The rain in Spain will miss Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson is to be given another week to recover from injury after he sat out Newcastle’s 29-24 EDF Energy Cup win against Newport.


An ankle problem kept the Falcons fly-half out of the Kingston Park clash on Saturday night. The injury also makes him extremely doubtful for next weekend’s European Challenge Cup game in Spain when Newcastle take on Centransa El Salvador.


Falcons director of rugby John Fletcher said: “Next week is probably a week to soon for Jonny.


“His ankle is responding to treatment and while he will be on the plane to Spain, we probably won’t risk him.


“However, we do expect Jamie Noon, Phil Dowson and Ben Woods to be in the mix and we expect Toby Flood to have recovered from the back spasm which is why we took him off in the second half tonight.


“He could have played on but it would have been fair to him to keep him on the field when he was struggling.”


Newcastle held on for a 29-24 win side after leading 17-0 and Fletcher added: “We made some good chances but our execution was poor and you really should kill games off like that when you are leading 17-0 and they have two men in the sin bin.


“But you have to give Newport some credit – they would not give up and they are a good side with a huge amount of spirit.”


Newport battled back to 29-24 and came close to scoring in the dying seconds but they did not help themselves when forwards Joe Bearman and Andrew Hall were both shown the yellow card in the first half, both times for preventing release.


But they did score four tries – as did Newcastle – to pick up two bonus points, the second one for losing by less than seven points.


“You have to say we left too much on the table in the first half and got punished for it,” said Newport head coach Paul Turner.


“We got back into a winning position but made too many errors.


“We did prove today we can play a bit, but you cannot give a quality player like Toby Flood that sort of room and we had two guys in the sin bin and you can’t do that.


“It’s tough, the game was right in the balance and I’m disappointed – we will have to look at the video regarding the yellow cards before making any comment.


“We made mistakes and that puts us on the back foot and I was furious at half-time, but it’s very difficult being a referee.


“We’re pleased we did contribute to very good game and I’m sure the crowd enjoyed it.


“There were a lot of good things about tonight but you cannot afford to make those sort of errors against a side like Newcastle.”

 

365 Digital

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