Bath Rugby swept aside by Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park

Newcastle Falcons 29 v Bath Rugby 12

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

Match details

Kingston Park
Gallagher Premiership
16 February 2018
KO 19:45

Attendance: 7,062
Referee: Matthew Carley
Half Time score: 21-0

Falcons:
Tries: Sinoti (4), Flood (14), Cooper (35), Goneva (50)
Conversions: Flood (5, 15, 36)
Penalties: Flood (75)
Bath:
Tries: Vuna (45), Perenise (82)
Conversions: Burns (46)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Falcons and Bath.

5'

Try for Falcons! Falcons 5 - 0 Bath

Sinoti Sinoti scores for Falcons.

6'

Conversion! Falcons 7 - 0 Bath

Toby Flood with a conversion for Falcons.

15'

Try for Falcons! Falcons 12 - 0 Bath

Toby Flood scores for Falcons.

16'

Conversion! Falcons 14 - 0 Bath

Toby Flood with a conversion for Falcons.

35'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Aled Brew for ten minutes.

36'

Try for Falcons! Falcons 19 - 0 Bath

Kyle Cooper scores for Falcons.

37'

Conversion! Falcons 21 - 0 Bath

Toby Flood with a conversion for Falcons.

44'

HALF TIME

Match score: Falcons 21 - 0 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

46'

Try for Bath! Falcons 21 - 5 Bath

Cooper Vuna scores for Bath.

47'

Conversion! Falcons 21 - 7 Bath

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Nathan Charles replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Lucas Noguera Paz for Bath.

51'

Try for Falcons! Falcons 26 - 7 Bath

Vereniki Goneva scores for Falcons.

54'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Kahn Fotuali'i for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Josh Bayliss replaces Paul Grant for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Anthony Perenise replaces Max Lahiff for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Levi Douglas replaces James Phillips for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Sam Lockwood replaces Rob Vickers for Falcons.

65'

Substitution

Maxime Mermoz replaces Josh Matavesi for Falcons.

65'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Nathan Charles for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Joel Hodgson replaces Chris Harris for Falcons.

70'

Substitution

Jeff Williams replaces Cooper Vuna for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Callum Chick replaces Nili Latu for Falcons.

70'

Substitution

Sonatane Takulua replaces Micky Young for Falcons.

72'

Substitution

Josh Lewis replaces Matt Garvey for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Scott Lawson replaces Kyle Cooper for Falcons.

76'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 29 - 7 Bath

Toby Flood kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

83'

Try for Bath! Falcons 29 - 12 Bath

Anthony Perenise scores for Bath.

85'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Falcons.

Final score: Falcons 29 - 12 Bath.