Match Centre: Gallagher Premiership: Gloucester 54-14 Newcastle

Ollie Thorley was one of the try scorer for Gloucester
Ollie Thorley was one of the try scorer for Gloucester
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Gloucester 54-14 Newcastle Falcons, Kingsholm

Newcastle Falcons finished the Premiership season winless as they were defeated by Gloucester with a 54-14 margin in the final league round at Kingsholm on Saturday.

This is fifth win for Gloucester in 18 games as they finished ninth in the table while Newcastle with their 18th defeat from as many games finished at the bottom of the table.

Gloucester made a promising start as Charlie Atkinson raced through the 40m line before he was held back with eventually Zach Mercer went over in the 11th minute and shortly Josh Hathaway and Jonny May combined to send Chris Harris over for their second try in the 18th minute. Caolan Englefield kicked both the conversions as they home side raced to a 14-0 lead.

The 20th minute saw Atkinson complete his second after good work from Seb Atkinson and Englefield once again followed with the conversion to make it 21-0 before Newcastle responded through a try from Jamie Blamire making it 21-7.

The bonus point for the Cherry and Whites came in the 31st minute when Englefield found Ollie Thorley as he dotted down before Matias Moroni found a gap and dived over under the posts as the teams completed the opening half with a 26-14 scoreline.

The Cherry and Whites were the quickest to get off the block in the second half when Seb Blake crossed over at the back of a maul and Jonny May dived in the corner in the 48th minute to extend their lead to 40-14. The final 10 minutes saw Newcastle playing with a player less as Tim Cardall was the man penalised for collapsing the maul as further tries from Alex Hearle and Hathaway allowed Gloucester to complete a 54-14 victory.

Team line up:

Gloucester: Hathaway; May, Harris, S Atkinson, Thorley; C Atkinson, Englefield; Ford-Robinson, Blake, Gotovtsev; Clarke, Thomas, Ackermann, Ludlow, Mercer.

Reserves: Socino, Vivas, Knight, Tuisue, Clement, Varney, Hearle, Morris.

Newcastle: Brown; Radwan, Moroni, Hutchison, Redshaw; Connon, Stuart; Brocklebank, Blamire, Bello, Cardall, Hawkins, Cross, Pepper, Chick.

Reserves: Byrne, Dormer, Palframan, Scott, Lockwood, Elliott, Jennings, Spencer.

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