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Match Report: Newport Gwent Dragons 6 Newcastle Falcons 18

29 Jan 2017
Match Report: Newport Gwent Dragons 6 Newcastle Falcons 18

Two tries in ten first-half minutes ensured Newcastle Falcons got their first win of the Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign – despite the game finishing before the 80-minute mark.

With the pitch damp even before the game kicked off, the weather subsequently got worse as the day went on at Rodney Parade, with the referee calling a halt to proceedings 12 minutes from the end.

But with more than an hour played, that meant that the result stands, with the Falcons taking the victory thanks to two scores far from befitting the weather from Mark Wilson and Belisario Agulla.

Tom Prydie kicked two penalties for Newport, while Sonatane Takulua did the same for Newcastle – as well as kicking a conversion in the 18-6 success.

With an abundance of work needed just to get the game on, both teams struggled to get a foothold in the game, though Prydie just about held his footing to get the hosts on the board from the tee.

But from that ten-minute penalty, Falcons really came into their own, getting the first score of the afternoon in unsurprisingly scrappy fashion.

A rolling maul saw a pile of bodies attempt to dot down, with Wilson the man eventually credited with giving his side five points.

Another Prydie penalty saw the lead cut to a solitary point, but some sublime work from Joel Hodgson changed the outset of the match.

He raced forward before finding Agulla with a superb cut-out pass, leaving the Argentinian to run into the corner for the second, and ultimately final, try of the afternoon.

That gave the visitors something to defend at Rodney Parade, a lead they added to in comfortable fashion with a brace of Takulua penalties either side of half-time.

In a match that was always going to provide just a handful of points-scoring opportunities, a 12-point advantage was invaluable for the Falcons, though Takulua couldn’t add to his tally with a 55th-minute penalty.

It was to get worse for the hosts when Rynard Landman was sin-binned, infringing in midfield, with the pitch always deteriorating as the match went on.

But as the hour-mark passed, the result was secured either way, with the officials eventually bringing the encounter to an end with 68 minutes played, with an impressive Newcastle display – given the conditions – giving them four points from the match.

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