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Newcastle Falcons clinch close encounter with Bath Rugby

Newcastle Falcons 19 v Bath Rugby 14

Newcastle Falcons emerged 19-14 victors over Bath Rugby in a close encounter at Kingston Park.

A wet and windy Kingston Park greeted Bath, with the visitors playing into the wind in the first-half.

After Craig Willis had missed an early chance to get the first points on the board for the home side, Bath’s early score was typical of the weather as a powerful lineout maul drove Guy Mercer over the line. 0-5.

Willis found his range with a penalty on 12 minutes, before Rob Vickers crashed over from short range to take the lead. Willis’s conversion made it a five point gap between the two sides after the opening quarter. 10-5.

A penalty from Rhys Priestland after Newcastle went off their feet at the ruck narrowed the gap to three, but the home side went in at the break five points ahead thanks to another penalty from Willis. The Falcons had thought they were over for another try, and although referee Matthew Carley ruled them to have been held-up, he took play back for the penalty and sent off Henry Thomas in the process.

Half-time: Newcastle Falcons 13 – Bath Rugby 8.

With the wind behind them in the second-half, Bath seemed to emerge from the changing rooms with renewed vigour. Two penalties from Priestland took the visitors ahead, with the Bath pack dominating proceedings for large parts of the second-half.

Newcastle were determined though, and after a series of phases in the Bath 22, they got their reward with a penalty after Bath were judged to have strayed offside. Willis, who’s kicking hadn’t been 100% earlier in the game, found his range and slotted the goal to give the home side back the lead. 16-14.

With 10 minutes left to play, Bath fought hard to try and break down the Newcastle defence, but they were unable to find the crucial gap or force the error. Instead, Carley awarded another penalty to the home side, and Willis stepped up to seal the win with the last kick of the game.

Final score: Newcastle Falcons 19 – Bath Rugby 14

Match details

Kingston Park
Aviva Premiership
2 January 2016
KO 15:00

Attendance: 7,075
Referee: Matthew Carley
Half Time score: 13-8

Falcons:
Tries: Vickers (20)
Conversions: Willis (21)
Penalties: Willis (12, 36, 69, 80)
Bath:
Tries: Mercer (5)
Penalties: Priestland (27, 45, 57)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Falcons and Bath.

6'

Try for Bath! Falcons 0 - 5 Bath

Guy Mercer scores for Bath.

13'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 3 - 5 Bath

Craig Willis kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

17'

Substitution

George Ford replaces Ollie Devoto for Bath.

21'

Try for Falcons! Falcons 8 - 5 Bath

Rob Vickers scores for Falcons.

22'

Conversion! Falcons 10 - 5 Bath

Craig Willis with a conversion for Falcons.

25'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces George Ford for Bath.

26'

Substitution

Alex Rogers replaces Jon Welsh for Falcons.

28'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 10 - 8 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

34'

Substitution

Tom Catterick replaces Simon Hammersley for Falcons.

36'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Henry Thomas for ten minutes.

37'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 13 - 8 Bath

Craig Willis kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

40'

Substitution

Jonathan Evans replaces Nikola Matawalu for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Falcons 13 - 8 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Belisario Agulla replaces Tom Catterick for Falcons.

46'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 13 - 11 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

57'

Substitution

David Wilson replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

58'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 13 - 14 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Dominic Day replaces David Denton for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

61'

Substitution

George Ford replaces Rhys Priestland for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Francois Louw replaces Guy Mercer for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Scott Lawson replaces George McGuigan for Falcons.

62'

Substitution

Mouritz Botha replaces Nili Latu for Falcons.

62'

Substitution

Paddy Ryan replaces Alex Rogers for Falcons.

70'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 16 - 14 Bath

Craig Willis kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

72'

Substitution

Anthony Watson replaces Horacio Agulla for Bath.

81'

Penalty Goal! Falcons 19 - 14 Bath

Craig Willis kicks a penalty goal for Falcons.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Falcons.

Final score: Falcons 19 - 14 Bath.

Falcons Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Craig Willis014014
Rob Vickers10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rhys Priestland00309
Guy Mercer10005
Falcons v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
   1PRob
Vickers
1Nick
Auterac
P    
    HGeorge
McGuigan
2Ross
Batty
H    
    PJon
Welsh
3Henry
Thomas
P    
    LMark
Wilson
4Matt
Garvey
L    
    LSean
Robinson
5Charlie
Ewels
L    
    FLAlly
Hogg
6Leroy
Houston
FL    
    FLWill
Welch
7Guy
Mercer
FL1   
    8Nili
Latu
8David
Denton
8    
    SHMicky
Young
9Nikola
Matawalu
SH    
4 1 FHCraig
Willis
10Rhys
Priestland
FH   3
    WMarcus
Watson
11Matt
Banahan
W    
    CJuan Pablo
Socino
12Ollie
Devoto
C    
    CChris
Harris
13Jonathan
Joseph
C    
    WAlex
Tait
14Horacio
Agulla
W    
    FBSimon
Hammersley
15Tom
Homer
FB    
Replacements
    RHScott
Lawson
16Tom
Dunn
R    
    RPAlex
Rogers
17Max
Lahiff
RP    
    RPaddy
Ryan
18David
Wilson
RP    
    R8Mouritz
Botha
19Dominic
Day
R8    
    RTodd
Clever
20Francois
Louw
RFL    
    RSonatane
Takulua
21Jonathan
Evans
RSH    
    RRuaridh
Dawson
21Jonathan
Evans
RSH    
    RFBTom
Catterick
22George
Ford
RC    
    RBelisario
Agulla
23Anthony
Watson
RW