May shines as Falcons tame Tigers

Newcastle boss Steve Bates hailed his team’s 14-10 win over Premiership leaders Leicester on Friday as their best performance of the season.


The victory was Newcastle’s seventh win in eight games and featured another impressive display from outside-half Tom May, making his name as a stand-off after being moved inside from the wing.

“The first-half in particular was our best performance of the season. I had said to the guys beforehand that we were going to have to be at our best tonight. We did a lot of things tonight that we didn’t do in defeat to Bath last week.”

Acting Leicester head coach Richard Cockerill had no complaints about the result, saying: “I think we got more out of the game than we deserved in the end.


“Our intensity did not match theirs most of the time and we were sloppy and turned the ball over. We were just a little bit disjointed tonight.

“It was the really basic things that let us down.

“We are very disappointed but we played nowhere near as well as we can, but credit to Newcastle, they deserved to win the game and there is no question about that.”

In the day’s other Premiership match, ex-England fly-half Charlie Hodgson proved that he remains a force at club level by inspiring Sale to a 23-16 win over play-off rivals Bath.

Hodgson scored a try and kicked three goals while controlling proceedings in open play.

“The attitude of the players was outstanding tonight and if we continue to show that level of commitment throughout the last three games we will get the results we are looking for,” said Sale coach Kingsley Jones.


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