GLOUCESTER survived a scare to beat Newcastle Falcons on Saturday and director of rugby Nigel Davies knows they cannot suffer a similar lapse of concentration in future, writes Paddy von Behr.
The Cherry & Whites found themselves 37-7 ahead thanks to tries for Sione Kalamafoni, Rob Cook, James Hudson, Mike Tindall and replacement Jonny May, who scored with his first touch of the ball after returning from England duty.
However, the Falcons came roaring back and scored five tries themselves through Chris York, George McGuigan, Andy Saull, Alex Tait and Noah Cato.
And although Gloucester did squeeze out a 40-33 victory at Kingsholm, Davies knows they might not be so lucky next time.
"For 65 minutes, we played some great rugby and then, for 15 minutes, we fell off the side of a cliff," he said.
"It is probably a microcosm of our season where we have played some great rugby but then we have played some average stuff.
"The game is on for 80 minutes and, in that, you have to maintain a level of your discipline and standards and we didn't do that in the last 15 minutes.
"We knew at the end that Newcastle had nothing to lose and we just didn't deal with them. The last 15 minutes taints the performance. It is very frustrating for everyone and it is a very quiet dressing room down there."
As for Newcastle, they have now lost 11 Aviva Premiership games on the bounce.
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