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Newcastle Falcons 19 v Bath Rugby 29

A tense and breathtaking affair at Kingston Park saw Bath Rugby claim a 19-29 win against Newcastle Falcons, the visitors scoring four tries in the process. 

A scrum to Falcons on Bath's 10m in the fourth minute turned to a penalty to the home side, which fly-half Rory Clegg struck well. 3-0. 

Bath gained some revenge for that misdemeanour before 10 minutes were gone, setting a scrum in front of the Falcons posts that enabled a delayed pass from George Ford to put Ollie Devoto under them. The Bath fly-half added the extras to make it 3-7. 

Nearing the end of the first quarter, with Bath playing deep in the Falcons half, Jonathan Joseph was able to outfox the drift defence with a bullet pass to Semesa Rokoduguni; the winger showing almost equal speed to touch down in the corner for the second try. Ford's conversion attempt dragged wide of the left post. 3-12. 

Clegg halved the home side's deficit soon after with a penalty outside Bath's 22 after a late Bath tackle. 6-12. Bath were then - perhaps unfairly - denied a follow-up try from Rokoduguni when what appeared on replays to be a sublime offload from Sam Burgess earlier in the build-up was judged to have been a knock-on. 

Phenomenal pace and evasion from Falcons wing Sinoti Sinoti, along with Clegg's conversion of the Samoan winger's try, allowed Falcons to regain the lead before the half hour. 

A scrum penalty to Bath (despite being under the cosh for most of the first half) with a minute to play in the first half set Bath up for a lineout a metre or so outside the home 22. Houston caught the throw at the back of the lineout, Stringer delivered the ball with aplomb to Ford, the fly-half finding Devoto, who made a perfectly-timed pass to Anthony Watson, whose divine line saw him through untouched for Bath's third try. 

Ford's conversion was the last act of the first half as Bath took a deserved 13-19 lead into the changing rooms. 

Half time: Newcastle Falcons 13-19 Bath Rugby

Minutes into the second half, and after further slick work by Watson from deep and heavy duty carrying from Burgess, Matt Banahan scored his 40th Premiership try - and Bath's bonus point try - with a dashing effort from the big wing. The conversion from Ford made it 13-26. 

Clegg added three points to the eight he had already scored with a penalty kick in front of the posts, meaning there were now 13 points separating the two sides. 16-29. 

Bath were made to defend desperately approaching the final 15 minutes, and managed to do so with gusto as twice Falcons were unable to send their close-quarter maul over the try line. The visitors did, however, see replacement blindside Fearns sent to the sin bin for a maul indiscrection. 

Even with a man down, Bath's defence was such that when Falcons were awarded a penalty from in front of the visitors' post, Newcastle decided to go for the kick instead - replacement fly-half Tom Catterick doing the honours. 19-26. 

The visitors continued their attacking approach despite their depleted ranks, and were running the ball to great effect inside Falcons' 22, when Ford was gifted a penalty that extended Bath's lead to 10 points with seven minutes to go. 19-29. 

And so the score remained, despite a last-gasp attempt by the ever-threatening Sinoti to drag his team back into the match. Bath also had the opportunity to take a bigger chunk of the lead, but were unable to do so as the referee blew his whistle to end proceedings. 

Full time: Newcastle Falcons 19-29 Bath Rugby

 

 

 

 

 

Match details

Kingston Park
Aviva Premiership
10 April 2015
KO 19:45

Referee: JP Doyle
Half Time score: 13-19

Falcons:
Tries: Sinoti (31)
Conversions: Clegg (32)
Penalties: Clegg (5, 24, 47), Catterick (68)
Bath:
Tries: Devoto (9), Rokoduguni (16), Watson (39), Banahan (42)
Conversions: Ford (10, 40, 43)
Penalties: Ford (72)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Falcons and Bath.

6'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 3 - 0 Bath

Rory Clegg kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

10'

Try for Bath! Falcons 3 - 5 Bath

Ollie Devoto scores for Bath.

10'

Conversion! Falcons 3 - 7 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

17'

Try for Bath! Falcons 3 - 12 Bath

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

25'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 6 - 12 Bath

Rory Clegg kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

30'

Substitution

Eric Fry replaces Rob Vickers for Falcons.

32'

Try for Falcons! Falcons 11 - 12 Bath

Sinoti Sinoti scores for Falcons.

33'

Conversion! Falcons 13 - 12 Bath

Rory Clegg with a conversion for Falcons.

36'

Substitution

Rob Vickers replaces Eric Fry for Falcons.

40'

Try for Bath! Falcons 13 - 17 Bath

Anthony Watson scores for Bath.

41'

Conversion! Falcons 13 - 19 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Falcons 13 - 19 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Sean Robinson replaces Richard Mayhew for Falcons.

43'

Try for Bath! Falcons 13 - 24 Bath

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

44'

Conversion! Falcons 13 - 26 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

48'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 16 - 26 Bath

Rory Clegg kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

51'

Substitution

Eric Fry replaces Rob Vickers for Falcons.

52'

Substitution

Dave Attwood replaces Matt Garvey for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Kane Palma-Newport replaces Max Lahiff for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Gonzalo Tiesi replaces Adam Powell for Falcons.

55'

Substitution

George McGuigan replaces Scott Lawson for Falcons.

55'

Substitution

Josh Furno replaces Calum Green for Falcons.

56'

Substitution

Paul James replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Rob Webber replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Carl Fearns replaces Sam Burgess for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Tom Catterick replaces Rory Clegg for Falcons.

66'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Carl Fearns for ten minutes.

69'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 19 - 26 Bath

Tom Catterick kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

70'

Substitution

Micky Young replaces Peter Stringer for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Sonatane Takulua replaces Ruki Tipuna for Falcons.

73'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 19 - 29 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

73'

Substitution

Juan Pablo Orlandi replaces Kieran Brookes for Falcons.

76'

Substitution

Alafoti Fa'osiliva replaces Leroy Houston for Bath.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Falcons 19 - 29 Bath.

Falcons Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rory Clegg013011
Sinoti Sinoti10005
Tom Catterick00103
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford03109
Matt Banahan10005
Ollie Devoto10005
Semesa Rokoduguni10005
Anthony Watson10005
Falcons v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PRob
Vickers
1Nick
Auterac
P    
    HScott
Lawson
2Ross
Batty
H    
    PKieran
Brookes
3Max
Lahiff
P    
    LCalum
Green
4Matt
Garvey
L    
    LKane
Thompson
5Dominic
Day
L    
    FLRichard
Mayhew
6Sam
Burgess
FL    
    FLMark
Wilson
7Francois
Louw
FL    
    8Chris
York
8Leroy
Houston
8    
    SHRuki
Tipuna
9Peter
Stringer
SH    
3 1 FHRory
Clegg
10George
Ford
FH 3 1
   1WSinoti
Sinoti
11Matt
Banahan
W1   
    CJuan Pablo
Socino
12Ollie
Devoto
C1   
    CAdam
Powell
13Jonathan
Joseph
C    
    WChris
Harris
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W1   
    FBSimon
Hammersley
15Anthony
Watson
FB1   
Replacements
    RHGeorge
McGuigan
16Rob
Webber
RH    
    RPEric
Fry
17Paul
James
RP    
    RPJuan Pablo
Orlandi
18Kane
Palma-Newport
RP    
    RLJosh
Furno
19Dave
Attwood
RL    
    RFLSean
Robinson
20Carl
Fearns
RFL    
    RSHSonatane
Takulua
21Alafoti
Fa'osiliva
R8    
1   RFHTom
Catterick
22Micky
Young
RSH    
    RCGonzalo
Tiesi
23Tom
Homer
R