gibbons 71), Dawidiuk, Afoa (Knight 71), Palmer, Hudson (Stooke 72), Savage, Kvesic, Moriarty
Replacements not used: Cole, Evans
 
Scorers
 
Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Sinoti
Penalties: Clegg 5
 
Gloucester Rugby
Tries: Afoa
Penalties: Burns
Conversions: Burns
 
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
Attendance: 6,512

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