GLOUCESTER moved up to third in the Aviva Premiership after an impressive 29-7 bonus point win at Kingston Park.

Johan Ackermann's young side scored three first half tries, added the bonus point try midway through the second half and snuffed out any chance of a Falcons fightback with a superb defensive display.

Ackermann has transformed the West Country side but the Cherry and White's head coach is wary of suggestions his side are Premiership top four material.

"I don't like it when people say we are top four contenders." he said.

"Obviously, we take confidence from the win but you know it's not going to get any easier and if you say that sort of thing you are putting a cross on your back and teams will start coming after you.

"We still have to play some quality teams home and away and we don't want to carried away - there is still some hard work to be done.

"We have a fair number of players to come back and to have some of young players standing up and showing they can perform at this level is very encouraging.

"You always have to be pleased when you pick up a win and I am, but I'm also pleased with the performance especially in the first half when we found a few holes and scored a few tries and then in the second half when we hardly saw the ball and I have to commend the guys in their defensive effort."