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Newcastle preview – All the stats ahead of Gloucester Rugby’s trip to Kingston Park

Gloucester Rugby take on Newcastle this afternoon at Kingston Park. Here are all of the key player, team and form statistics ahead of the Gallagher Premiership clash.

Form

  • Newcastle Falcons only “win” in the last five rounds of Gallagher Premiership Rugby was a declared victory over Sale on Boxing Day. The Falcons 8-44 home defeat to Northampton in Round 13 was their first loss at Kingston Park in any competition since September.
  • Gloucester Rugby’s only defeat in their last five Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures was 17-20 to Harlequins at Kingsholm on 2 January. Gloucester Rugby lost their opening away game in Premiership Rugby this season at Northampton in Round 1 but are unbeaten on their travels in the competition since, achieving four wins and a draw.
  • Gloucester Rugby have lost only one of their last five encounters with the Falcons in Premiership Rugby: 10-22 on their most recent visit to Kingston Park in January 2021.

Statistics

  • Newcastle Falcons have scored fewer than 10 points in each of their last two Premiership games but haven’t had a longer such run in the competition since November – December 2013 when they failed to reach double figures in four consecutive matches.
  • Newcastle Falcons have won 6.5 scrums per game, the second highest average of any team in the Premiership in 2021/22, only behind Harlequins (7.7); Harlequins (96%) are also the only team to have a better scrum success rate than Newcastle (94%) this season.
  • Newcastle Falcons have tallied more than 100 carries in three of their last four Premiership games, after doing so in just one of their previous seven matches this season.
  • Gloucester Rugby have made 157 tackles per game in the Premiership in 2021/22, the most of any team; they have made 41 more tackles per game than Newcastle Falcons in the league this season (116).
  • Gloucester Rugby have scored 96% of their penalty kicks in the Premiership this season (23/24), the best rate of any team; however, only London Irish have missed more conversions (15) than the Cherry and Whites in the league this term (12).
  • Gloucester Rugby have gained 348 metres with their maul in the Premiership this season, over 100m more than any other team, scoring 14 tries in the process, no other team has reached double figures for maul tries in 2021/22.

Player stats

  • Mike Brown (Newcastle) has averaged 12.1 carries per game in the Premiership this season, Tyrone Green (12.3) is the only back to make more in the league this campaign (min. 3 appearances); only two backs have beaten more defenders per game than the Falcons fullback (3.8, behind Duhan van der Merwe - 4.9 and Kyle Rowe - 3.9)
  • Gloucester Rugby’s Lewis Ludlow has made the most tackles of any player in the Premiership this season (170); Ludlow has also won a total of 11 turnovers, the second-most in the league in 2021/22, behind Harlequins’ Andre Esterhuizen (12).
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Kingsholm Stadium
Gloucester Rugby
Sat 4 Jun
KO 15:00
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