Match Stats - Fix Info
Match Page 2017-18 - Summary
A clinical display from Newcastle Falcons saw them open up the new season with a comfortable victory over Worcester Warriors.
A slow-burner of a contest did get off to a bright start, with a slick lineout move allowing Alex Tait to cross the whitewash with just five minutes on the clock, Sonatane Takulua converting.
However, it took another 16 minutes for either side to affect the scoreboard once again, with Takulua punishing Worcester for an infringement at the ruck, dissecting the posts from the tee to make it 10-0.
With 28 minutes gone, the visitors lost British & Irish Lion Ben Te’o, who had earlier come into the Warriors line-up after Wynand Olivier was injured in the warm-up, but they did at least have their first points of the evening to celebrate, Tom Heathcote successfully kicking a penalty.
Thank you again to our incredible supporters – your backing tonight was tremendous
— Newcastle Falcons (@FalconsRugby) 1 September 2017
The score would remain 10-3 right through until the half-time break but seven minutes after the restart, Worcester worked the ball wide from a penalty and Josh Adams forced his way over to score, making it 10-8.
Heathcote was punished for his missed conversion as he watched Takulua dispatch a 25-metre kick to help Newcastle breathe a little easier and Falcons didn’t stop there, laying siege to the Cheetahs line and allowing Bobby Vickers to extend their lead to 20-8, with help from the boot of Takulua.
Sorry we couldn’t bring you better news but we get up and go again next week!
— Worcester Warriors🏉 (@WorcsWarriors) September 1, 2017
Late in the day, a driving maul allowed Kyle Cooper to ram home the issue for Newcastle, and then the deadeye Takulua dissected the posts once again to ensure the Falcons enjoyed a 20-point advantage.
And there was still time for Juan Pablo Socino to get in on the act, Craig Willis adding the extras after he powered over the line.