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Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 22 Wasps 39

05 May 2018
Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 22 Wasps 39

Wasps booked an Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-final clash at Saracens by beating Newcastle Falcons in a thrilling contest at Kingston Park.

Tries from Tom Cruse, Elliot Daly, Danny Cipriani, Josh Bassett, Jimmy Gopperth and Willie Le Roux put the game beyond Newcastle – who will face Exeter Chiefs in their semi-final clash.

The Falcons scored tries through Josh Matavesi, Zach Kibirige and Evan Olmstead after Wasps took control of the match but Le Roux’s late effort secured victory for Dai Young’s men, who finish third in the table – one spot ahead of their hosts.

The semi-finals take place in two weeks time, with the winners destined for Twickenham and the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final.

With third up for grabs, Newcastle got on the board first through a Sonatane Takulua penalty but Wasps quickly took control, and scored their first try of the match through hooker Cruse from close range.

The Falcons kept Wasps at bay again until five minutes before the break but they conceded two tries before the whistle to hand the away side the initiative.

Daly crossed in the corner after the forwards sucked in Falcons defenders, leaving space out wide, before Cipirani dotted down on the stroke of half time.

And they carried on after the break, with winger Bassett getting a well-deserved try before star player Le Roux burst through and supplied replacement Gopperth to score against his former club.

Matavesi pulled a try back for Newcastle and that woke them up, with Kibirige and  Olmstead following soon after.

But Wasps finished it, with Le Roux finishing neatly to round the match off.