Bonus-point win for Gloucester

Date published: February 27 2016

Gloucester secured a bonus-point victory over Newcastle Falcons in the Premiership on Saturday, running out 32-6 winners at Kingsholm.

James Hook was one of the standout performers for the hosts, who have now won three of their last four matches in the Premiership.

In a dull second-half, Tom Savage scored the all-important fourth try which helps Gloucester up to seventh, while Falcons are left looking nervously over their shoulder in tenth, despite a recent upturn in form.

The game was wrapped up in the first-half as the visitors failed to deal with a persistent Gloucester side who find themselves within touching distance of the top three.

The hosts started well, winning a couple of penalties in the opening exchanges. Captain Hook missed the first, but made no mistake from the tee from 10 metres out.

From the restart, Gloucester put the pressure on again, and scored the afternoon's first try through Bill Meakes. The Australian got on the end of a great kick from Willi Heinz before crossing the whitewash. Hook added the extras with ease, but missed another penalty midway through the first half.

The skipper atoned for his error soon after, dotting down after good play from the backs exposed space in the Falcons' defence. Hook converted his own try, making it 17-0.

Newcastle looked all at sea from the first kick, and Hook kicked a simple penalty from five metres to extend his side's advantage.

Falcons fans had something to cheer finally, with Craig Willis kicking from the tee from range, but Laurie Fisher had more to cheer when his side scored their third try. Heinz was again the maker, starting a move which ended with Ross Moriarty touching down. Hook was unable to convert.

With the last action of the half, Newcastle gave themselves something of a foothold, Willis with his second penalty of the day.

The first 20 minutes of the second-half were dominated by both defences, which suited Gloucester and their significant lead.

Newcastle pressed well at times, but had neither the consistency nor the attacking threat to score a try.

Going into the last ten minutes, Gloucester looked for the bonus point try, and Savage delivered. He went over after a powerful surge forward much to the delight of the Kingsholm crowd. Billy Twelvetrees added the extras, and the second-half's only significant moment.

The scorers:

For Gloucester:
Tries: Meakes, Hook, Moriarty, Savage
Con: Hook 2, Twelvetrees
Pen: Hook 2

For Newcastle:
Pen: Willis 2

Gloucester: 15 Rob Cook; 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Bill Meakes, 12 Billy Twelvetrees (c), 11 Henry Purdy, 10 James Hook, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Lewis Ludlow, 7 Jacob Rowan, 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Mariano Galarza, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 John Afoa, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Paddy McAllister
Replacements: 16 Darren Dawidiuk, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Paul Doran-Jones, 19 Tom Savage, 20 Matt Kvesic, 21 Callum Braley, 22 Billy Burns, 23 Henry Trinder

Newcastle: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Giamba Venditti, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Adam Powell, 11 Marcus Watson, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 8 Ally Hogg, 7 Will Welch (c), 6 Richard Mayhew, 5 Mark Wilson, 4 Calum Green, 3 Taione Vea, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Rob Vickers
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Alex Rogers, 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Todd Clever, 21 Michael Young, 22 Craig Willis, 23 Juan Pablo Socino

Referee: Dean Richards
Assistant Referees: Roger Baileff, Paul Burton
TMO: Rowan Kitt