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Match Report: Worcester Warriors 27 Newcastle Falcons 13

07 Apr 2018
Match Report: Worcester Warriors 27 Newcastle Falcons 13

Two tries from Scotland flanker David Denton helped Worcester Warriors to a deserved 27-13 victory over Newcastle Falcons that moved them closer to Aviva Premiership Rugby survival.

The Warriors were excellent in the second half at Sixways and eventually made the most of the chances that came their way to remain nine points clear of bottom club London Irish.

Having led 13-6 at half-time, the result is a blow to Newcastle’s play-off hopes – they drop out of the top four and are two points behind Leicester Tigers and Wasps.

Worcester began the brighter of the two teams, but could not add to an early Chris Pennell penalty, despite a couple of good bursts by Pennell and Bryce Heem.

Newcastle eventually came into the game and led before half an hour had been played thanks to a couple of simple penalties from Toby Flood.

Ryan Bower then spilled the ball in a good position after a strong carry from Will Spencer before Pennell levelled the score at 6-6 with his second penalty.

But the Falcons went into half-time in front when Vereniki Goneva went through to score near the posts, following an acrobatic off-load down the left by Sinoti Sinoti.

Worcester continued to pass up chances when Pennell knocked on over the try line after great hands from Josh Adams and Heem, before the same man pushed a penalty wide.

But the hosts finally broke through on minute 63 when Denton stretched to score out on the right, with Dorian Jones’ conversion levelling the match.

Four minutes later, Warriors were in front when Nick Schonert scored for his first-ever Aviva Premiership Rugby try after Heem had been tackled just short.

The result was then made safe with four minutes left, as Denton powered through a tired Newcastle defence to seal Worcester’s seventh win of the season.