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Match Page 2017-18 - Summary
It was something of a rout for the beleaguered visitors whose only points came from a Liam Botham penalty in the 32nd minute and the Falcons simply had no answer to the all-round pace of the home side, who scored a total of five tries.
There was a welcome return for international No.10 Charlie Hodgson after a three-month injury lay-off, the fly-half showing little rustiness as he directed operations from the midfield, scoring 13 points in the process.
Hodgson opened his side’s account with a well-taken penalty in the ninth minute of the encounter, increasing the lead to 6-0 some 15 minutes later with another penalty goal.
While Newcastle were putting up a brave fight at this point in the match, coming close to scoring on a number of occasions, they could not match the all-round power of the Sharks’ attack as their defence crumbled in the dying minutes of the half.
First, Sharks centre Dan Harris burst through the midfield to crash over for the first try of the match and then wing Mark Cueto went over. Hodgson converted one of those tries and also added a penalty in that lengthy period of injury time to give his side a 21-3 lead at the break.
There was more of the same in the second half, with Cueto grabbing his second try just six minutes after the interval when he took a scoring pass from Hodgson, who had foxed the defence with an outstanding break.
Next on the scoresheet was England fullback Jason Robinson who scored a typical long-range try to further pile misery on the Falcons.
The Falcons’ misery was compounded when Steve Hanley scored an interception try just three minutes from the end and the North-Easterners continue to be rooted well and truly in the relegation zone.
Sharks:Tries: Mark Cueto (2), Steve Hanley, Dan Harris, Jason RobinsonCons: Charlie Hodgson (3)Pens: Charlie Hodgson (2)
Newcastle:Pen: Liam Botham