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Match Reaction: Bath Rugby 21 Newcastle Falcons 8

Match Reaction: Bath Rugby 21 Newcastle Falcons 8

Freddie Burns put in a man-of-the-match performance with his boot as Bath beat Newcastle 21-8 to top Anglo-Welsh Cup Pool One.
After a scoreless first half, Paul Grant, Nathan Charles and Jack Wilson all went over for tries with Burns kicking three conversions to give the home side victory at the Rec.

Man of the match – Freddie Burns
Burns kicked three conversions and was instrumental in Bath’s second half resurgence with some excellent kicking out of hand.

Try of the match
Nathan Charles finished off an excellent team move by Bath to put the home side in control.
Darren Atkins and Josh Bayliss combined to make yards up the middle before quick hands from Darren Allinson, Tapuai and Grant set Matt Banahan free down the left.
He beat the tackle of Belisario Agulla before delivering a superb offload inside to the replacement hooker who dived over unopposed.

Moment of the match
Burns placed a pinpoint crossfield kick into the hands of Jack Wilson who was unmarked on the right wing.
The kick was so good and precise that Wilson barely had to adjust his run as he caught it and went over for the try.

What they said 

Bath’s director of rugby Todd Blackadder, said: “I thought the first half was pretty underwhelming. In all fairness, Newcastle probably had the better of us and we were probably lucky to be 0-0 going into half time.
“But we got on the front foot and suddenly options were available to us. I thought Freddie Burns’ kicking game was exceptional tonight.
“I thought the bench came on and played with maturity and Max Green, as a young half-back, did a really good job.”

Newcastle academy manager and first-team skills coach, Mark Laycock, said: “We’re pretty frustrated with that. We felt that we stuck to our game plan and showed a huge amount of endeavour.
“They ultimately got the tries they needed to go on and win the game.
“Our defence was fantastic and we were creating line breaks and supporting those line breaks. We thought it was 98 per cent a fantastic performance.
“It’s those two per cent which makes the difference. It’s all guns blazing for the Gloucester game next week.”

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