Ashton hatrick seals Newcastle win for Saints

Northampton Saints cruised to a 8-28 victory over Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park in the Guinness Premiership on Friday night.


Winger Chris Ashton scored a hat trick of tries.

Saints took the lead after seven minutes as wing Ashton scored the opening try, but Shane Geraghty failed to add the extras.

Newcastle fly-half Jimmy Gopperth reduced the gap to two points with his first penalty, before Geraghty negated it two minutes later.

Shortly before the break Tom Biggs leveled the scores with the Falcons’ opening try as the teams left the field at 8-8.

Seven minutes into the second half Ashton bagged his second try of the night, which Geraghty converted on this occasion to give Northampton the lead.

Geraghty extended Saints’ lead to 10 points on the hour-mark while Falcons were reduced to 14 men after Micky Young’s sin-binning.

The result was put beyond doubt in the 79th minute as Ashton completed a superb hat-trick of tries to secure the comprehensive win.

Final Score is Newcastle 8 (8) Northampton 28 (8)


Tries – Biggs
Pen – Gopperth
Con –
Drop –

Tries – Ashton 3
Pen – Geraghty 3
Con – Geraghty 3
Drop –




Newcastle Falcons: 15. Charlie Amesbury 14. Danny Williams 13. Rob Vickerman 12. Tane Tu’ipulotu 11. Tom Biggs 10. Jimmy Gopperth 9. Micky Young 1. Jon Golding 2. Rob Vickers 3. Carl Hayman 4. James Hudson 5. Mark Sorenson 6. Tim Swinson 7. Will Welch 8. Adam Balding


Replacements: 16. Matt Thompson 17. Micky Ward 18. Laurence Ovens 19. Josh Afu 20. Ed Williamson 21. Hall Charlton 22. Rob Miller 23. Gcobani Bobo


Northampton Saints: 15. Ben Foden 14. Chris Ashton 13. Jon Clarke 12. James Downey 11. Joe Ansbro 10. Shane Geraghty 9. Lee Dickson 1. Soane Tonga’uiha 2. Dylan Hartley 3. Santiago Gonzalez Bonorino 4. Courtney Lawes 5. Juandre Kruger 6. Phil Dowson 7. Neil Best 8. Roger Wilson


Replacements: 16. Brett Sharman 17. Regardt Dreyer 18. Euan Murray 19. Christian Day 20. Scott Gray 21. Alan Dickens 22. Stephen Myler 23. Chris Mayor






















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