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Bath Rugby denied by late Newcastle try

Newcastle Falcons 16 v Bath Rugby 15

A 72nd minute try from Zach Kibirige saw Newcastle Falcons secure a late 16-15 victory against Bath Rugby in the Anglo-Welsh Cup at Kingston Park.

It was a defensive battle in the first half with nothing to separate two sides in the opening 40 minutes. It was the home side who came closest in the opening few minutes, with Jeff Williams preventing Falcons second row Glen Young crossing in the corner with an excellent back-tracking tackle. 

With both teams trading blow for blow in attack and defence, it took until the 30th minute for the deadlock to be broken. After the Falcons conceded a penalty in their 22, fly-half Adam Hastings had the simple task of slotting the ball through the uprights from close range. 0-3

In the last action of the first half, Newcastle hit back with a penalty of their own with Hastings’ opposite number Craig Willis levelling the scores heading into the interval. 3-3

Half-time: Newcastle Falcons 3-3 Bath Rugby

The game was set alight 10 minutes into the second half when Jack Wilson opened Bath’s try-scoring account for the afternoon running in from the Newcastle 10m line. The winger used his pace to break the attention of three defenders to touch down in spectacular fashion. 6-8 

With 20 minutes left on the clock, Willis continued his 100% record from the boot with another penalty, but it wasn't long before Bath hit back and found their way over the whitewash for the second time in the half. This time it was some well-worked phases, which saw the ball recycled to Max Clark, who managed to find the on-rushing Will Homer and the replacement scrum-half made no mistake diving across the line. Hastings added the extras to give Bath a 9-15 lead.

The closing quarter proved to be eventful for a number of reasons, starting with a yellow card for Falcons hooker Ben Sowrey. Despite being a man down, Newcastle battled back to regain the lead with eight minutes to go.

Kibirige showed his electrifying turn of pace to go beyond the Bath defence and despite a last-gasp Will Homer tackle, the winger just had enough momentum to carry himself over the line. The reliable Willis gave the Falcons a one-point lead with seven minutes left to play. 16-15 

With five minutes to go Clark joined Sowrey in the sin-bin having been adjudged to have tackled a man in the air. Despite the best efforts of the Bath team, the home side held strong and closed out the game. 

Final score: Newcastle Falcons 16-15 Bath Rugby 

Match details

Kingston Park
Anglo-Welsh Cup
4 February 2017
KO 15:00

Attendance: 3,984
Referee: Dewi Phillips
Half Time score: 3-3

Falcons:
Tries: Kibirige (74)
Conversions: Willis (75)
Penalties: Willis (42, 44, 60)
Bath:
Tries: Wilson (49), Homer (64)
Conversions: Hastings (65)
Penalties: Hastings (30)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Falcons and Bath.

31'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 0 - 3 Bath

Adam Hastings kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

43'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 3 - 3 Bath

Craig Willis kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

43'

HALF TIME

Match score: Falcons 3 - 3 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Andrew Davidson replaces Mouritz Botha for Falcons.

41'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Tom Ellis for Bath.

45'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 6 - 3 Bath

Craig Willis kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

50'

Try for Bath! Falcons 6 - 8 Bath

Jack Wilson scores for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Darryl Marfo replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Nili Latu replaces Opeti Fonua for Falcons.

52'

Substitution

Tom Penny replaces Mike Delany for Falcons.

61'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 9 - 8 Bath

Craig Willis kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

61'

Substitution

Darren Atkins replaces Harry Davies for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Will Homer replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Andrew Foster replaces Paddy Ryan for Falcons.

64'

Substitution

Paul Grant replaces David Denton for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Tom Catterick replaces Tom Penny for Falcons.

65'

Try for Bath! Falcons 9 - 13 Bath

Will Homer scores for Bath.

66'

Conversion! Falcons 9 - 15 Bath

Adam Hastings with a conversion for Bath.

69'

Yellow Card!

Falcons lose Ben Sowrey for ten minutes.

72'

Substitution

David Nelson replaces Harrison Orr for Falcons.

75'

Try for Falcons! Falcons 14 - 15 Bath

Zach Kibirige scores for Falcons.

76'

Conversion! Falcons 16 - 15 Bath

Craig Willis with a conversion for Falcons.

76'

Substitution

Michael Van Vuuren replaces Levi Douglas for Bath.

76'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Max Clark for ten minutes.

80'

Substitution

Harrison Orr replaces Ben Sowrey for Falcons.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Falcons.

Final score: Falcons 16 - 15 Bath.

Falcons Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Craig Willis013011
Zach Kibirige10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Adam Hastings01105
Jack Wilson10005
Will Homer10005
Falcons v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PAdam
Brocklebank
1Beno
Obano
P    
    HBen
Sowrey
2Jack
Walker
H    
    PPaddy
Ryan
3Shaun
Knight
P    
    LMouritz
Botha
4Levi
Douglas
L    
    LGlen
Young
5Tom
Ellis
L    
    FLHarrison
Orr
6David
Sisi
FL    
    FLTyrone
Holmes
7Guy
Mercer
FL    
    8Opeti
Fonua
8David
Denton
8    
    SHSamson
Egerton
9Chris
Cook
SH    
    SHMicky
Young
9Chris
Cook
SH    
3 1 FHCraig
Willis
10Adam
Hastings
FH 1 1
    WSinoti
Sinoti
11Jack
Wilson
W1   
    CFred
Burdon
12Ben
Tapuai
C    
    CNic
Reynolds
13Max
Clark
C    
   1WZach
Kibirige
14Jeff
Williams
W    
    FBMike
Delany
15Harry
Davies
FB    
Replacements
    RFLDavid
Nelson
16Michael
Van Vuuren
RL    
    RRob
Vickers
17Darryl
Marfo
RP    
    RPAndrew
Foster
18Sam
Nixon
R    
    RLAndrew
Davidson
19Elliott
Stooke
RL    
    R8Nili
Latu
20Paul
Grant
R8    
    RTom
Catterick
21Will
Homer
RSH1   
    RDan
Marshall
22Darren
Atkins
RFB    
    RFBTom
Penny
23Tom
Homer
R