Barkley boots Bath to Anglo Welsh LV Cup win

Olly Barkley kicked two late penalties to keep Bath’s Anglo Welsh LV= Cup chances alive with a hard-fought victory over Newcastle at The Rec.

Newcastle Falcons tasted defeat against Bath in the LV= Cup on Saturday, despite
an encouraging performance from the north-east outfit. ,

Gopperth got the Falcons off to the best possible start with penalty inside
the first two minutes, as a result of some excellent work from centre Tane Tu’ipulotu.

The rapid No. 12 chased a charge down, and with the try line in his sights,
the Tongan was held back.

Tu’ipulotu made a telling contribution minutes later with a robust challenge
on his opposite number to the delight of the travelling contingent.

The northeasterners extended their lead on 20 minutes with a further penalty
following a period of sustained pressure. Ally Hogg, who looked prominent in
the early exchanges surged down the left flank and at the breakdown the visitors
were awarded the penalty.

Newcastle were playing some entertaining rugby and the scrummage was holding
up which was refreshing to see. However with seven minutes till half time, Mark
Wilson conceded a cheap penalty to award the hosts good field position.

After a series of drives, prop Aaron Jarvis bulldozed his way over for a try
in the corner. Olly Barkley struck the post with the resulting conversion and
the scores were 6-5 in favour of Newcastle.

The second half began in frantic fashion with the Falcons defending deep in
their own 22 as Bath exploded in to life. A stubborn Falcons resistance repelled
the West Country outfit.

On 50 minutes Andrew Van der Heijden was introduced for the first time in the
Falcons jersey along with Rob Vickers who replaced Matt Thompson at hooker.

Bath continued their charge up the field and despite a sturdy rearguard, they
were unable to prevent the award of a penalty which Barkley uncharacteristically
skewed wide.

Alan Tait’s men defended valiantly but Barkley’s penalty 10 minutes from time
edged Bath 8-6 in front. The Falcons’ field position was restricted considerably
in the second stanza and never had the opportunity to register points.

Tu’ipolotu attempted to break the line from his own quarter and his offload
to Gopperth was knocked on by the Kiwi to the frustration of the Kingston Park
outfit.

Barkley doubled his tally for the day with an assured penalty from 30 metres
out to give Bath an 11-6 victory.

Final Score Bath 11 Newcastle Falcons 6


Scorers


Bath
Tries: Jarvis
Cons:
Pens: Barkley (2)


Newcastle
Tries:
Cons:
Pens: Gopperth (2)


Att: 11,631


Teams


Bath: David Flatman , 2 Pieter Dixon , 3 Aaron Jarvis , 4 Ignacio Fernandez-Lobbe , 5 John van der Giessen , 6 Andy Beattie (captain) , 7 Josh Ovens , 8 Ben Skirving, 9 Mark McMillan , 10 Sam Vesty , 11 Tom Biggs , 12 Ben Williams , 13 Olly Barkley , 14 Jacques Boussuge , 15 Nick Abendanon


Replacements:16 Ted Stagg , 17 David Barnes , 18 Kane Palma Newport , 19 Danny Grewcock , 20 Luke Watson , 21 Michael Claassens , 22 Paul Roberts , 23 Nick Scott


Newcastle:1 Jon Golding , 2 Matt Thompson , 3 Euan Murray , 4 James Hudson (captain) , 5 Tim Swinson , 6 Mark Wilson , 7 Will Welch , 8 Ally Hogg,9 Micky Young , 10 Jimmy Gopperth , 11 Gcobani Bobo , 12 Tane Tu’ipulotu , 13 Luke Eves , 14 Luke Fielden , 15 Alex Tait


Replacements:16 Rob Vickers , 17 Grant Shiells , 18 James Hall , 19 Andrew Van der Heijden , 20 Ed Williamson , 21 Chris Pilgrim , 22 James Fitzpatrick , 23 Joel Hodgson


With thanks to Newcastle rugby.

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