Planet Rugby

Newcastle

Newcastle

Saints leave it late

15th April 2011 21:35

Share:

Chris Ashton northampton newcastle 2011

Late winner: Chris Ashton

A Chris Ashton try in the dying minutes saw Northampton beat Newcastle 22-15 in a closely-fought Aviva Premiership clash at Kingston Park on Friday.

Relegation-threatened Falcons will have to settle for a losing bonus point after crashing to their fourth successive defeat.

The England wing Ashton went over in the 77th minute following earlier scores from Ben Foden and Bruce Reihana, while all the hosts' points came from five Jimmy Gopperth penalties.

The losing bonus point was enough to lift Newcastle above Leeds Carnegie on points difference, while Northampton edged closer to securing a play-off berth.

The Falcons dominated the opening quarter and two early penalties from the influential Gopperth put them 6-0 ahead after eight minutes.

Northampton spent long periods of the opening quarter camped inside their own 22-metre line but in the 25th minute they showed their class. Foden collected possession at the back of a scrum and raced over from close range for a try which Stephen Myler converted.

Myler then added a penalty to put the visitors 10-6 ahead and Gopperth then missed a penalty and a drop-goal attempt to leave the scores finely poised at the break.

However, the New Zealander did land his third penalty of the match shortly after the restart to cut Northampton's lead to a single point.

But in the 50th minute Foden and Jon Clarke combined to send Reihana over in the left corner. Myler failed to convert and moments later Reihana narrowly failed to ground a kick from Myler.

Gopperth then struck two penalties to level the scores at 15-15 but there was late drama as Ashton touched down for a try which Myler converted.

The scorers

For Newcastle:
Tries: Foden, Reihana, Ashton
Cons: Myler 2
Pen: Myler

For Northampton:
Pens: Gopperth 5

Yellow cards: Clark (Northampton - 61st min)

Newcastle: 15 Tom Catterick, 14 Alex Tait, 13 Tane Tu'ipulotu, 12 Jame Fitzpatrick, 11 Gcobani Bobo, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Micky Young, 8 Ally Hogg, 7 Will Welch, 6 Mark Wilson, 5 Andrew Van der Heijden, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Matt Thompson, 1 Jonny Golding.
Replacements: 16 Rob Vickers, 17 Grant Shiells, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Filipo Levi, 20 Alex Gray, 21 Chris Pilgrim, 22 Luke Eves, 23 Rob Vickerman.

Northampton: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Jon Clarke, 12 James Downey, 11 Paul Diggin, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Roger Wilson, 7 Phil Dowson, 6 Calum Clark, 5 Christian Day, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Soane Tonga'uiha.
Replacements: 16 Brett Sharman, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Tom Mercey, 19 Mark Sorenson, 20 Tom Wood, 21 Stuart Commins, 22 Shane Geraghty, 23 Bruce Reihana.

Venue: Kingston Park

  • Newcastle Falcons Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle vs Northampton14:00
Sunday , September 28
Wasps vs Newcastle14:00
Sunday , October 5
Newcastle vs Exeter15:00
Saturday , October 11
London Welsh vs Newcastle14:30
Saturday , November 15
Bath vs Newcastle15:00
Friday , November 21
Newcastle vs Gloucester20:00
Sunday , November 30
Newcastle vs Sale15:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
LV= Cup
Saturday , November 1
Northampton vs Newcastle15:00
Saturday , November 8
Newcastle vs Cardiff Blues15:00
More LV= Cup fixtures
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Friday , October 24
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Newcastle19:30
More European Rugby Challenge Cup fixtures
  • Newcastle Falcons Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 14
Newcastle 18 - 20 London IrishNewcastle vs London Irish Report
Saturday , September 6
Leicester 36 - 17 NewcastleLeicester vs Newcastle Report
More Aviva Premiership results
  • Table
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
8Harlequins24
9Gloucester24
10Sale Sharks22
11Newcastle Falcons21
12London Welsh21