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Bates hails Gopperth display
Fly-half impresses Falcons boss
We were really competitive, kept the ball well, the pack played well and Jimmy's kicking was outstanding and he was really influential.
Quotes of the week
Newcastle director of rugby Steve Bates praised the efforts of Jimmy Gopperth after the fly-half helped the Falcons to a 25-13 victory over Gloucester at Kingston Park.
Newcastle, who had previously won just one home game in the Guinness Premiership this season, finally got their act together to ease the team's relegation fears.
Gopperth kicked 20 points for the hosts while Tom Biggs powered over for a first-half try, leaving Bates satisfied with the performance.
"The result was the most important thing," said Bates.
"We were really competitive, kept the ball well, the pack played well and Jimmy's kicking was outstanding and he was really influential - it was not just his goal-kicking but also his tactical kicking and, in fact, he could have kicked it more for me."
Bates revealed his side's humiliating 58-15 defeat at Saracens last Sunday had made them hungry for a win.
"The lads were really hurting after last weekend and they bounced back well. They were hurt by Sunday's result and they were determined tonight to show people and put that right," he said.
"The four points is a huge boost and we will go to Quins at the weekend with huge ambition. The lads bounced back well from last weekend and the win gives us some breathing space and we can build on that."
The Cherry and Whites were competitive in the Kingston Park clash, with Nicky Robinson kicking two penalties and Tim Taylor powering over for a try.
But head coach Bryan Redpath believes his men failed to take advantage of crucial opportunities, and says they must now win all their remaining fixtures to stay in contention for Heineken Cup qualification.
"After losing the LV=Cup final to Northampton, I told the players every game would be like another cup final," he said.
"If we want to make the top six we now have to win all our games. The players let themselves down today - Newcastle controlled their possession and took their chances and we made far too many errors, we don't need to look any further than ourselves for the reasons we lost.
"We coughed the ball up and Newcastle didn't. At 10-6 it was anyone's game, but we let them get away from us and it was catch-up after that."
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle Falcons|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs Sale Sharks|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|13:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
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