Newcastle Falcons earn away draw with Sale Sharks

Nili Latu of Newcastle Falcons is tackled by during Magnus Lund and Dan Braid

Newcastle Falcons came from behind to earn a 15-all Aviva Premiership draw against Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell stadium.

The result earns Newcastle Falcons their first points on the 2015/6 Aviva Premiership season and they almost didn’t get them as Danny Cipriani could have snatched the result with a last minute penalty but he missed.

Visitors Newcastle scored the only tries of the match through Rob Vickers and Will Welch one of which was converted and a penalty from Mike Delany.

All of Sale Sharks points came from Danny Cipriani’s boot as he kicked five penalties.

Cipriani and captain Dan Braid were recalled to the Sharks side for the match, while Newcastle handed a Premiership debut to Marcus Watson.

In wet conditions at the AJ Bell Stadium, Cipriani handed the hosts an early advantage with his first penalty goal of the afternoon. But the scores were level less than ten minutes later as Mike Delany responded in kind.

Cipriani edged Sale back in front with his second penalty goal of the afternoon on 23 minutes, but the Falcons hit the front shortly after with the game’s first try, which was awarded by the TMO to Rob Vickers, who crossed from short range.

Substitute Tom Catterick was wide with the conversion, which allowed Cipriani to put his side back in front with his third penalty goal of the afternoon.

It remained 9-8 until the closing stages of the afternoon, when Cipriani continued his fine form with the boot to put a four-point cushion between the sides.

The Sharks dominated the early exchanges following the restart and they were rewarded with another three points, again from the boot of Cipriani, which made it a seven-point game.

In increasingly wet conditions, the hosts were unable to add to the lead, and they saw a try ruled out by the TMO, before the Falcons managed to wrestle their way back into the contest.

Their equalising try came nine minutes from full-time, and was scored by Jon Welsh following a passage of good handling play from the line-out.

There was a dramatic finish, as consecutive penalties handed Cipriani the opportunity to win it for Sale, but he was unable to add to his tally with what was the last kick of the game, ensuring a tie.

Final Score Sale Sharks 15 (12) Newcastle Falcons 12 (8)


Sale Sharks
Tries –
Pen – Cipriani (5)
Con –
Drop –

Newcastle Falcons
Tries – Vickers, Welch
Pen – Delany
Con – Catterick
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee :Craig Maxwell-Keys (7th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Peter Allan and Robin Goodliffe
TMO: Trevor Fisher


Sale Sharks

15. Mike Haley, 14. Tom Arscott, 13. Sam James, 12. Sam Tuitupou, 11. Will Addison, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Chris Cusiter, 1. Ross Harrison, 2. Tommy Taylor, 3. Vadim Cobilas, 4. Bryn Evans, 5. Jonathan Mills, 6. Dan Braid (capt.), 7. Magnus Lund, 8. Josh Beaumont.

Replacements: 16. Cameron Neild, 17. Eifion Lewis Roberts, 18. Brian Mujati, 19. Andrei Ostrikov, 20. TJ Ioane, 21. Peter Stringer, 22. Joe Ford, 23. Mark Jennings

Newcastle Falcons

15 Alex Tait, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13 Adam Powell, 12 Juan Pablo Socino, 11 Marcus Watson, 10 Mike Delany, 9 Michael Young, 1 Rob Vickers, 2 George McGuigan, 3 Jon Welsh, 4 Calum Green, 5 Sean Robinson, 6 Mark Wilson, 7 Will Welch, 8 Nili Latu

Replacements : 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Alex Rogers, 18 Taione Vea, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Ally Hogg, 21 Ruki Tipuna, 22 Tom Catterick, 23 Chris Harris.

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