Saracens squeeze past Newcastle

Date published: December 27 2014

Saracens edged out a determined Newcastle side 25-23 at Kingston Park for a result which keeps them in contention for a play-off berth.

It was an extremely tight first half with Newcastle getting points on the board courtesy of two penalties for Juan Socino.

Saracens however took the lead at half-time with a try for Neil de Kock and a penalty for Owen Farrell to give them a 6-10 advantage in the first half.

The Falcons came so close to claiming a draw with two tries for Chris Harris and one for Sinoti Sinoti but it was not enough for the home side.

Tries for Nick Tompkins and Chris Ashton and another penalty for Farrell secured the 23-25 victory for Saracens.

Newcastle opened the game with some impressive flair and scored the first points of the game from a penalty for Socino within the first 10 minutes.

The Falcons were then unlucky to have a try disallowed before they allowed Saracens back into the game. Scrum-half de Kock picked the ball up from a tackle just inches from the home side’s line and went straight over for the try.

Socino replied with another penalty to bring his side back to within one point of their visitors but Farrell’s penalty on the 39th minute gave Saracens a 6-10 lead at half time.

The home side opened the first half with a bang when Sinoti was on the end of a loose ball that was hacked up the field and he ensured it found the try line.

However Saracens were out to spoil Newcastle’s party when Tompkins forced his way over from a rolling maul and put his side back in the lead.

A penalty for Farrell followed by the try for Ashton gave the visitors a comfortable lead. Having tasted victory early on in the second half however, the Falcons refused to lie down and Harris scored two sensational tries in just six minutes.

His first came after Ashton failed to collect the ball and he pounced to give the Falcons hope.

His second on 80 minutes was a result of pure determination by the team, he found space after a series of good hands from his comrades.

Sadly for Newcastle, Socino failed to kick the conversion and so it was the visitors who claimed the 23-25 victory.

The scorers:

For Newcastle:
Tries: Harris 2, Sinoti
Con: Socino
Pens: Socino 2

For Saracens:
Tries: De Kock, Tompkins, Ashton
Con: Farrell 2
>Pens: Farrell 2

Newcastle: 15 Alex Tait, 14 Sinoti Sinoti, 13 Adam Powell, 12 Juan Pablo Socino, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Tom Catterick 9 Mike Blair, 8 Ally Hogg, 7 Will Welch, 6 Mark Wilson, 5 Kane Thompson, 4 Calum Green, 3 Scott Wilson, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Rob Vickers.
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Eric Fry, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Joshua Furno, 20 Andy Saull, 21 Ruki Tipuna, 22 Chris Harris, 23 Tom Penny.

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Jacques Burger, 6 Billy Vunipola, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Jim Hamilton, 3 James Johnston, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements; 16 Brett Sharman, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Petrus Du Plessis, 19 Maro Itoje, 20 Jackson Wray, 21 Neil De Kock, 22 Nick Tompkins, 23 David Strettle.

Referee: Luke Pearce