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Guinness Premiership - Gloucester v Newcastle Falcons (Tuesday 30th September)

30 September 2008

Gloucester v Newcastle

 

Current Form

 

-         After 4 rounds Gloucester and Newcastle both have 2 wins and 2 losses to their names, Gloucester haven't claimed a losing bonus point in either of their losses, whilst Newcastle have 1.

-         Last week Gloucester were outplayed at Edgeley Park and lost 23-9. It was 6-6 at half time, but second half tries from Chabal and Doherty won it for Sale.

-         Newcastle meanwhile beat a Bristol side 17-3 who are still looking for their first win of the season.

 

History

 

-         Gloucester have played Newcastle 22 times altogether, and have won on 14 occasions, with there being a draw on one occasion.

-         Gloucester have only ever lost once at Kingsholm to Newcastle, in the first time these two teams met in 1998.

-         Gloucester did the double over Newcastle last season, winning by 8 at home and 7 away.

-         Gloucester left it late to win in the fixture last year. On the 60 minute mark Newcastle were winning 20-9, but tries from Simpson-Daniel, Bailey and Qera in the last quarter won the game for Gloucester, and the Falcons didn't even claim a losing bonus point.

 

Trends and Trivia

 

-         Newcastle have managed a try more than Gloucester so far this season with 6. 2 of those tries have come in the last 10 minutes and all but one have been in the second half.

-         At home this season the Falcons have scored 58 points, and just 14 points on the road.

-         Gloucester have scored 5 tries so far, 3 of which have come in the second half, but they didn't manage one last week against Sale.

-         Gloucester have scored the joint most tries from full back this season, but none from their wingers. Newcastle meanwhile have scored the joint most tries from the wings.

-         Strangely Gloucester have conceded the joint most tries from fullback, whilst Newcastle have conceded the joint most from the wings.

-         Surprisingly Gloucester have also conceded 3 more tries than Newcastle. Gloucester have conceded 5 tries at home and 5 tries away from home, including 3 in the last 10 minutes.

-         Olly Barkley started his second match at inside centre for Gloucester last week and so far has been successful with 80% of his kicks.

-         Meanwhile Jonny Wilkinson has scored with all 12 of his attempts. Newcastle also have another player yet to miss a kick - Rory Clegg. Clegg is the youngest player to feature in the premiership this year and is the third youngest points scorer ever for Newcastle.

-         Gloucester have rotated their squad much more than Newcastle so far this season. Gloucester have just 2 players that have started every game - England duo Luke Narraway and Lesley Vainokolo. Whilst 7 of Newcastle's squad have started each game. This is probably explained by the fact that Gloucester have a bigger squad and are trying to compete in all competitions.

 

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