Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crying Game and It's Crying Shame; MATCH ANALYSIS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crying Game and It's Crying Shame; MATCH ANALYSIS

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Byline: Nick Purewal's

SOB your hearts out boys: let it all out.

Weep like babies, and let all the pain, all the frustration and the anger drain away.

For after Saturday's Kingsholm injustice, what else is there to do?

No words of fury from John Fletcher, no fingers pointed in blame - and that's because for large swathes of this contest Newcastle played with finesse, guile and grit.

Three second-half minutes allowed the Falcons to throw themselves right into the match, but it proved not quite enough as Gloucester surged back to halt their losing streak.

Slumped in the visitors' changing room, the Newcastle boys wept and wept, such was their desperation.

Nonplussed in defeat, the tears streaked down their faces, and as the waterworks flowed, director of rugby Fletcher told them to be proud of their effort.

Proud indeed, but that pride cannot hide the fall that followed the fantastic double-whammy that had put them in the box seat.

It is not often you see warriors blubbing like babies, but surrendering a 20-9 second-half lead obviously does the trick.

The last time Newcastle were in Gloucester, Tom May squandered a match-winning try chance, knocking on with the line begging to be crossed.

That was in October, and that was the EDF Cup, and while this was February and the Guinness Premiership, however much the Falcons tried to fast forward past that costly error, it came straight back to haunt them.

What a game May had in general, but once again what a stinker of an error he threw in to hand Gloucester the points.

Allied to skewing a penalty from under the posts, May was charged down trying to force a last-gasp dropgoal.

Akapusi Qera raced away to score, denying the Falcons the losing bonus-point - but for May, it was one ignominious moment too far.

This was one of those matches in which to lose is to loathe, and Newcastle will be ready to vent their latent hatred all over Wasps at Kingston Park on Friday night. …

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