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Match report: Harlequins 10 Newcastle Falcons 28

24 Feb 2018
Match report: Harlequins 10 Newcastle Falcons 28

Sinoti Sinoti toasted his new Newcastle Falcons contract by dotting down in his team’s win over Harlequins, their first Aviva Premiership Rugby victory at the Stoop in almost 18 years.

There was nothing to separate the sides at half-time as an early James Horwill try was cancelled out by Callum Chick at the other end.

But shortly after the restart, Kyle Cooper and Chris Harris went over in quick succession for the visitors before Sinoti followed them over the whitewash.

It meant Newcastle tasted victory at the Stoop in the league for the first time since September 2000.

An excellent touch-finder from Marcus Smith led to the game’s first try on seven minutes, Horwill barging over at the second time of asking following a good offload by Dave Ward, Smith converting.

The visitors were fortunate not to fall further behind on 22 minutes when Smith sent a 30m penalty in front of the posts wide.

But after Harlequins hooker Joe Gray was sin-binned for collapsing a maul, Newcastle were level as Chick inched over the line following a sixth Falcons lineout, Flood converting.

The hosts started the second half on the front foot and Smith put the hosts back ahead with a penalty from 30m in front of the posts.

But Falcons weren’t behind for long and after Simon Hammersely was held up over the line following a fine Josh Matavesi break, Cooper barrelled his way over.

Flood converted to put Newcastle 14-10 ahead with 30 minutes remaining and moments later, the visitors were further ahead as Harris brushed off Luke Wallace to dot down.

Veteran fly-half Flood once again added the extras before being replaced by Joel Hodgson, who made no mistake with his conversion on 66 minutes after Sinoti beat Chisholm one-on-one on the left wing to wrap up Falcons’ bonus point.