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Newcastle condemn Leeds to first defeat

29 Sep 2002
Newcastle condemn Leeds to first defeat

The Falcons drew first blood as Jonny Wilkinson slotted a penalty just before the quarter hour mark, and it got better for the home side as scrum-half Hall Charlton crashed over for the game’s opening try.

However, back came the Tykes and their off-season signing, winger George Harder scored a vital try two minutes before the break, The Premiership’s top scorer Braam van Straaten adding the extras as Leeds moved to within three points.

Within four minutes of the second-half Leeds were level, Wilkinson being penalised in front his posts and Van Straaten doing what has become second nature to him in recent games.

Wilkinson made amends soon after combining with Jamie Noon to release Stuart Grimes, the Scottish international lock powering over for this side’s second try. Wilkinson doing well to add the tricky conversion as Newcastle again moved into a clear lead.

However, Newcastle’s lead was short-lived as Dan Scarbrough capped off a well worked try going under the posts untouched just six minutes later, the young fullback’s fifth try in five games this season.

Wilkinson once again gave the Falcons their third lead of the game with his second penalty and this time they seemed determined to hold onto it, centre Jamie Noon on hand after a lovely break from Wilkinson as Falcons scored their third try.

Wilkinson added the conversion to leave Leeds needing to score twice with just ten minutes remaining and although Harder crossed the line late on, the try was disallowed for a forward pass.

Van Straaten secured a potentially vital bonus point with a penalty in injury time but it was not enough to stop them sliding to their first defeat this season.

NewcastleTries: Charlton, Grimes, NoonCons: Wilkinson 2Pens: Wilkinson

Leeds TykesTries: Harder, Scarbrough Cons: Van Straaten 2Pens: Van Straaten 2

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