Exeter secure Newcastle away Premiership win

Exeter Chiefs secured an important away Aviva Premiership 10-16 victory over Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park on Saturday.

Tim Swinson scored a late try in the match which Jimmy Gopperth converted to earn the Falcons a losing bonus point which is their first point in three matches.

The loss will hurt Newcastle even more as it comes when bottom relegation rivals Worcester Warriors beat Gloucester and moved three victories ahead on the table.

Home side Newcastle went into this game rooted at the foot of the Aviva Premiership,
and in desperate need of a third win of the season.

Exeter had other ideas however, as they came out all guns blazing early on.

The visitors had an early penalty miss from Ignacio Mieres, but were putting
considerable pressure on the home rearguard, and indeed had the first try of
the game when scrum half Haydn Thomas dived over to give the away side the lead.

Mieres added the conversion, Exeter were looking the better side.

Newcastle needed to find something from somewhere to get back in the match,
but just couldn’t break through the Exeter defence before the break, and were
to fall further behind before the interval when Mieres atoned for his earlier
penalty miss, his placed kick leaving the score 10-0 at half time.

The hosts finally got off the mark early in the second period through a Jimmy
Gopperth penalty to give them a lifeline, but Mieres responded immediately with
a penalty for Exeter.

Gopperth had two penalty chances soon after to put Newcastle back in contention
with half hour to play, but spurned both opportunities, the hosts now looked
in trouble.

Mieres added what looked like the confirmation drop goal with five minutes remaining
for the visitors, but Newcastle made it an edgy last few minutes for Exeter
when Tim Swinson dived over with two minutes to play, Gopperth adding the conversion.

However, it was too little too late for Newcastle, who see the gap between them
and the rest ever-growing with this latest defeat.

Final Score Newcastle 10 (0) Exeter 16 (10)


Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Swinson
Penalties: Gopperth
Conversions: Gopperth

Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Thomas
Penalties: Mieres 2
Drop-goals: Mieres
Conversions: Mieres

Attendance : 3,045

Referee: Andrew Small (64th Premiership game)


Newcastle: 15 Greg Goosen, 14 Luke Fielden, 13 Suka Hufanga, 12 James Fitzpatrick, 11 Jeremy Manning, 10 Jimmy Gopperth (c), 9 Jordi Pasqualin, 1 Grant Shiells, 2 Rob Vickers, 3 Euan Murray, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 5 Tim Swinson, 6 Taiasina Tu’ifua, 7 Will Welch, 8 Richard Mayhew

Replacements: 16 Michael Mayhew, 17 Ashley Wells, 18 James Hall, 19 Mark Wilson, 20 Ally Hogg, 21 Chris Pilgrim, 22 Tom Catterick, 23 Corne Uys

Exeter Chiefs

15 Luke Arscott , 14 Gonzalo Camacho , 13 Nic Sestaret , 12 Jason Shoemark , 11 Matt Jess , 10 Ignacio Mieres , 9 Haydn Thomas , 1 Brett Sturgess , 2 Neil Clark , 3 Hoani Tui , 4 Tom Hayes (capt) , 5 Aly Muldowney , 6 Tom Johnson , 7 James Scaysbrook , 8 Richard Baxter

16 Simon Alcott , 17 John Andress , 18 Craig Mitchell , 19 Chris Bentley , 20 James Phillips , 21 Kevin Barrett , 22 Gareth Steenson , 23 Josh Tatupu

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