Snubbed England star bags 60m scorcher as Newcastle edge Gloucester
Newcastle turned the form-book on its head with a thrilling 27-21 victory in a remarkable game at Gloucester.
Bottom of the table beforehand, the Falcons built up a 24-0 lead within the first 35 minutes but a listless Gloucester rose from their slumbers to dominate a second half which saw four Newcastle players sin-binned.
Tom Seabrook and Cam Jordan scored Gloucester’s tries, both converted by George Barton, in addition to a penalty try award.
Newcastle took an early lead thanks to a brilliant individual try from Radwan. The twice-capped England wing received the ball on halfway, close to the left touchline, before running around two defenders and then out-pacing the cover defence to score in the right-hand corner.
Shortly afterwards, Falcons shocked the hosts by scoring again. Captain Michael Young broke away from a line-out on halfway and when the ball was recycled, Chick was on hand to crash over with a second conversion from Connon giving Newcastle a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Gloucester continued to be largely lifeless with their game littered by uncustomary handling errors and they even bungled their forte, a driving line-out 10 metres from the opposition line – so it came as no surprise when Newcastle extended their lead with a straightforward penalty from Connon.
The home side’s miserable half continued when McGuigan finished off a driving line-out but with two minutes of the half remaining, Gloucester responded with a try from Seabrook after the wing had bumped off a weak tackle from Nathan Earle.
However the first 15 minutes of the second half remained scoreless until McGuigan and Sean Robinson were yellow-carded in quick succession for collapsing driving mauls and Gloucester had no trouble in capitalising when replacement Jordan finished off a succession of forward drives.
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Despite being down to 13, Falcons remarkably won a penalty for Connon to kick before McGuigan became the first to return from the sin-bin.
Robinson also returned but Newcastle continued to offend, with both Chick and Tom Penny yellow-carded in quick succession and the hosts awarded a penalty try for collapsing for Penny’s infraction.
Gloucester had eight minutes against 13 men to score the winning try but somehow Newcastle frustrated them to secure a notable victory.
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