|Newcastle (12) 22|
|Tries: Radwan, Orlando, McGuigan Cons: Flood, Connon Pens: Connon|
|Gloucester (7) 10|
|Tries: May Cons: Evans Pens: Evans|
Newcastle Falcons returned to winning ways as they held on to beat Premiership bottom club Gloucester.
The hosts made a great start with tries from winger Adam Radwan – almost the length of the field – and Argentine Mathias Orlando, to open a 12-0 lead.
England winger Jonny May got one back, converted by Lloyd Evans, who added pressure with a second-half penalty.
But Brett Connon’s penalty and George McGuigan’s injury-time try made victory safe and moved Falcons temporarily top.
McGuigan’s try denied Gloucester even a losing bonus point, even before Connon added the conversion.
Gloucester stay bottom, three points adrift of London Irish and Worcester, while Newcastle will remain in the top three whatever the result of Saturday’s later match between champions Exeter and Bristol.
More to follow.
Newcastle: Penny; Radwan, Orlando, Flood, Stevenson; Connon, Stuart; Davison, Blamire, Mulipola, Peterson, Fuser, Robinson, Wilson (capt), Graham.
Replacements: McGuigan, Brocklebank, Tampin, Barry, Van der Walt, Schreuder, Hodgson, Wacokecoke.
Gloucester: Moyle, Rees-Zammit, Harris, Atkinson, May; Evans, Simpson; Rapava-Ruskin, Hanson, Balmain, Garvey, Alemanno, Craig, Ludlow (capt), Ackermann.
Replacements: Walker, Saville, Ford-Robinson, Gibson, Nagle-Taylor, Chapman, Twelvetrees, Carreras.
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys.
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