Falcons and Sharks end up all square

Newcastle Falcons and Sale Sharks played to a 16-16 draw at Kingston Park on Saturday, with Lee Thomas kicking two late penalties to level the scores.


Falcons got off to the better start when Jimmy Gopperth slotted two early penalties. He got the first in the 14th minute and the second a minute later when James Gaskell was shown a yellow card for Sale Sharks.


Sale pulled three points back in the 18th minute when Thomas slotted a penalty of his own, and they took the lead near the half hour with a Mark Cueto try. Thomas converted to give Sharks a 10-6 lead.


Gopperth reduced the gap to just one point in the 28th minute with his third penalty and then added another two points with the boot after Rob Vickerman scored a try in the 34th minute. This gave Falcons a 16-10 lead going into the break.


The second half was hardly filled with points, and the first change to the scoreboard came with only 10 minutes to go.

 

Thomas kicked a penalty in the 69th minute to reduce the gap to 16-13, before levelling the scores a few minutes later with another place kick.

Final Score Newcastle Falcons 16 Sale Sharks 16


Scorers


Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Rob Vickerman
Conv: Jimmy Gopperth
Pen: Jimmy Gopperth (3)


Sale Sharks
Tries: Mark Cueto
Conv: Lee Thomas
Pen: Lee Thomas (3)


Teams


Newcastle Falcons: Tait Amesbury Vickerman Bobo Biggs Gopperth Young Golding Vickers Hayman Hudson Swinson Williamson Wilson Levi


Replacements: Thompson Ward Ovens Sorenson Balding Charlton Miller Tu’ipulotu


Sale Sharks : Vakacegu Cueto Tait Tuilagi Cohen Thomas Wigglesworth Sheridan Schwalger Roberts Jones Schofield Gaskell Briggs Tait


Replacements: Jones Kerr Forster Seymour O’Donnell Cliff Macleod Bell

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