Newcastle Falcons overcome Gloucester with 21-20 win

Joel Hodgson kicked 11 points for Newcaslte Falcons
Joel Hodgson kicked 11 points for Newcaslte Falcons

Gloucester Rugby 20-21 Newcastle Falcons, Kingsholm Stadium

Newcastle Falcons kept their play-off hope alive with a thrilling 20-21 win over Gloucester Rugby in their Aviva Premiership encounter at Kingsholm Stadium on Saturday.

This is Newcastle's sixth victory away from home in the Premiership and also ended Gloucester's unbeaten home record.

Joel Hodgson started the proceedings with a third minute penalty and Gloucester's response came 10 minutes later when Jason Woodward crossed over. Billy Burns though missed out on the conversion.

The momentum once again swung towards the visitors when Ally Hogg danced past the post in the 18th minute while Hodgson slotted the extras. Gloucester suffered a setback when Halaifonua Tonga was sin-binned in the 24th minute and Hodgson kicked two more penalties to take Newcastle Falcons to a 5-16 lead at the break.

The start of the second half saw Tonga and Michael Young trade tries and this time both Burns and Hodgson missed on the extras.

As the final quarter kicked-off, Mark Atkinson overpowered Maxime Mermoz to score Gloucester's third try and for the third time Burns missed out on the conversion. The fourth try too came for Gloucester with five minutes to go and this time replacement Billy Twelvetrees missed out on the conversion as they succumbed to a one point defeat.

The win has taken Newcastle Falcons to the third position while Gloucester are at fifth.

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