Newcastle Falcons draw with London Irish

Newcastle came back from 12 points down to squeeze out a 12-12 draw against London Irish at Kingston Park on Saturday.

The match was off to a subdued start with both sides struggling to create point-scoring opportunities against well organised defences, and it remained scoreless for 22 minutes.

Irish sprung to life in three very productive minutes after the slow start and surged 12 points clear of their hosts thanks to tries from eighth-man George Stowers and flanker Steffon Armitage (pictured), and a conversion from Tom Homer.

New Zealander Jimmy Gopperth put the Falcons’ first points on the board five minutes before the break as the teams headed to the dressing rooms at 12-3.

The second half saw little try-line action with only Gopperth’s boot adding to the score-board.


The fly-half slotted three penalties in the second period to level matters at 12-12 where it stayed until the final whistle as the sides remained dead-locked.

Final Score Newcastle 12 London Irish 12


Pen – Gopperth (4)

London Irish
Tries – Armitage, Stowers
Con – Homer


Newcastle: 15 Alex Tait,14 Danny Williams, 13 Gcobani Bobo, 12 Tane Tu’ipulotu, 11 Charlie Amesbury, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Micky Young; 1 Jon Golding, 2 Rob Vickers, 3 Carl Hayman (captain), 4 James Hudson, 5 Tim Swinson, 6 Brent Wilson, 7 Will Welch, 8 Peter Browne

Replacements: 16 Alex Walker, 17 Kieran Brookes, 18 Grant Shiells, 19 Mark Sorenson, 20 Josh Afu, 21 Hall Charlton, 22 Rob Miller, 23 Rob Vickerman

London Irish: 15. Tom Homer; 14. Topsy Ojo; 13. Elvis Seveali’i; 12. Seilala Mapusua; 11. Peter Hewat; 10. Chris Malone; 9. Paul Hodgson; 1. Clarke Dermody; 2. David Paice, 3. Paulica Ion 4. Kieran Roche; 5. Bob Casey (captain); 6. Richard Thorpe; 7. Steffon Armitage; 8. George Stowers

Replacements: 16. James Buckland; 17. Dan Murphy; 18. Faan Rautenbach; 19. Andy Perry; 20. Jamie Gibson; 21. John Rudd; 22. Ryan Lamb; 23. Mike Catt

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