Bath down Newcastle and move up the log

Bath moved back into the playoff places as they defeated the Newcastle Falcons 36-25 in the Guinness Premiership on Saturday.

Butch James put Bath’s first points on the board after slotting a penalty in the second minute. But the Falcons hit back through winger Tim Visser who went over for the try.


Tom May made no mistake in the conversion to give the visitors the lead.

James was in fantastic form with the boot as he turned Newcastle mistakes into points for Bath as he steadily knocked four more penalties through the posts to put Bath 15-7 ahead of the Falcons.

Bath number 14 Joe Maddock then finished off the half for the home side with a try, swiftly converted by James to see Bath lead 22-7 at the break.

Newcastle come out firing in the second half with May scoring a penalty followed by a try from Brent Wilson, which May again converted to put the visitors within five points.

Bath extended their lead in the 57th minute through Andy Beattie, which James converted. May continued to help the Falcons eat into the lead with another penalty but a second try from Maddock put the match to far out of their reach.

Shaun Berne converted and despite Andrew Fenby dotting down for five points, Bath secured a 36-25 win.

Bath are fourth on the Guinness Premiership table, while Newcastle are in ninth position.

Final Score Bath 36 Newcastle 25


Tries : Joe Maddock (2), Andy Beattie
Conv: Butch James (2), Shaun Berne
Pen: Butch James (5)

Tries: Tim Visser, Brent Wilson, Andrew Fenby
Conv: Tom May (2)
Pen: Tom May (2)


Bath : 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Joe Maddock, 13 Alex Crockett, 12 Shaun Berne, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 Butch James, 9 Scott Bemand, 8 Daniel Browne, 7 Michael Lipman (c) , 6 Andy Beattie , 5 Stuart Hooper , 4 Justin Harrison , 3 Duncan Bell , 2 Rob Hawkins , 1 David Flatman.

Replacements: 16 Mark Lilley, 17 Aaron Jarvis, 18 Jonny Faamatuainu, 19 James Scaysbrook, 20 Mike Baxter, 21 Tom Cheeseman, 22 Michael Stephenson.

Newcastle : 15 Alex Tait, 14 Tim Visser, 13 Jamie Noon, 12 Tane Tu’ipulotu, 11 Andrew Fenby, 10 Tom May, 9 Micky Young, 8 Adam Balding, 7 Brent Wilson, 6 Phil Dowson (captain), 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Rob Vickers, 1 Jon Golding.

Replacements: 16 Matt Thompson, 17 Micky Ward, 18 Mark Sorenson, 19 Russell Winter, 20 Hall Charlton, 21 Spencer Davey, 22 Steve Jones.

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