Newcastle Falcons smash strugglers London Welsh

Newcastle Falcons earned back to back Aviva Premiership victories when they beat strugglers London Welsh 3-23 at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford.

Newcastle ended a 20 match losing streak last week and have now achieved consecutive wins.

The victory at the Kassam Stadium in Newcastle’s first away win of the season.

The Falcons last away success came in October 2013, but Dean Richards’ men
put that unwanted record to bed. First-half tries from Adam Powell from Mark
Wilson put the visitors in control.

Falcons ended a 20-game losing streak in the Aviva Premiership with their 29-24
victory at home to Exeter last weekend and they picked up where they left off
against a poor Exiles’ side.

Juan Pablo Socino was in inspired form with ball in hand as the Falcons put
some daylight between themselves and London Welsh at the bottom of the table.

Newcastle failed to reach the same heights in their second-half performance
as in the first, yet they still managed to add a further try through Ruki Tipuna
to wrap up the game.

Newcastle went ahead after only two minutes after diminutive fly-half Socino
scoring an early penalty for the visitors. The Exiles forced their way back
on to level terms on five minutes thanks to a penalty from Olly Barkley, and
the hosts were playing with real confidence.

For all of their passion and enthusiasm in defence though, London Welsh, who
have conceded at least 40 points in each of their last three Premiership fixtures,
seemed to not have the necessary nous to break down their opponents, whereas
Newcastle’s first attack of any note lead to Powell scoring his side’s opening
try of the game – but Socino missed the resulting kick at goal.

There was a suggestion of a knock-on by Dom Barrow in the build-up to the try
but referee Wayne Barnes saw no reason to disallow the score.

Sinoti Sinoti thought he was going to score Newcastle’s second try of the first-half
just minutes later as he chased through a Socino kick but Nathan Morris got
back to save a struggling London Welsh.

Barrow was at the forefront of Newcastle’s next score on 29 minutes; his drive
caused London Welsh indiscipline at the breakdown and from the resulting penalty
Socino converted an easy penalty in front of the posts.

The Exiles got lucky just after the half-hour mark as number eight Chris Hala’ufia
was lucky to avoid a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Newcastle prop Scott
Wilson – it prompted an altercation between the two sides.

They also avoided further punishment on the scoreboard as Newcastle pivot Socino
missed the resulting penalty, watching on as his kick needlessly struck the

On the stroke of half-time Newcastle scored a superb team drive; after going
through multiple phases and driving the ball down the left, the ball was switched
to the opposite side for Mark Wilson to score – replacement Rory Clegg missed
the ensuing conversion to leave the score 16-3 at the break.

London Welsh increased the tempo after the break and were unfortunate not to
score a try of their own in the opening minutes as second-row Matt Corker failed
to get the ball down over the line.

Newcastle all but made the game safe on 51 minutes as they scored their third
try of the afternoon to make the score 23-3;

Scrum-half Tipuna collected the ball on the shoulder of Wilson to score almost
unopposed – Clegg added the extras off the kicking tee.

London Welsh dominated territory and possession for much of the remainder of
the second-half; going through phase after phase but the Newcastle Falcons’
defence held firm.

After a series of penalties in the Newcastle 22; Falcons flanker Wilson was
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