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Newcastle Falcons 38 London Welsh 7

11 Jan 2015
Newcastle Falcons 38 London Welsh 7

Sinoti Sinoti caused havoc at Kingston Park as Newcastle Falcons put their four-game Aviva Premiership Rugby losing run to bed by beating winless London Welsh.

New Zealand-born flyer Sinoti has beaten the most defenders in Aviva Premiership Rugby this season and he set about showing why, breaking the gain-line for fun while chipping in with a first-half score.

Tries from Rob Vickers, Mike Blair and Will Welch followed in the first 40 before Ally Hogg and Tom Catterick – who nailed four of six conversions – added two more after the break.

And though Welsh did score a slick try, finished off by Nick Scott, it ultimately meant little as they suffered their 13th Aviva Premiership Rugby defeat of the season.

In wild and windy conditions at Kingston Park, Opeti Fonua made the first inroads into opposition territory but the London Welsh No.8 failed to find a pair of hands with his offload.

And after a couple of misjudged line-out throws, Falcons started to show the type of gusto that has typified their improved attacking player this year with Sinoti bulldozing his way through for a big gain.

A knock on followed that particular break but on 12 minutes, with Juan Pablo Socino at the heart of the move, Welsh kept out a wave of pick-and-goes inches away from the whitewash.

But play was called back and from a five-metre scrum, Falcons’ pocket rocket Sinoti lunged over for the seventh Aviva Premiership Rugby try of his career

The wind shoved Catterick’s conversion wide of the posts before Newcastle continued to test Welsh’s defences, with Alex Tait’s offload escaping the clutches of an open Adam Powell.

The Exiles were then penalised for not releasing and after a kick to the corner, Rob Vickers smuggled the ball over with an almighty push.

In the blink of an eye Blair notched the Falcons’ third. The ball was swept from left to right and Sinoti slalomed past a sea of defenders before the ball reached Blair for the simplest of scores.

However the Exiles responded in similarly eye-catching fashion in the 24th minute, Will Robinson popping through a deft kick to Nick Scott who accepted the gift gleefully on his way to the whitewash.

Fleeting glimpses of an Exiles revival were then snuffed out however as a patient rolling maul paid off – with Welch applying the final touch.

With the bonus point secured, Newcastle were showing no signs of a let up as a huge hole opened up for Powell, and only impressive last-ditch defending held them at bay.

Sinoti set the tone for the second half – dragging a clutch of Exiles bodies with him in an early break.

But the biggest flashpoint early on was an injury to former New Zealand scrum-half Piri Weepu, whose ankle got trapped in a Socino tackle.

However he soldiered on with strapping and the Exiles started to pry and probe without finding any joy from the Newcastle line.

Ultimately the clinical Falcons added another try to their tally, this time Hogg evading the attentions of Scott and replacement Olly Barkley to ground the ball and finish a break down the right.

The intensity dropped off in the latter stages though cross-code convert Elliot Kear was looking lively for the visitors – before a promising period of play ended with a Tom May fumble.

And there was still time for Falcons to add more – profiting from an Exiles mistake – as Catterick nipped around the fringes to bring up the half-dozen of tries.

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