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Match report: Newcastle Falcons 21-32 Saracens

02 Sep 2018
Match report: Newcastle Falcons 21-32 Saracens

Alex Lewington marked his Saracens debut with two tries as Mark McCall’s men started their Gallagher Premiership Rugby title defence with a victory over Newcastle Falcons.

The former London Irish man notched up tries either side of the break as Jamie George and Nick Tompkins also got on the scoreboard for Saracens at Kingston Park.

The Falcons rallied in the second half with two tries from Mark Wilson but it wasn’t enough to deny the defending champions an opening day victory.

Newcastle Falcons were hoping to pick up where they left off from last season as Toby Flood notched up two early penalties.

The Falcons, who made the semi-finals for the first-time last season, were undone by the defending champions after 15 minutes.

Fine work from David Strettle was matched by impressive handling from George as he barrelled over before Owen Farrell converted.

The Falcons continued to press but it was Saracens who made the decisive breakthrough again on the stroke of half-time.

Alex Lozowski’s fine offload found Farrell who was on hand to feed Lewington to run in his maiden Saracens try to make it 17-9 to the visitors.

Fast thinking from Wilson caught the Saracens defences completely by surprise in the second half, picking up a loose ball and sniping over to cut the deficit to three points.

But momentum was snuffed out by the defending champions and it was Lewington again on the spot to fly over.

Good pressure from Mark McCall’s side paid off as Farrell’s long pass fell perfectly into the hands of the young debutant to put the advantage back to seven points.

Yellow cards to Nick Tompkins and Alex Goode gave Falcons hope.

And the hosts brought the contest back to within a point as Wilson trundled over with eight minutes remaining.

But Tompkins, on his return to the field, rounded off a slick move to seal the bonus point and finally put Falcons out of reach.