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Haughton try clinches Saracens win

Haughton, a star for England on the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens circuit, scored a try in the 70th minute after the sides had been deadlocked at 20-all for some 17 minutes.

Saracens did the majority of their scoring in the first half, just Haughton's try coming in the second half. An early try from replacement back Paul Bailey, followed by an Andy Goode conversion, penalty and drop-goal took the score to 13-3 before a penalty try, some eight minutes before the break, and Goode's second conversion, took the score to 20-3.

The 20-3 scoreline remained the same until after half-time, when Newcastle opened their try-scoring tally through scrum-half James Grindal, Walder hitting the conversion to leave the score at 20-10 in the visitors' favour.

Walder put over a drop-goal a few minutes later to put his side within seven points and they did not have to wait too long for those seven points as former Springbok flanker Warren Britz crashed over, Walder adding the two points, to tie the match at 20-20.

Saracens and Haughton, however, had the final say, his try, despite Goode not kicking the conversion, giving the visitors – and new coach Kafer – a win and some hope for 2003/04.

The scorers:

For the Newcastle Falcons:Tries: Grindal, BritzCons: Walder 2Pen: WalderDG: Walder

For Saracens:Tries: Bailey, Haughton, Penalty tryCons: Goode 2Pen: GoodeDG: Goode

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