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Aviva Premiership: Gloucester come from behind to beat Newcastle 22-16
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Rob Cook and Jonny May scored tries as Gloucester came from behind to beat Newcastle 22-16 at Kingston Park in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday.
Fly-half Freddie Burns also kicked four penalties, as the visitors came from 10-0 down to seal their second win of the campaign and their first in the North East since 2007.
The Falcons sped to an early lead thanks to Tom Catterick's first-minute try and masterful kicking by Rory Clegg, but the Cherry and Whites hit back in the second half as Burns found his range to claim victory.
The hosts fired straight from the whistle and crossed for the opening try of the game within 60 seconds.
Falcons captain Will Welch broke the Gloucester line and passed the ball to fellow back-rower Ally Hogg, who released wing Catterick for a race to the whitewash.
Newcastle fly-half Clegg then added the extras with a conversion that curled inside the posts despite the swirling conditions as the home side took a 7-0 lead.
Newcastle's perfect start almost continued when centre Adam Powell again broke the Cherry and White's line, but his pass to Noah Cato was poor.
Both sides were favouring an open, running game, but Newcastle also had the edge up front, with Gloucester penalised at two consecutive scrums.
The second came from a Billy Twelvetrees fumble as the visitors attempted to run the ball from their own 22, which resulted in Clegg extending Newcastle's lead from the penalty tee.
However, Gloucester soon got their first points on the board from the boot of Burns with a simple penalty after Newcastle killed the ball.
Newcastle were quickly on the front foot again, though, as they pressurised Gloucester's line from a driving maul. Despite surviving the initial wave, the Cherry and Whites quickly saw the lead returned to 10 points as Clegg did not miss when another Falcons maul was pulled down.
Burns failed to cut the gap by missing a penalty, but the visitors moved back to within five points thanks to Cook's try. The full-back squeezed in at the corner and was awarded the try by the TMO but Burns missed the resulting conversion as Newcastle took a 13-8 lead into half-time.
Gloucester started the second-half strongly and won a penalty after centre Henry Trinder was tackled high, which Burns duly slotted.
The visitors were starting to take a grip on the game and they stretched Newcastle up front before dealing a hammer blow with a flowing backs move which put May across the line for their second try of the game. Burns missed the conversion but May's score meant Gloucester were ahead for the first time in the match.
Not to be outdone, Newcastle's black tide swept deep into Gloucester territory and won a penalty, which substitute stand-off Phil Godman gratefully scored to level the match at 16-16 with 20 minutes to play.
Newcastle were their own worst enemy five minutes later when they gifted Burns a penalty close to goal as Gloucester again edged ahead.
Catterick then attempted a long-range penalty effort from just inside the halfway line but it drifted wide as Newcastle's hopes faded, with Burns sealing Gloucester's win with another penalty strike.
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|19:45||Bath vs Sale Sharks|
|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|
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|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|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 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|
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