Worcester edge Falcons in vital win

Date published: March 5 2016

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 04:  Warriors scrum half Francois Hougaard in action during the Aviva Premiership match between Newcastle Falcons and Worcester Warriors at Kingston Park on March 4, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Bryce Heem's try saw Worcester hold on for a much needed 14-15 victory against Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park in the Premiership on Friday.

Two Andy Goode penalties were the only first half points for Newcastle. 

After being behind for most of the first half, Worcester managed to grab a 6-7 half-time lead courtesy of a late Dewald Potgieter converted try.

Heem went over for his in the last quarter of the second half, Tom Heathcote also added an earlier penalty. Rob Vickers scored and a third penalty conversion was just not enough to snatch a victory for the home-side.  

Both sides went into this game looking for a victory to distance themselves from bottom seeded, London Irish. 

The Newcastle were unbeaten at Kingston Park since losing to Saracens in early December. 

After an opening 15 minutes of scrum resets and breakdown penalties, Goode eventually opened the scoring for the home side from the tee. 30 minutes in the first half, veteran fly half added another three points.

Worcester's ill discipline saw them concede six penalties in the first half. Despite Heathcote missing a fairly easy penalty, Springbok flanker Potgieter crossed over for the visitors first points.

Worcester started the second half on the front foot with yet another Heathcote penalty after a TMO decision denied Francois Hougaard try. 

The boot of Goode kept the Falcons in the game as he slotted another penalty to bring the score back to 10-9. 

Worcester's second try came in the 61st minute when Heem broke through the Newcastle defensive line to crash over in the corner. 

The Warriors were in for a nervy final ten minutes when captain GJ Van Velze was yellow carded for collapsing a driving Newcastle maul. 

The Falcons made the extra man count when Vickers powered over from close range. 

However, both sides would finish the game with fourteen men, with Newcastle's Marcus Watson sent to the bin for a deliberate knock on. 

The win for the Warriors sees them leapfrog Newcastle into tenth place with London Irish travelling to the Rec to face Bath on Saturday.

The scorers:

For Newcastle:
Try: Vickers
Pens: Goode 3
Yellow Card: Watson 

For Worcester: 
Tries: Potgieter, Heem  
Con: Heathcote
Pen: Heathcote 
Yellow Card: Van Velze

Newcastle: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Alex Tait, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Adam Powell, 11 Marcus Watson 10 Andy Goode, 9 Michael Young, 8 Ally Hogg, 7 Nili Latu, 6 Will Welch (c), 5 Sean Robinson, 4 Mark Wilson, 3 Taione Vea, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Rob Vickers
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Alex Rogers, 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Callum Chick, 21 Sonatane Takulua, 22 Craig Willis, 23 Juan Pablo Socino.

Worcester: 15 Chris Pennell, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Ryan Mills, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 GJ van Velze (c), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Phil Dowson, 5 Darren Barry, 4 Donncha O'Callaghan, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Jaba Bregvadze,  1 Val Rapava Ruskin
Replacements: 16 Niall Annett, 17 Na'ama Leleimalefaga, 18 James Johnston, 19 Dan Sanderson, 20 Sam Betty, 21 Luke Baldwin, 22 Ryan Lamb, 23 Andy Symons

Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Referees: Ashley Rowden & Robin Goodliffe.
TMO: Sean Davey.

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