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Match Report: Saracens 25 Newcastle Falcons 3

10 Feb 2018
Match Report: Saracens 25 Newcastle Falcons 3

Richard Barrington and Max Malins both crossed as Saracens stormed past Newcastle Falcons, narrowly missing out on a bonus point.

The hosts were in control for much of the contest while their superb defence kept out the Falcons at Allianz Park.

With Exeter Chiefs losing to Saracens, the European champions have now closed to within a point of the top of the table – and look on course for a semi-final spot.

The first-half was even, with the team exchanging early penalties, Spencer slotting over for Sarries in the 9th minute and Hodgson replying for the Falcons in the 11th minute.

Spencer fired over his second penalty of the game in the 19th minute before the Sarries pack started to dominate.

Sarries scored the first try in the 27th minute with a pick and go put down under the posts by prop Richard Barrington with Spencer adding the extras.

The lead was extended four minutes later when TMO Trevor Fisher adjudged that Williams had been tackled off the ball by Falcons winger Sinoti, attempting to get a hand on Alex Lozowski’s chip through.

Sinoti was sent to the sin-bin but Newcastle rallied and prevented any points from being scored while down to 14.

However, it was a handling error that prevented Newcastle from scoring a try of their own when back row Nili Latu knocked-on five metres from the line after a flowing passing move from right to left.

Malins added a third try minute after coming off the bench, taking full advantage of the weather conditions to slide over the line.