We didn’t deserve to win – Humphreys

Date published: April 26 2015

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Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys admitted his team was somewhat fortunate to snatch a last-minute victory over Newcastle on Saturday.

Falcons threw away a 40-23 lead as the home side made a thrilling comeback, edging the result in the last minute thanks to a Billy Burns try to win 42-40.

Humphreys was a relieved man but hopes his team will take momentum into the coming weeks.

"We sneaked a victory but we probably didn't deserve it," said Humphreys.

"The first half was very disappointing as we may have been hungover from last week.

"The second half was much better and we showed some real composure late on as by the end we had all the momentum."

Gloucester's day was marred by injuries to Jonny May, Sione Kalamafoni and Dan Murphy – a major concern ahead of next week's European Challenge Cup final against Edinburgh.

"The injuries are very hard to assess this early after the game, but we will know more after 48 hours," Humphreys added.

"It's a huge day out for the club next week."

Newcastle boss Dean Richards was a frustrated man and could not hide his disappointment as he digested defeat at Kingsholm.

"We felt we were in a with real shout, so it's very disappointing," said Richards.

"We gave them some easy points and, surprisingly, we tired a bit. Rory Clegg's kicking was impeccable and it's a pity that he missed that tackle at the end."

"We always knew they had the ability to come back and their impact players made a big difference. It was a good surface to play on and Gloucester are a good team to play against as they play attacking rugby."

Newcastle captain Will Welch echoed his director of rugby's thoughts.

"For 60 minutes it was a great performance, but we were out on our feet and dropped off tackles," he said.

"We could have controlled it better as we let it slip, which is the story of our season."

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