Select Edition

Northern Northern
Southern Southern
Global Global
NZ NZ

Newcastle finish miserable season winless as Gloucester bounce back

By PA
Newcastle react to defeat at Gloucester (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Newcastle finished the Gallagher Premiership season without a single win as Gloucester were convincing 54-14 winners in Saturday’s finale at Kingsholm.

ADVERTISEMENT

As a result, Falcons followed in the footsteps of Rotherham in 2003/04 and London Welsh 2014/15, who also failed to record victories in a league season and this latest reverse left Falcons with a mere five points from their 18 league fixtures.

After last week’s 90-0 humiliation at the hands of Northampton, Gloucester were mightily relieved to finish on the winning side but it still was not enough for them to avoid statistically their worst-ever Premiership season.

Video Spacer

Sharks defence coach Joey Mongalo gives an update on their injured World Cup winners ahead of the big Euro Final

Video Spacer

Sharks defence coach Joey Mongalo gives an update on their injured World Cup winners ahead of the big Euro Final

Zach Mercer, Chris Harris, Charlie Atkinson, Ollie Thorley, Seb Blake, Jonny May, Alex Hearle, and Josh Hathaway scored their tries with Caolan Englefield converting five. Stephen Varney and Santiago Socino each added a conversion.

Jamie Blamire and Matias Moroni scored Newcastle’s tries, both of which Brett Connon converted.

Fixture
Gallagher Premiership
Gloucester
54 - 14
Full-time
Newcastle
All Stats and Data

Newcastle began brightly but it was their opponents who opened the scoring. Their first attack saw acres of space created for Charlie Atkinson to race into the visitors’ 22 from where Mercer was on hand to force his way over.

Englefield converted before Gloucester scored an excellent second try. Deep inside his own half, Harris chipped ahead for Hathaway to collect before returning the ball to Harris, who ran 35 metres to the line.

ADVERTISEMENT

Minutes later, Newcastle’s early woes continued when the hosts took advantage of a couple of favourable bounces for Atkinson to win the race to touchdown, with a third conversion from Englefield giving Gloucester a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Newcastle needed a swift response and got one when Blamire finished off a driving line-out but Gloucester soon picked up their bonus-point try when a break from Englefield set up Thorley.

However, Falcons kept in contention at half-time with a try from Moroni but they still trailed 26-14 at the interval.

A minute after the restart, Gloucester extended that advantage when Blake crashed over from a driving line-out before May celebrated his final home appearance for the club with his side’s sixth to extinguish any Newcastle’s hopes of a shock result.

ADVERTISEMENT

Ahead of next week’s European Challenge Cup final against the Sharks, Gloucester replaced some of their leading lights, with skipper Lewis Ludlow and impressive scrum-half Englefield both departing as Argentina hooker Socino came on for his final appearance at Kingsholm.

Socino brought the crowd to their feet with a 30-metre burst before Falcons lock Tim Cardall was sin-binned with eight minutes remaining.

The home side immediately capitalised with a try from Hearle and then another from Hathaway to emphasize their superiority over a spirited but limited Newcastle.

ADVERTISEMENT

Join free

LIVE

{{item.title}}

Trending on RugbyPass

Comments

0 Comments
Be the first to comment...

Join free and tell us what you really think!

Sign up for free
ADVERTISEMENT

Latest Features

Comments on RugbyPass

TRENDING
TRENDING Bold RG Snyman call made as Munster change 4 for Glasgow semi-final Bold RG Snyman call made as Munster change 4 for Glasgow semi-final
Search