Newcastle qualify for Anglo Welsh LV Cup semi

Newcastle Falcons became the third team to qualify for the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup Semi-finals when they beat Exeter Chiefs at Kingston Park.

Both sides made plenty of mistakes in a stop-start match played in miserable
conditions, and much of the play was confined to midfield until the closing
10 minutes when tries from Alex Tait and Luke Eves swung the contest in the
Falcons’ favour.

Superb interplay between Jeremy Manning, Jimmy Gopperth and Luke Fielden nearly
led to an early try but Fielden was hauled down five metres short. When the
Newcastle pack drove over, referee Chris White decided the ball had been held

That was the best moment of a dour first half, with the only score of the opening
40 minutes going the visitors when Gareth Steenson kicked a penalty to give
them a barely deserved 3-0 lead.

After the disappointment of the opening stanza, hopes of an improvement looked
slim at the start of the second, with neither side capable of stamping their
authority on proceedings.

With numerous stoppages for injuries and substitutions disrupting the flow,
it took until the final 10 minutes of the contest for any kind of fluency to
enter the play.

Exeter carved out a few chances to extend their lead with a series of drives
but they could not find a way through some determined Falcons tackling.

With 70 minutes of the contest gone the Falcons finally got on the scoresheet,
Gopperth kicking a penalty from the touchline to level the score at 3-3.

The score appeared to rejuvenate Newcastle and with four minutes remaining,
Gcobani Bobo’s sudden injection of pace had Exeter on the retreat. Two big drives
later and the visitors’ back line finally succumbed, with Tait surging through
to cross for a try which Gopperth converted to make it 10-3.

The match was settled in the final minute, Newcastle breaking clear of the
jaded visitors and Eves had an easy task to finished off a flowing 60-metre
move to set the seal on the win.

Newcastle Falcons 17 (3) Exeter (03)


Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Tait, Eves
Penalties: Gopperth
Conversions: Gopperth 2

Exeter Chiefs
Penalties: Steenson


Newcastle Falcons:15 Jeremy Manning , 14 Luke Fielden , 13 Tane Tu’ipulotu , 12 James Fitzpatrick , 11 Alex Tait , 10 Jimmy Gopperth , 9 Micky Young , 1 Jon Golding , 2 Matt Thompson , 3 James Hall , 4 James Hudson , 5 Andrew Van der Heijden , 6 Tim Swinson , 7 Will Welch , 8 Ally Hogg

16 Rob Vickers , 17 Kieran Brookes , 18 Grant Shiells , 19 Glen Townson , 20 Mark Wilson , 21 Hall Charlton , 22 Luke Eves , 23 Gcobani Bobo

Exeter Chiefs : 15 Paul McKenzie , 14 Nemani Nadolo , 13 Nic Sestaret , 12 Bryan Rennie , 11 Andrew Higgins , 10 Gareth Steenson (capt) , 9 Junior Poluleuligaga , 1 Brett Sturgess , 2 Chris Whitehead , 3 Chris Budgen , 4 Chad Slade , 5 Dave Gannon , 6 Dave Ewers , 7 Andy Miller , 8 James Phillips

16 Jon Vickers , 17 Ruaidhri Murphy , 18 Ignacio Elosu , 19 Eoghan Grace , 20 Herbie Stupple , 21 Garrick Cowley , 22 Ignacio Mieres , 23 Josh Matavesi


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