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Match Report: Worcester Warriors 20-23 Newcastle Falcons

15 Sep 2018
Match Report: Worcester Warriors 20-23 Newcastle Falcons

Toby Flood held his nerve from the kicking tee as Newcastle Falcons claimed their first win of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby season and condemned Worcester Warriors to their third loss on the spin.

Flood’s late penalty separated the sides as the former England fly-half ended up with an individual 13-point haul.

The Falcons came storming out of the blocks at Sixways and Sonatane Takulua crossed for their first try when he got on the shoulder of the charging Sami Mavinga for a fine score.

And they had a second not long after, Flood the creator with a clever inside pass to Sinoti Sinoti who burst through a small hole to dot down.

The Warriors and Sixways were stunned but Duncan Weir did get them on the board with a penalty at the midway point of the first half.

And it was the home side who finished the half on top as first George McGuigan and then Johnny Williams saw yellow for Dean Richards’ Falcons.

Williams’ infringement was a double whammy for the Falcons as his deliberate knock on also led to a penalty try and it was only 14-10 to the visitors at the break.

But the 13-men of Newcastle held firm at the start of the second half and Flood actually stretched their lead with a penalty to make it 17-10.

Back came the Warriors, Weir getting on the end of Ryan Mills’ clever kick to dot down and with the conversion added as well, the scores were level.

However, Flood put the Falcons back in front with a penalty for a high shot before Chris Pennell hit back with a long-range effort of his own with ten minutes remaining.

But Flood held his nerve from in front when the Warriors went offside and despite the hosts turning down a kickable penalty late to ramp up the pressure, the Falcons head back home with their first win of the season safely secured.