Fly­ing Fal­cons see off Ir­ish comeback

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NEW­CAS­TLE Fal­cons’ in­cred­i­ble start to the season con­tin­ued with a 29-17 vic­tory over London Ir­ish at Kingston Park.

Dean Richards’ side are top again hav­ing al­ready recorded four vic­to­ries – only one fewer than they managed in the en­tire 2015-16 season, when they nar­rowly avoided the drop at the ex­pense of the Ex­iles.

Ir­ish managed to bounce straight back up from the Cham­pi­onship but look set for a long, hard bat­tle this season, with di­rec­tor of rugby Nick Kennedy al­ready hav­ing called for the Pre­mier­ship to scrap rel­e­ga­tion al­to­gether.

Last night they got the first points on the score­board – a penalty from full-back Tommy Bell after four min­utes – but were then blown away by the hosts who, with two tries from Vereniki Goneva and one from Juan Pablo So­cino, took a 24-3 lead by half-time.

However, Kennedy would have been de­lighted with the sec­ond-half fight­back from his play­ers who, de­spite con­ced­ing an­other try when Will Welch fin­ished off a li­ne­out drive to add a bonus point, scored two in quick suc­ces­sion to make it a nervy fi­nale for New­cas­tle. Back row Conor Gilse­nan fin­ished off a fine move un­der the posts be­fore Tom Fowlie touched down three min­utes later. Both scores were con­verted by Bell to bring Ir­ish within 12 points and they could have taken their own bonus point had Saia Fainga’a not had a try ruled out by the TMO for a for­ward pass.

James O’Con­nor scored on his Sale de­but and By­ron McGuigan grabbed a hat-trick as the Sharks thrashed Glouces­ter 57-10 at the AJ Bell Sta­dium.

Sara­cens had few dif­fi­cul­ties win­ning 25-3 at Worces­ter thanks to tries from Chris Wyles and Alex Goode.

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