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Falcons triumph over Bath Rugby at Kingston Park

Newcastle Falcons 22 v Bath Rugby 7

Newcastle Falcons claimed a 22-7 victory over Bath Rugby in the Premiership Rugby Cup in testing conditions at Kingston Park.

The swirling wind and torrential rain caused havoc throughout the 80 minutes, but it was Falcons who came out on top under the Friday night lights.

The hosts showed their attacking intent inside the opening 15 minutes, and only try-saving tackles by Levi Douglas and Ruaridh McConnochie prevented them from opening their account with two quick fire tries.

Despite withstanding the early pressure, the first points went the way of Falcons on the 20-minute mark. Falcons took advantage of the numbers on the short side in the midfield, with Alex Tait drawing his man and releasing Michael Young to give the scrum-half a simple finish under the posts. Joel Hodgson added the extras to give his side a seven-point advantage. [7-0]

Bath continued to show a good account of themselves against a vastly experienced Falcons side, with McConnochie and Tom Homer both making good breaks into the Falcons half. However, they were unable to force their way through a dogged home defence.

With just over 10 minutes of the half remaining, Hodgson added another three points from the tee after Bath were penalised for offside just outside their 22. [10-0]

Falcons continued to show their threat in attack and looked to mount another attack with the clock in the red. However, good rush defence from Michael van Vuuren forced the Falcons error to ensure the gap remained 10 points going into the interval.

Half-time – Newcastle Falcons 10-0 Bath Rugby

The hosts extended their lead four minutes into the second half through Simon Hammersley. Pedro Bettencourt made the initial break but was tackled short by Tom Homer, who momentarily halted their quest for the line. The phases continued to mount, before a clever switch sent Hammersley over the whitewash for their second of the evening. [17-0]

With 15 minutes to play, the home side put the score beyond doubt. After Bath were penalised for holding on, Toby Flood sent the ball deep inside the 22 to create another scoring opportunity. It was Sinoti Sinoti who took full advantage, as the winger fended off two Bath tacklers to score in the corner. [22-0]

Bath didn’t leave Kingston Park empty handed, with Josh Bayliss grabbing a consolation try four minutes from time. The back rower capitalised on a loose ball in the midfield and had the pace, vision and awareness to run in from halfway. Alex Davies added the straight forward conversion from in front of the posts. [22-7]

The Blue, Black and White continued to put pressure on the Falcons defence, and Levi Davis nearly added a second score, but was just stopped in his tracks just short of the line.

Full-time – Newcastle Falcons 22-7 Bath Rugby  

Image courtesy of Chris Lishman. 

Match details

Kingston Park
Premiership Rugby Cup
9 November 2018
KO 19:45

Attendance: 5425
Referee: Anthony Woodthorpe
Half Time score: 10-0

Falcons:
Tries: Young (18), Hammersley (43), Sinoti (65)
Conversions: Hodgson (20, 44)
Penalties: Hodgson (26)
Bath:
Tries: Bayliss (75)
Conversions: Davies (76)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Falcons and Bath.

19'

Try for Falcons! Falcons 5 - 0 Bath

Micky Young scores for Falcons.

21'

Conversion! Falcons 7 - 0 Bath

Joel Hodgson with a conversion for Falcons.

27'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 10 - 0 Bath

Joel Hodgson kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

30'

Substitution

Tom Doughty replaces Miles Reid for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Falcons 10 - 0 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Trevor Davison replaces Sam Lockwood for Falcons.

41'

Substitution

Kyle Cooper replaces George McGuigan for Falcons.

41'

Substitution

David Wilson replaces Jon Welsh for Falcons.

41'

Substitution

Sam Nixon replaces Will Vaughan for Bath.

41'

Substitution

Victor Delmas replaces Max Lahiff for Bath.

44'

Try for Falcons! Falcons 15 - 0 Bath

Simon Hammersley scores for Falcons.

45'

Conversion! Falcons 17 - 0 Bath

Joel Hodgson with a conversion for Falcons.

45'

Substitution

Josh Bayliss replaces Levi Douglas for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Ben Stevenson replaces Pedro Bettencourt for Falcons.

57'

Substitution

Joe Cokanasiga replaces Tom Homer for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Max Green for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Michael Van Vuuren for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Toby Flood replaces Joel Hodgson for Falcons.

60'

Substitution

Glen Young replaces Andrew Davidson for Falcons.

63'

Substitution

John Hardie replaces Ryan Burrows for Falcons.

66'

Try for Falcons! Falcons 22 - 0 Bath

Sinoti Sinoti scores for Falcons.

67'

Substitution

Sam Stuart replaces Micky Young for Falcons.

76'

Try for Bath! Falcons 22 - 5 Bath

Josh Bayliss scores for Bath.

77'

Conversion! Falcons 22 - 7 Bath

Alex Davies with a conversion for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Falcons.

Final score: Falcons 22 - 7 Bath.

Falcons Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Joel Hodgson02107
Micky Young10005
Sinoti Sinoti10005
Simon Hammersley10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Josh Bayliss10005
Alex Davies01002
Falcons v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PSam
Lockwood
1Will
Vaughan
P    
    HGeorge
McGuigan
2Michael
Van Vuuren
H    
    PJon
Welsh
3Max
Lahiff
P    
    LCalum
Green
4Will
Britton
L    
    LAndrew
Davidson
5Levi
Douglas
L    
    FLRyan
Burrows
6Jack
Davies
FL    
    FLGary
Graham
7Josh
Bainbridge
FL    
    8Callum
Chick
8Miles
Reid
8    
   1SHMicky
Young
9Max
Green
SH    
1 2 FHJoel
Hodgson
10Alex
Davies
FH 1  
   1WSinoti
Sinoti
11Ruaridh
McConnochie
W    
    CJohnny
Williams
12Max
Clark
C    
    CPedro
Bettencourt
13Jack
Wilson
C    
    WAlex
Tait
14Levi
Davis
W    
   1FBSimon
Hammersley
15Tom
Homer
FB    
Replacements
    RHKyle
Cooper
16Ross
Batty
RH    
    RPTrevor
Davison
17Sam
Nixon
RP    
    RPDavid
Wilson
18Victor
Delmas
RP    
    RLGlen
Young
19Tom
Doughty
R8    
    RFLJohn
Hardie
20Josh
Bayliss
RL1   
    RSHSam
Stuart
21Chris
Cook
RSH    
    RFHToby
Flood
22Max
Wright
R    
    RCBen
Stevenson
23Joe
Cokanasiga
RFB