Newcastle pick up away win against Worcester

Newcastle Falcons picked up their second Premiership victory of the season since returning to the top flight when they beat Worcester 11-16 at Sixways.

Newcastle extended Warriors’ Premiership losing streak to five games with a
narrow triumph.

The Falcons controlled the opening period and took a 13-3 lead into the interval
through Mike Blair’s try and two Rory Clegg penalties.

Worcester’s sole response in the first half came through the boot of Ignacio
Mieres before the fly-half added a second after the break.

David Lemi then crossed the whitewash to give the Warriors hope, but Phil Godman’s
late penalty sealed the victory for Newcastle.

This was a match between two of the teams expecting to be near the bottom of
the table come the end of the season.

Worcester, under the guidance of former Gloucester boss Dean Ryan, have endured
a torrid start to the campaign. They went into the game against Newcastle winless
in four and devoid of confidence, and Dean Richards’ men took advantage of their
uncertainty early on.

Clegg opened the scoring with a penalty for the visitors after a fine passage
of play before another excellent move ended in Blair touching down.

The Tyneside-based outfit continued their stranglehold on proceedings with
a second three-pointer from the fly-half.

However, the Warriors finally forced their way into the game and reduced the
arrears at half-time to 13-3 through the boot of Mieres.

Oliver Tomaszczyk was also spending time off the field after being yellow carded
just before the break.

Although the hosts failed to score while the prop was in the sin bin, they
did finally get another three points through the boot of their fly-half with
48 minutes gone.

The game then descended into a scrappy affair as the importance of the situation
became apparent, but it was Worcester who had the edge. And the deadlock was
finally broken when Lemi touched down in the corner.

However, the crucial conversion was missed and Godman’s late penalty secured
a vital win for Newcastle.

Final Score Worcester 11 (3) Newcastle 16 (13)

Scorers

Worcester
Tries – Lemi
Pen – Mieres 2
Con –
Drop –

Newcastle
Tries – Blair
Pen – Clegg 2, Godman
Con – Clegg
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee
: Martin Fox (95th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Andrew Pearce and Nigel Carrick
TMO: Geoff Warren.

Teams

Worcester Warriors

15 Chris Pennell , 14 Josh Drauniniu , 13 Ravai Fatiaki , 12 Josh Matavesi , 11 David Lemi , 10 Ignacio Mieres , 9 Paul Hodgson , 8 Semisi Taulava, 7 Jake Abbott , 6 Jonathan Thomas (C) , 5 Chris Jones , 4 Mike Williams , 3 Euan Murray , 2 Ed Shervington ,1 Jeremy Becasseau

Replacements: 16 Chris Brooker , 17 George Porter , 18 John Andress , 19 Dean Schofield , 20 Cam Goodhue , 21 Jeremy Su’a , 22 Paul Warwick , 23 Alex Grove

Newcastle Falcons

15 Alex Tait, 14 Noah Cato, 13 Adam Powell, 12 James Fitzpatrick, 11 Tom Catterick, 10 Rory Clegg, 9 Mike Blair, 1 Rob Vickers, 2 Matt Thompson, 3 Oliver Tomaszczyk, 4 Carlo del Fava, 5 Dom Barrow, 6 Mark Wilson, 7 Will Welch (c), 8 Ally Hogg

Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Franck Montanella, 18 Scott Wilson, 19 Sean Tomes, 20 Chris York, 21 Warren Fury, 22 Phil Godman, 23 Ryan Shortland.

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