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Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 16 Worcester Warriors 14

28 Apr 2017
Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 16 Worcester Warriors 14

Sonatane Takulua scored all of Newcastle Falcons’ points – including a late converted try – to down a spirited Worcester Warriors side in the North East.

Falcons led 6-0 at the break courtesy of Takulua’s boot an built their lead up to nine points after the break.

But Warriors fought back and scored through Wynand Olivier and a penalty try to lead the match with 15 minutes to go.

And Takulua was the hero after he squeezed over the line and converted his own try to edge the contest by two points.

Neither side got off the mark in the first quarter with fly-halves Joel Hodgson and Ryan Mills battling for territory.

The Warriors scrum held firm at set-piece time and the dangerous Falcons’ backs struggled to slice through the impressive defending of Mills and Ben Te’o.

But it was Falcons who eventually opened the scoring. Hodgson probed into the corner and, from the resulting lineout, Falcons earned a precious penalty which Takulua coolly dispatched to give the hosts the first points.

Minutes later, Worcester wasted possession allowing the hosts to kick deep once again and win another penalty in front of the sticks, Takulua made no mistake.

Falcons extended their lead after the break when Takulua nudged over another penalty which stirred Warriors into action.

Te’o challenged the gain line but was met by a wall of black which was indicative of the match as Falcons defence held firm for large parts.

Warriors, however, found a breakthrough when their rolling maul looked destined to go over the try line but was pulled down, referee Greg Garner had no option but to award the penalty try, Mills converted to cut Falcons’ lead to two.

And it got better for Warriors when Perry Humphreys glided past the Falcons defence to find Bryce Heem in space. Heem almost made it to the line and offloaded to Olivier who put the visitors ahead, Ryan Mills added the extras from the tee.

But Falcons were not giving up and Marcus Watson was denied at close range by Warriors’ full-back Chris Pennell until the decisive moment came.

Takulua squeezed over the line from a five-metre scrum and added the extras to see Falcons home in their last Aviva Premiership Rugby home game of the season.

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