Fixtures - Top Bar

Match Reaction: Newcastle Falcons 13 Leicester Tigers 14

Richard Cockerill warned Leicester Tigers there is still a lot of work to be done despite a marginal 14-13 win at Newcastle Falcons that moved them into the top four of Aviva Premiership Rugby.

The Tigers fell 10-0 behind in the first half after Juan Pablo Socino scored, but Mike Fitzgerald hit back for the visitors after a neat Ben Youngs pass.

Freddie Burns kicked three penalties to put Leicester one point ahead, but they lost Peter Betham to a yellow card with 10 minutes to go and Newcastle pushed forwards for a winning score.

But Joel Hodgson missed a drop-goal with the last kick of the game from close range to give Leicester victory.

“It was very disappointing from our point of view,” said director of rugby Cockerill.

“Credit to Newcastle, they could easily have won the game and we are very lucky to be going home with the four points.

“We had lots of opportunities to manage the game and do things better but we didn’t and we are lucky to win.

“The effort the players are putting in to try and solve the issues they are putting themselves under is credit to them so there is no lack of effort, we just need to be smarter.

“There was a period at the start of that second half where we should have controlled the ball better. Our ball control was poor and the scrum was a mess.

“Newcastle were very good and created a lot of opportunities which they will be disappointed they did not take.”

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards echoed those views, but refused to blame Hodgson for the defeat.

The Falcons have lost their last two games but Richards insists they are in a far better position than they were a year ago and is demanding only minor improvements.

“We butchered a number of opportunities. Had we taken those we would have won but I thought we showed a huge amount of spirit,” he said.

“The boys decided to go for the drop goal and you support the boys on that. There are a couple of other things we could have gone for and they made a decision.

“George Ford has been knocking them over for fun so they thought why not go for it.

“We are in a totally different position this year because we had not won a game before Christmas last year and if you look at today’s performance I would say it was half reasonable.

“If we pay more attention to detail then we will be fine.”

Newcastle Falcons:  Hammersley, Goneva, Waldouck, Socino, Sinoti, Delany (Hodgson 60), Takulua (Young 62), Vickers, Lawson (Sowrey 72), Welsh, Green, Olmstead (Witty 66), Wilson, Welch, Hogg (Temm 68).

Subs not used: Ryan, Agulla

Leicester Tigers:  Tait, Veainu, Betham, Williams (Roberts 65), Pietersen, Burns, B Youngs, Genge, McGuigan (T Youngs 49), Cole, Fitzgerald (Slater 72), Kitchener, Williams, O’Connor, Hamilton (Evans 67).

Subs not used: Munipola, Bateman, Kitto, Thompstone

Newcastle

Tries: Socino

Con: Delany

Pen: Delany, Hodgson

Leicester Tigers

Tries: Fitzgerald

Pen: Burns 3

Referee:  JP Doyle

Attendance:  6,570

Latest News

Harlequins Ladies coach savours upcoming Women’s Super Rugby season

Women’s sport is booming according to former Richmond prop and Scotland captain Karen Findlay, who is now relishing the prospect…

Aviva Tackling Numbers programme celebrated at Corporate Engagement Awards

Premiership Rugby and its Aviva Tackling Numbers programme enjoyed not one but two moments in the spotlight at the Corporate…

Corporate Engagement Awards

Lions ready for battle on eve of All Blacks Test

After months of waiting and weeks of build-up, The British & Irish Lions are ready to face the toughest challenge…

Saracens and London Irish to kick off the season at Twickenham

SARACENS and London Irish will help launch the 2017-18 Premiership Rugby season after being chosen as the home sides for…

Ex-England star Susie Appleby excited to lead Gloucester-Hartpury in inaugural Women’s Super Rugby campaign

Former England international Susie Appleby believes it’s an exciting time for women’s rugby as she issues a rallying cry to…

Wasps confirm 2017/18 pre-season schedule

Wasps have today confirmed their 2017/18 pre-season schedule, which will see them face Connacht Rugby and Ulster Rugby, as well…

Wasps celebrate

Quartet sign Academy contracts with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm that Rhys Davies, Wil Partington, Miles Reid, and Kieran Verden have all signed long-term…

Todd Blackadder

Clare Daniels hoping to inspire the next generation of female rugby referees

The first female official in Aviva Premiership Rugby history, Clare Daniels, has urged girls and women to take up officiating…

Luke McLean enthused by London Irish move

Luke McLean is looking to reignite his international career under Italy Head Coach Conor O’Shea following his summer move to…

All Black Francis Saili joins Harlequins

Harlequins is excited to confirm today (Wednesday 21st June) that All Black Francis Saili has joined the Club. Commenting on…

Francis Saili

Bath Rugby sign Phillips from Bristol Rugby

Bath Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of James Phillips, who has joined the Club from Bristol Rugby until…

JamesPhillips1

Nowell gets two tries as Lions see off Chiefs in Hamilton

Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell returned to his sparkling best with two tries for the British & Irish Lions in their…

Nalaga a big coup for Irish says international teammate Tikoirotuma

Explosive wing Napolioni Nalaga can be an big hit in every sense of the word during next season's Aviva Premiership…

Masi and Everard return to Wasps alongside new Academy Manager Jonathan Pendlebury

Wasps are pleased to announce a new Academy structure ahead of the 2017/18 season. The new set-up sees former Yorkshire…

The new Wasps academy coaches

Sale Sharks announce signing of Australia international James O’Connor

Sale Sharks have announced the latest in a wave of world class signings, as they confirm Australian International James O’Connor…

Sale Sharks announce signing of Australia international James O’Connor

Lions prepared for final warm-up before All Blacks Test

After a crucial victory against the Maori All Blacks, the British & Irish Lions are just a single match away…

Wasps sign Paul Doran-Jones and David Langley

Wasps today confirm the signing of props Paul Doran-Jones and David Langley, while loosehead Tom Bristow is confirmed as leaving…

Paul Doran-Jones

Venter integral to Du Plessis opting to join London Irish

Petrus Du Plessis says Brendan Venter was a key factor in his decision to move to London Irish this summer.…

Fight and spirit shone through despite defeat, says England U20 coach Vass

Head coach Ian Vass hailed his England U20 side’s fight and spirit after they were beaten in the World Rugby…