Bath ease to victory over Newcastle Falcons

Bath secured a comfortable 24-6 Aviva Premiership victory over northern rivals Newcastle Falcons at The Recreation Ground on Saturday.

Bath headed into the match in fine form, having won their last four matches
in all competitions, while Newcastle were seeking to build momentum following
last week’s win over Newport-Gwent Dragons.

The game was played in tough conditions meaning try-scoring opportunities were
difficult to create, and there was little between the sides for the majority
of the first half.

George Ford opened the scoring midway through the first period with a penalty
goal, after he’d missed an earlier opportunity.

Five minutes from half-time Phil Godman levelled the scores for the Falcons,
after the visitors had initially gained ground with a penalty from the scrum.

Godman then put Newcastle in front early in the second half after Bath were
penalised for holding on in the tackle.

The score gave the visitors a narrow lead, but the concession sprung the hosts
into action and they quickly gained a stranglehold on the contest.

Horacio Agulla scored a converted try after Ford’s footwork had carved open
an opportunity, and then Nathan Catt laid the platform for Leroy Houston to
dive over.

That made it 17-6 with time ticking away for the visitors, and they were unable
to narrow the gap in the minutes that followed.

Francois Louw added the exclamation mark in the final minute with Bath’s third
try of the afternoon, which was converted by Ford with the last kick of the
game.

Final Score Bath 24 (3) Newcastle 6 (3)

Scorers

Bath
Tries – Agulla, Houston, Louw
Pen -Ford
Con – Ford (3)
Drop –

Newcastle
Tries –
Pen – Goodman (2)
Con –
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee:
Tim Wigglesworth (76th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix and Roy Maybank.
TMO: David Grashoff.

Teams

Bath

15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Ollie Devoto, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 George Ford, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Dominic Day, 4 Stuart Hooper (c), 3 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Nathan Catt

Replacements: 16 Ross Batty, 17 Anthony Perenise, 18 Kane Palma-Newport, 19 Alafoti Fa’osiliva, 20 Leroy Houston, 21 Micky Young, 22 Gavin Henson, 23 Horacio Agulla

Newcastle

15 Alex Tait, 14 Noah Cato, 13 Gonzalo Tiesi, 12 Jamie Helleur, 11 Sinoti Sinoti, 10 Phil Godman, 9 Warren Fury, 8 Mark Wilson, 7 Andy Saull, 6 Will Welch (c), 5 Fraser McKenzie, 4 Scott MacLeod, 3 Oliver Tomaszczyk, 2 Matt Thompson, 1 Rob Vickers

Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Franck Montanella, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Sean Tomes, 20 Ally Hogg, 21 Chris Pilgrim, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Adam Powell

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