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Last Updated: Saturday, 14 April 2007, 09:04 GMT 10:04 UK
Newcastle 19-12 Gloucester
Jonny Wilkinson takes on the Gloucester defence on Friday night
Wilkinson has struggled for fitness since England's World Cup victory

Newcastle: (13) 19
Tries: Flood
Cons: Wilkinson
Pens: Wilkinson 2, Flood 2

Gloucester: (9) 12
Pens: Lamb 3, Walker

Gloucester claimed a losing bonus point to return to the top of the Guinness Premiership on Friday night.

But most of the focus was on England duo Jonny Wilkinson and Mike Tindall, who were both forced off in the second half after suffering injuries.

Toby Flood scored the only try of the night and kicked two penalties, while Wilkinson landed two penalties and a conversion before he went off.

Gloucester managed three Ryan Lamb penalties and one from Willie Walker.

Wilkinson, Newcastle's injury-prone fly-half, came off in the 55th minute after suffering a rib injury.

Tindall was carried off after a collision with fellow England man Flood and will have an X-ray to determine if he has broken his leg.


  • Gloucester boss Dean Ryan:

    "I thought it was a poor game and it was decided by a charge down and 70-metre try, and that's going to happen.

    "We created the problems for ourselves. We don't need to get carried away, but the need for results has led to us doing that and we have lost our smoothness and cohesion."


    Newcastle: Burke; Rudd, M Tait, Noon, Flood; Wilkinson, Dickson; McDonnell, Thompson, Ward, Perry, Buist, Parling, Woods, Dowson.
    Replacements: D Wilson, Long, Oakes, B. Wilson, Crichton, Grindal, May.

    Gloucester: Balshaw; Bailey, Tindall, Allen, Foster; Lamb, Lawson; Wood, Azam, Nieto, James, Bortolami, Buxton, Boer, Forrester.
    Replacements: M. Davies, Forster, Brown, Narraway, Richards, Walker, Keil.

    Referee: Tony Spreadbury (Bristol).

  • SEE ALSO
    Newcastle 16-7 Northampton
    08 Apr 07 |  English
    Bath 21-21 Gloucester
    07 Apr 07 |  English


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