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Match report: Bath Rugby 21 Newcastle Falcons 8

27 Jan 2018
Match report: Bath Rugby 21 Newcastle Falcons 8

Bath Rugby returned to the top of Anglo-Welsh Cup Pool 1 with vicotry over Newcastle Falcons at the Rec.

Converted second-half tries from Paul Grant, Nathan Charles and Jack Wilson were enough to end the visitors’ eight-match winning streak in cups this season.

It was a scoreless first half, low in quality and high in mistakes. The Falcons had by far the better chances to break the deadlock.

After a fine Juan Pablo Socino offload, Simon Uzokwe went close to scoring but knocked on as he eagerly tried to lay the ball back for a team-mate.

Ally Hogg thought he had scored in the 28th minute after carrying low to the deck, but referee Mike English immediately disallowed the effort, ruling that he had been held by at least one Bath hand.


When the hosts did venture into Falcons territory they found it very hard going. Their main ball carriers were frequently smashed back by booming tackles as they went in search of holes.

In the 51st minute, the crowd finally got what they wanted – a try from the men in blue, black and white.

The hosts attacked from a scrum before Grant twisted and turned his way out of contact to score. Burns slotted the simple conversion.

It didn’t take long for Falcons to rack up their first points of the game when Joel Hodgson punished a high tackle 40m from the Bath tryline.

As the game opened up in the final quarter, gaps started to appear for both sides to exploit.

Quick hands from Ben Tapuai and Grant set Matt Banahan free down the left and his looping offload was gathered by replacement hooker Charles for a converted try.

Three minutes later Falcons were back in the contest. After breaking into the Bath half, number eight Ryan Burrows found dangerous winger Adam Radwan, who was well-tackled by Jack Wilson

but managed to find replacement Craig Willis on his inside. The conversion was missed; meaning Falcons trailed by five.

The hosts put the result beyond doubt three minutes from time. After softening up the visitors with a rumbling maul, man-of-the-match Burns found Jack Wilson with a pinpoint crossfield kick.

The unmarked winger didn’t even need to break stride as he flopped over the tryline.

Attendance: 13,627

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