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Bath Rugby hold out Newcastle Falcons

Bath Rugby 23 v Newcastle Falcons 14

A determined performance in the Aviva Premiership from Bath Rugby this afternoon saw them secure a 23-14 victory over Newcastle Falcons.

It was the visitors who enjoyed the majority of the possession early on, but fly-half Juan Pablo Socino spurned too penalty opportunities in quick succession – the first rebounding off the upright and the second drifting wide.

Instead, a drop-goal from Gavin Henson were the first points of the game, the fly-half setting himself in the pocket following a series of strong scrums and lineouts from the home side.

Newcastle continued to have the better of the pressure however, and a strong drive from the lineout led them to think they'd scored the game's first try. Referee Ian Tempest consulted with the TMO, who ruled that they were held up over the line following some good defence from Bath. The resulting scrum saw the Bath pack power forward, but the ball went loose and into touch, giving Newcastle the lineout. This time there was no deliberation as Mark Wilson touched down over the line from the back of the maul. Socino added the extras and the Falcons led after 35 minutes. 3-7.

The scrum was a powerful weapon for the home side and it created the next scoring opportunity with just a minute until half-time. The pack earned the penalty and Henson sent the ball sailing into touch for a five metre lineout. The ball was secured, the pack drove hard and Stuart Hooper was at the base to dive over the line at the vital moment. Henson added the conversion.

Half-time: Bath Rugby 10 – Newcastle Falcons 7

The late try in the first-half seemed to give Bath the impetus in the second, with the home side coming out firing. A big, physical side, Newcastle weren't easy to breakdown, but after 54 minutes Bath managed just that through the neat footwork of Jonathan Joseph. A superb run along the right touchline from Olly Woodburn set the home side in a good position. The ball was shifted inside and found Joseph in the centre. He shrugged off the three Newcastle defenders around him, snuck through the gap and burst away to cross the line. Henson converted the try, giving Bath a 10 point lead.

A penalty miss each from Henson and replacement Rory Clegg preceded a penalty from the Bath man following the referee showing a yellow card to Socino. 20-7.

Despite being a man down Newcastle kept fighting, and once more had a try turned down by the TMO before being awarded one moments later. Sinoti Sinoti pounced from short range and Clegg added the extras to make for a tense final five minutes for the Recreation Ground crowd.

The scrum proved the decisive factor as the game drew to a close, as it had been throughout the game. A huge shove from the Bath pack was rewarded with the penalty that Henson duly sent straight through the posts, denying the visitors a losing bonus point as the game reached its climax.

Final score: Bath Rugby 23 – Newcastle Falcons 14.

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
15 November 2014
KO 17:00

Attendance: 12,877
Referee: Ian Tempest
Half Time score: 10-7

Bath:
Tries: Hooper (38), Joseph (52)
Conversions: Henson (39, 53)
Penalties: Henson (65, 78)
Drop goals: Henson (26)
Falcons:
Tries: Wilson (33), Sinoti (72)
Conversions: Socino (34), Clegg (73)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Falcons.

27'

Drop Goal! Bath 3 - 0 Falcons

Gavin Henson scores for Bath.

34'

Try for Falcons! Bath 3 - 5 Falcons

Mark Wilson scores for Falcons.

35'

Conversion! Bath 3 - 7 Falcons

Juan Pablo Socino with a conversion for Falcons.

37'

Substitution

Oliver Tomaszczyk replaces Scott Wilson for Falcons.

39'

Try for Bath! Bath 8 - 7 Falcons

Stuart Hooper scores for Bath.

40'

Conversion! Bath 10 - 7 Falcons

Gavin Henson with a conversion for Bath.

40'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 10 - 7 Falcons.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

48'

Substitution

Ally Hogg replaces Sean Robinson for Falcons.

53'

Try for Bath! Bath 15 - 7 Falcons

Jonathan Joseph scores for Bath.

54'

Conversion! Bath 17 - 7 Falcons

Gavin Henson with a conversion for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Rory Clegg replaces Adam Powell for Falcons.

60'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces Charlie Ewels for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Alex Rogers replaces Rob Vickers for Falcons.

65'

Yellow Card!

Falcons lose Juan Pablo Socino for ten minutes.

66'

Penalty Goal! Bath 20 - 7 Falcons

Gavin Henson kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

66'

Substitution

Kane Palma-Newport replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

66'

Substitution

Mike Blair replaces Ruki Tipuna for Falcons.

70'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Micky Young for Bath.

73'

Try for Falcons! Bath 20 - 12 Falcons

Sinoti Sinoti scores for Falcons.

74'

Conversion! Bath 20 - 14 Falcons

Rory Clegg with a conversion for Falcons.

77'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

77'

Substitution

Max Northcote-Green replaces David Sisi for Bath.

79'

Penalty Goal! Bath 23 - 14 Falcons

Gavin Henson kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

79'

Substitution

Tom Ellis replaces Dominic Day for Bath.

80'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 23 - 14 Falcons.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Gavin Henson022113
Stuart Hooper10005
Jonathan Joseph10005
Falcons Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Mark Wilson10005
Sinoti Sinoti10005
Juan Pablo Socino01002
Rory Clegg01002
Bath v Falcons
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNathan
Catt
1Rob
Vickers
P    
    HRoss
Batty
2George
McGuigan
H    
    PHenry
Thomas
3Scott
Wilson
P    
   1LStuart
Hooper
4Calum
Green
L    
    LDominic
Day
5Dom
Barrow
L    
    FLCharlie
Ewels
6Sean
Robinson
FL    
    FLDavid
Sisi
7Andy
Saull
FL    
    8Leroy
Houston
8Mark
Wilson
81   
    SHMicky
Young
9Ruki
Tipuna
SH    
212 FHGavin
Henson
10Juan Pablo
Socino
FH 1  
    WMatt
Banahan
11Alesana
Tuilagi
W    
    COllie
Devoto
12Adam
Powell
C    
   1CJonathan
Joseph
13Gonzalo
Tiesi
C    
    WOlly
Woodburn
14Sinoti
Sinoti
W1   
    FBLuke
Arscott
15Simon
Hammersley
FB    
Replacements
    RHTom
Dunn
16Scott
Lawson
R    
    RPNick
Auterac
17Alex
Rogers
RP    
    RPKane
Palma-Newport
18Oliver
Tomaszczyk
RP    
    RFLMatt
Garvey
19Scott
MacLeod
R    
    RLTom
Ellis
20Ally
Hogg
RFL    
    RFLMax
Northcote-Green
21Mike
Blair
RSH    
    RSHChris
Cook
22Rory
Clegg
RC 1  
    RRichard
Lane
23Alex
Tait
R