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Newcastle’s poor run continued as Gloucester ran out comfortable winners to go third in the Premiership. The visitors built up a 19 – 0 lead with tries from Andy Symons, Jeremy Thrush and Henry Purdy before Mark Wilson went over from a maul for the hosts.

Former England centre Billy Twelvetrees increased Gloucester’s lead with a penalty before being sin-binned. Gareth Denman added a fourth try to secure a bonus point and consign the Falcons to a fourth successive defeat.

He set up Symons for the first try with an incisive break before chasing his own kick and showing good footballing skills to nudge it into the in-goal area and touch down.

That was the visitors’ third try and after only 35 minutes they were already in total control.

Johan Ackermann’s men also defended well throughout, particularly when they were down to 14 men after Twelvetrees was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on in the 50th minute.

Denman was driven over in the corner to secure a fourth successive victory and leave Newcastle still looking for their first win since September.

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards: “It’s very disappointing and frustrating, as it was last week. We made a lot of mistakes and showed an inability to score despite the amount of possession we had.

“We should have scored more tries than we did. We looked pretty pedestrian in defence as well to be honest, making mistake after mistake and it probably cost us the game”.

Newcastle: Hammersley; Tait, Agulla, Socino, Sinoti; Hodgson, Stuart; Vickers, Lawson, Welsh, Witty, Robinson, M Wilson, Welch (capt), Latu.

Replacements: Cooper, Mavinga, S Wilson, Green, Graham, Dawson, Flood, Harris.

Gloucester: Hudson; Purdy, Symons, Twelvetrees, Thorley; Burns, Heinz (capt); Hohneck, Hanson, Afoa, Savage, Thrush, Polledri, Ludlow, Ackermann.

Replacements: Hibbard, McAllister, Denman, Slater, Clarke, Vellacott, Evans, Atkinson.