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Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 31 Gloucester Rugby 19

03 Feb 2018
Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 31 Gloucester Rugby 19

Kyle Cooper crossed for a first-half double as Newcastle Falcons put one foot in the Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-finals with victory over Gloucester Rugby.

The Falcons will have to wait until Sunday to confirm their spot as Leicester Tigers – who could still overhaul them in Pool 4 – will need a try-fest against Wasps.

But Dean Richards’ side held up their end of the bargain on Saturday afternoon at Kingston Park as Cooper produced two close-range finishes in the first half.

England flanker Mark Wilson was also on the scoresheet, the back rower bursting clear from range after yet another fine break from the irrepressible Cooper.

The Cherry & Whites – already out of contention for the semi-finals – opened the scoring when Ben Vellacott snuck over.

They also had a score from Gareth Evans in the first half as the Falcons went in 21-14 to the good.

Alex Tait’s score sealed what could be the vital bonus point for the Falcons soon after the break before the boot of Toby Flood stretched their lead.

And while Matt Scott went over for Gloucester’s third in the second half, the Falcons held on for an impressive victory – and they will now wait to see what happens on Sunday when the Tigers take on Wasps.

Attendance: 4,096

This year’s Anglo-Welsh Cup Final will be at the iconic Kingsholm Stadium, home of Gloucester Rugby, on Sunday 18 March. To buy tickets and be part of an unforgettable occasion click here

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