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Bath get job done in Newcastle

03rd September 2011 20:17

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Matt Carraro tackling Luke Eves

Try-scorer: Matt Carraro

Bath opened up their 2011/12 Aviva Premiership campaign with a 22-9 win over Newcastle at Kingston Park.

The visitors were quickly into their stride and found themselves ahead after just eight minutes when fly-half Sam Vesty burst through a gap in the Falcons' defence and put in wing Matt Carraro for a simple stroll under the posts.

Vesty successfully added the conversion as well as a 30 metre drop-goal and a penalty to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Newcastle offered little in the way of an attacking threat and once again relied on the boot of Jimmy Gopperth to keep them in touch at half-time, the former North Harbour player succeeding with three of his five penalty attempts at goal.

Newcastle were unable to make much impact after the re-start and Bath edged further in front through three more Vesty penalties.

The whistle of referee Martin Fox and wasteful kicking continued to frustrate the small home crowd of 3,650 and Bath always looked the more likely to score.

Newcastle finally gained some field position when they were awarded a scrum 10 metres in front of Bath's posts but replacement centre James Fitzpatrick spilled possession with his first touch of the ball to let the visitors off the hook.

The Falcons continued to press for a consolation score but Bath's defence held firm and Ian McGeechan's men were left to celebrate extending their unbeaten record at Kingston Park to eight games.

The scorers:

For Newcastle:
Pen: Gopperth 3

For Bath:
Try: Carraro
Con: Vesty
Pen: Vesty 4
Drop: Vesty

Newcastle: 15 Greg Goosen, 14 Luke Fielden, 13 Luke Eves, 12 Jamie Helleur, 11 Alex Tait, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Chris Pilgrim, 8 Richard Mayhew, 7 Will Welch, 6 Mark Wilson, 5 Andrew Van der Heijden, 4 James Hudson (capt), 3 Ashley Wells, 2 Rob Vickers,1 Grant Shiells
Replacements: 16 Joe Graham, 17 Dan Frazier, 18 James Hall, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Ally Hogg, 21 Jordi Pasqualin, 22 James Fitzpatrick, 23 Tom Catterick

Bath: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Matt Carraro, 13 Dan Hipkiss, 12 Ben Williams, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 Sam Vesty, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Simon Taylor, 7 Carl Fearns, 6 Ben Skirving, 5 Stuart Hooper (capt), 4 Ryan Caldwell, 3 Kane Palma-Newport, 2 Pieter Dixon, 1 David Flatman
Replacements: 16 Ross Batty, 17 Nathan Catt, 18 Duncan Bell, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Guy Mercer, 21 Mark McMillan, 22 Paul Roberts, 23 Jack Cuthbert

Referee: Martin Fox

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