Newcastle Falcons swept aside the challenge of Bath Rugby with a 29-12 victory at Kingston Park.
The home side got the first points on the scoreboard with Sinoti Sinoti continuing his recent rich vein of form with a try. Josh Matavesi was the architect of the move, as he stormed down the left channel before offloading to Sinoti, who finished in the corner. 7-0
Falcons moved into a 14-point lead after 15 minutes as Flood crossed for their second try of the half. The fly-half broke through the Bath defence running in from the edge of the 22 to put his side in control. The former England international added the conversion to take his tally to nine points. 14-0
Five minutes before the interval, Bath were reduced to 14 men with Aled Brew shown a yellow card for a foul in Falcons’ captain Michael Young. The home side quickly made the man advantage count and extended their lead. Flood gave his side the attacking line-out after Bath had conceded a penalty in the 22. From the resulting throw, Falcons drove their way over the line and Kyle Cooper touched down to score.
Half-time – Newcastle Falcons 21-0 Bath Rugby
Bath hit back six minutes into the second-half with their first try of the evening at Kingston Park. Following sustained pressure on the Falcons’ line, Bath switched the ball out wide and it found Cooper Vuna, who marked his debut with an impressive finish in the corner. 21-7
It wasn’t long before Falcons secured their bonus-point try, with Verenki Goneva showing his power to cross the whitewash. It was a rampaging run from the Fijian, who beat two Bath defenders on the right wing before crossing over the try line. 26-7
Despite large spells of pressure in the second-half, Bath were unable to make their territory count as they came up against a resilient Falcons defence.
Flood kept the scoreboard ticking over with a penalty five minutes from time to further increase Falcons’ lead. With the clock in the red, Bath went for one final attack, which resulted in a consolation try for the Blue, Black and White. A catch and drive from the line-out saw Anthony Perenise mark his return from injury with a try.
Final score – Newcastle Falcons 29-12 Bath Rugby