Gloucester Rugby beat Newcastle Falcons 29-20 thanks to tries from Val Rapava-Ruskin and Jonny May as well as Lloyd Evans’ accuracy from the kicking tee.
Evans slotted the two conversions and five penalties to steer the Cherry and Whites to victory.
Gloucester Rugby dominated the first half thanks to the accurate boot of Lloyd Evans who slotted two early penalties.
At the end of the half, the Cherry and Whites unleashed their weapon, the driving maul. Evans put the ball 5m out and it was Val Rapava-Ruskin who crashed over off the back of the driving pack to get the score.
Evans kept his accuracy from the tee and slotted the conversion to give the Cherry and Whites the 13-0 lead at the break.
It was a physical and relentless half with referee Wayne Barnes left trying to catch his breath on a few occasions!
In the second half, Evans kept the scoreboard ticking with an early penalty but Newcastle found a way into the game and got over the try line. The TMO had to check it but there was nothing wrong with Ben Stevenson’s break through the middle and he dotted down to score.
Slotting the conversion, and two penalties, Joel Hodgson put Newcastle back in the game before Evans steadied the ship with another two Gloucester Rugby penalties.
Cementing the win, Stephen Varney made a break, drew the defender and passed to Jonny May who went over for Gloucester Rugby.
At the death, Newcastle’s Cameron Nordli-Kelemeti got over for a try with Hodgson adding the conversion but it had no impact on the outcome.
Key Moment – Jonny May
The speedy winger looked threatening all game. Stephen Varney had come on at scrum half and he sent the Newcastle defence to the right before darting left, drawing the last man and then passing to Jonny May to zip over.
Gloucester Rugby are back in action next Friday when they host Exeter Chiefs in Round 7 of the Gallagher Premiership.
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