Planet Rugby

Falcons win in Worcester

05th October 2013 16:58

Share:

Mike Blair of Newcastle Falcons applauds

Try for Newcastle: Mike Blair

Newcastle claimed a crucial victory in the battle to avoid relegation with a 16-11 win over Worcester at Sixways on Saturday.

Falcons extended Warriors' Premiership losing streak to five games with a narrow triumph.

The Falcons controlled the opening period and took a 13-3 lead into the interval through Mike Blair's try and two Rory Clegg penalties.

Worcester's sole response in the first half came through the boot of Ignacio Mieres before the fly-half added a second after the break.

David Lemi then crossed the whitewash to give the Warriors hope, but Phil Godman's late penalty sealed the victory for Newcastle.

This was a match between two of the teams expecting to be near the bottom of the table come the end of the season. Worcester, under the guidance of former Gloucester boss Dean Ryan, have endured a torrid start to the campaign. They went into the game against Newcastle winless in four and devoid of confidence, and Dean Richards' men took advantage of their uncertainty early on.

Clegg opened the scoring with a penalty for the visitors after a fine passage of play before another excellent move ended in Blair touching down.

The Tyneside-based outfit continued their stranglehold on proceedings with a second three-pointer from the fly-half.

However, the Warriors finally forced their way into the game and reduced the arrears at half-time to 13-3 through the boot of Mieres.

Oliver Tomaszczyk was also spending time off the field after being yellow carded just before the break.

Although the hosts failed to score while the prop was in the sin bin, they did finally get another three points through the boot of their fly-half with 48 minutes gone.

The game then descended into a scrappy affair as the importance of the situation became apparent, but it was Worcester who had the edge. And the deadlock was finally broken when Lemi touched down in the corner.

However, the crucial conversion was missed and Godman's late penalty secured a vital win for Newcastle.

For Worcester:
Tries: Lemi
Pens: Mieres 2

For Newcastle:
Try: Blair
Con: Clegg
Pens: Clegg 2
Yellow card: Tomaszczyk

Worcester: 15 Chris Pennell, 14 Josh Drauniniu, 13 Ravai Fatiaki, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 David Lemi, 10 Ignacio Mieres, 9 Paul Hodgson, 8 Semisi Taulava, 7 Jake Abbott, 6 Jonathan Thomas (c), 5 Chris Jones, 4 Mike Williams, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ed Shervington, 1 Jeremy Becasseau.
Replacements: 16 Chris Brooker, 17 George Porter, 18 John Andress, 19 Dean Schofield, 20 Cam Goodhue, 21 Jeremy Su'a, 22 Paul Warwick, 23 Alex Grove.

Newcastle: 15 Alex Tait, 14 Noah Cato, 13 Adam Powell, 12 James Fitzpatrick, 11 Tom Catterick, 10 Rory Clegg, 9 Mike Blair, 8 Ally Hogg, 7 Will Welch (c), 6 Mark Wilson, 5 Dom Barrow, 4 Carlo del Fava, 3 Oliver Tomaszczyk, 2 Matt Thompson, 1 Rob Vickers.
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Franck Montanella, 18 Scott Wilson, 19 Sean Tomes, 20 Chris York, 21 Warren Fury, 22 Phil Godman, 23 Ryan Shortland

Venue: Sixways
Referee: Martin Fox
Assistant referees : Andrew Pearce and Nigel Carrick
TMO: Geoff Warren

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 28
Bath vs Harlequins19:45
Saturday , November 29
Leicester Tigers vs Wasps15:00
Exeter vs Saracens16:30
Sunday , November 30
London Irish vs Gloucester13:00
London Welsh vs Northampton14:30
Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
England vs Australia14:30
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Munster vs Ulster19:35
Cardiff Blues vs Treviso19:35
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs Edinburgh15:00
Leinster vs Ospreys17:15
Connacht vs Scarlets19:30
Sunday , November 30
Glasgow Warriors vs Dragons16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Lyon vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:30
Toulouse vs Grenoble20:45
Sunday , November 30
Stade Francais vs Brive18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 23
Saracens 24 - 31 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Georgia 35 - 24 JapanGeorgia vs Japan Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
London Irish 23 - 33 BathLondon Irish vs Bath Report
Exeter 31 - 15 WaspsExeter vs Wasps Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 6 - 22 South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Report
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton830
2Exeter828
3Bath828
4Saracens825
5Leicester Tigers821