Tigers fight back to beat Falcons

Date published: March 8 2015

Leicester Tigers came from behind to post a 16-12 victory over Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park on Sunday.

A late Tommy Bell touchdown secured the Tigers the win and moved them level on points with Bath in fourth spot on the table.

Richard Cockerill's men had plenty of possession in the first half and scored two penalties through Freddie Burns, but it was Newcastle who displayed more invention and went over twice via Scott Lawson and Sinoti Sinoti.

The tempo remained high in the second period but few scores were forthcoming until Burns kicked a three-pointer and, late in the encounter, Bell crossed the whitewash for the winning try.

Despite not producing the type of performances their fans might expect throughout this season, the Tigers are still in play-off contention.

Their victory over Sale Sharks last weekend was arguably the best of the campaign and they opened the match against Newcastle looking to continue that momentum.

However, the visitors failed to take advantage of their early pressure and it was Dean Richards' side who scored first when Lawson crossed the whitewash.

They managed to dominate the scrum battle, though, with the Falcons shorn of tighthead Kieran Brookes and an infringement from the hosts allowed Burns to reduce the arrears.

Leicester's stand-off then ate into the deficit further with a second from the tee before Sinoti gave the home team a 12-6 lead at the interval following a fine passage of play.

Newcastle remained ambitious with ball in hand after the break but, as the mistakes crept in, the Midlands' outfit began to gain a foothold on proceedings.

Burns' third successful penalty moved them to within three points before Bell touched down to give the Tigers the advantage for the first time in the game, one they never relinquished.

The scorers:

For Newcastle Falcons:
Tries: Lawson, Sinoti
Cons: Catterick

For Leicester Tigers:
Try: Bell
Con: Burns
Pens: Burns 2

Newcastle Falcons: 15 Alex Tait, 14 Sinoti Sinoti, 13 Adam Powell, 12 Juan Pablo Socino, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Tom Catterick, 9 Ruki Tipuna, 8 Mark Wilson, 7 Will Welch, 6 Richard Mayhew, 5 Dom Barrow, 4 Kane Thompson, 3 Alex Rogers, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Rob Vickers.
Replacements: 16 Rob Hawkins, 17 Mark Irving, 18 Rob O'Donnell, 19 Josh Furno, 20 Andy Saull, 21 Sonatane Takulua, 22 Gonzalo Tiesi, 23 Noah Cato.

Leicester Tigers: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Niall Morris, 13 Vereneki Goneva, 12 Seremaia Bai, 11 Adam Thompstone, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Sam Harrison, 8 Laurence Pearce, 7 Jamie Gibson, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Sebastian De Chaves, 3 Logovi'i Mulipola, 2 Tom Youngs (c), 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Fraser Balmain, 19 Jordan Crane, 20 Julian Salvi, 21 David Mele, 22 Tommy Bell, 23 Jack Roberts.

Referee: Luke Pearce