Match reaction: Gloucester Rugby 20-3 Newcastle Falcons

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Saturday 16 November 2013 – 4.30pm

Kingsholm, Gloucester

LV= Cup Pools 1 and 4 #2

So the ‘Action Replay’ of the 2011 final went the same way as that game – a simple win for Gloucester.

It was like the old days last night: get the train to the game, meet some mates, have a few beers, watch the game, back to the pub, then leg it to the train.

“Leg it to the train”? Well, it was Gloucester. I got lost after nipping into the petrol station this time, rather than staying in the Kingsholm pub too long.

OK, maybe I did stay in the Kingsholm too long, as I didn’t have time to wait in the queue for me fish and chips, so I’ll definitely have to get to the league game in Gloucester in March.

Not too many away fans there yesterday. There were three of us originally, then a couple more turned up, and then there was the Wasps fan ans his teenage son in Teague’s. “Come on Falcons! My Mum’s a Falcons fan.” “Is she here?” “No.”

There was a bit of a subdued atmosphere in Kingsholm, maybe because it was a cup game, maybe because England had just lost, maybe because Gloucester won easily. There was predictable criticism of the referee whenever the home team didn’t get a decision, although I was miffed by some he gave to Gloucester.

The one slightly unsavoury moment for me was when James Simpson-Daniel was injured, and the medics carrying on a stretcher were shouted at by one or two fans to hurry up in a not very nice way. Not great. JSD did not look in a good way, lying on his side with his back bent, but fortunately it doesn’t seem to be a neck injury as it first looked from my view.

Anyway, other than that it was a pretty low-key affair that few people there will remember for a long time.

I’m not sure I’d say any of our players played particularly well, certainly the backs had little ball to work with so none stood out. Noah Cato and Ryan Shortland on the wings tackled well and Alex Tait shored up most things sent his way, in the forwards Carlo del Fava got through a lot of work. Kieran Brookes looked quite lively when he came on and I would expect he will start at Northampton next week.

Wasps defeat in Newport yesterday is good news for us, but we have dropped behind Scarlets in the pool 4 table on points difference. The Welshmen go to Saracens today, while top-of-the-table Northampton are at London Irish.  With another trip to Allianz Park coming up in the new year, it’s perhaps not likely that we’ll get to the semi-finals.

Still, it’s not that important. If yesterday helped at all with fitness or players getting to gel a bit better (probably more in defence than attack), and that helps to beat Northampton, then all will be well.

Some photos from the match on the Gloucester offy here.

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