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Match Reaction: Gloucester Rugby 28-19 Newcastle Falcons

Match Reaction: Gloucester Rugby 28-19 Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons will play their rugby in the Championship next season after a bonus-point win for Gloucester Rugby at Kingston Park on Saturday sealed their relegation fate.

Dean Richards’ men started strongly with a brilliant try for Micky Young but were pegged back by Jason Woodward and Danny Cipriani before Sinoti Sinoti cut the gap – Charlie Sharples also getting over in the first half.

Newcastle gave it their all after the break and got a third through youngster Jamie Blamire but Matt Banahan’s intercept try was the nail in the coffin, making certain of five points for Gloucester.

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MAN OF THE MATCH – Danny Cipriani

Fly-half Danny Cipriani’s excellence was on show once again at Kingston Park as he pulled and prodded in all the right places to move the Newcastle defence around.

Gloucester’s first came as Cipriani sent out his pass at just the right time for Jason Woodward to hit a gap and then minutes later the fly-half went over himself, holding Newcastle’s momentum.

TRY OF THE MATCH

With Newcastle knowing a big performance was needed they duly started exceptionally well, with one of the tries of the season on ten minutes.

A lovely move attacking out of their own half so Toby Flood on a loop and Alex Dunbar break upfield, fellow centre Johnny Williams involved and Micky Young applying the finish.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

It may have been a sad day for Newcastle Falcons but they had a moment to celebrate on 57 minutes as youngster Jamie Blamire forced his way over.

Blamire was making his first Gallagher Premiership Rugby start and the academy prospect showed admirable determination to threaten a comeback for his side.

WHAT THEY SAID

Gloucester scorer Banahan said: “I think luckily the legs took me home but I also think they must’ve not watched the game of me at Northampton and getting caught!

“For the team it was nice to get the bonus point and give the fans that last home game feeling. We wanted to play some good rugby and get the win, especially with a bonus point.”

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards said: “Relegation is obviously a blow but we have a huge amount of talent within our squad, and guys really pushing their claim.

“The boys who came in didn’t look out of place at all, they deserved to be there and we will bounce back stronger from this now.

“We have an A-Team semi-final on Monday and the home game against Bristol on the 18th, then everything is geared towards coming back into the Premiership at the first time of asking.”

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