Newcastle Falcons picked up their second win of the Premiership season, defeating Gloucester 18-13 at Kingsholm.
The visitors recovered from last weekend's narrow defeat at home to Leicester against a lacklustre Gloucester side who were somewhat fortunate to take a losing bonus point from the contest. The win was Newcastle's first at Kingsholm since 2012, with the single point picked up by their hosts not enough to keep them in close reach with the teams in the top half of the standings.
Pressure from a maul led to the game's opening try for Newcastle as Dom Wauldock broke against the Gloucester defence and touching down. Mike Delany converted, but the scores were level before the 10 minute mark as Ross Moriarty used his strength to go forward and across the line, with Billy Burns kicking the extras.
Burns then handed the hosts the lead for the first time with a penalty after his side were given advantage metres from the line. A tight first half was epitomised when after chances for both sides to score, Newcastle levelled up the tallies as Moriarty was penalised for a challenge, with Moriarty's kick never in doubt. The topsy-turvy nature of the first half somewhat transcended into the second as the Falcons received a penalty 40 metres out.
Delany went for goal and made no mistake in handing back the visitors the lead. Gloucester then pushed to get themselves back into the game, but the Falcons were equal to everything being thrown at them and soaked up the pressure like a sponge before squeezing it back out on their opponents. Alex Tait made the run up the short side and was found expertly by Michael Young before crossing the whitewash, stunning the home fans into silence.
However, with moments remaining, Greig Laidlaw got Gloucester back into losing bonus point territory with a penalty from 40 metres out following an aerial challenge from Alex Rogers. That was the last of the action though, and the hosts had to settle for losing bonus point on a largely disappointing day in front of the Kingsholm faithful.
Pens: Burns, Laidlaw
Tries: Waldouck, Tait
Pens: Delaney 2
Gloucester: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Henry Purdy, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Willi Heinz(c), 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Jacob Rowan, 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Mariano Galarza, 4 Tom Savage, 3 John Afoa, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Paddy McAllister
Replacements: 16 Darren Dawidiuk, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Paul Doran-Jones, 19 Joe Latta, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Greig Laidlaw, 22 James Hook, 23 Billy Twelvetrees
Newcastle Falcons: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Alex Tait, 13 Dominic Waldouck, 12 Juan Pablo Socino, 11 Sinoti Sinoti, 10 Mike Delany, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 8 Ally Hogg, 7 Will Welch (c), 6 Mark Wilson, 5 Evan Olmstead, 4 Calum Green, 3 Jon Welsh, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Rob Vickers
Replacements: 16 Ben Sowrey, 17 Alex Rogers, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Will Witty, 20 Daniel Temm, 21 Michael Young, 22 Joel Hodgson, 23 Belisario Agulla
Referee: Dean Richards
Assistant Referees: Andrew Jackson & Jonathan Healy
TMO: David Sainsbury