Tries from George McGuigan, towards his former facet, and Jake Morris did the harm for Gloucester in a one-sided first half, which additionally noticed Callum Chick sin-binned for the Falcons; Newcastle have misplaced each of their opening video games of the season
Final Up to date: 20/10/23 9:13pm
Gloucester made it two wins from two to begin the Gallagher Premiership season as they secured a nervy 18-14 victory over Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park.
Tries from George McGuigan, towards his former facet, and Jake Morris did the harm in a one-sided first half, which additionally noticed Callum Chick sin-binned for the Falcons.
George Barton added eight factors from the tee for the guests, earlier than Newcastle mounted a late comeback by a penalty attempt which additionally noticed McGuigan yellow carded.
Adam Radwan’s good solo effort was not sufficient to cease Gloucester finally closing out the win and handing the Falcons a second successive defeat.
The guests nudged in entrance early on, with Barton profiting from a ninth-minute penalty from 22 metres out. McGuigan then got here again to hang-out his former membership when he drove over after a line-out scenario on 17 minutes – Barton changing from a good angle to extend the result in 10 factors.
The house facet virtually hit again instantly when Ben Stevenson was let in by a slip, however sort out from Stephen Varney prevented a easy attempt within the nook.
On 21 minutes, the Cherry and Whites ran of their second attempt as a excessive kick induced panic behind the posts – Morris retaining his composure to take the catch and rating.
The conversion was missed by Barton, nonetheless, because the howling winds and unending rain induced issues for either side.
Falcons captain Chick was despatched to the sin-bin a minute earlier than half-time, and Gloucester almost made them pay with the ultimate play of the half. Arthur Clark noticed Alex Hearle on the appropriate wing with the liberty of Kingston Park, however the referee deemed his move had gone ahead.
Wing Radwan took issues into his personal fingers shortly after the interval when he carried the ball 40 metres – evading three challenges on the best way – earlier than Varney once more intervened.
Barton added one other three factors from the tee 10 minutes into the half, because the away facet continued to look the extra threatening.
Newcastle started to realize a foothold on the hour mark, and have been rewarded with a penalty attempt after McGuigan dragged a maul down which seemed to be heading over the tryline.
Radwan then produced a surprising run from left to proper earlier than slicing by the Gloucester defence to dot down and scale back the deficit to 4 and earn his facet a shedding bonus level.
But it surely was not sufficient to disclaim the Cherry and Whites the victory, and vengeance for the Falcons finishing the double over them final season.