Nine-try Falcons have Cardiff singing Blues
NEWCASTLE Falcons demolished an overwhelmed Cardiff Blues side to maintain their perfect start in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
Just a week after running in eight tries at Wasps, the hosts ran in nine at Kingston Park for another bonuspoint victory.
First-half tries from Michael Young, Sinoti Sinoti and Mark Wilson were supplemented by a penalty try as the Falcons powered to a 24-0 lead.
The rout continued after the break with Adam Radwan, Sinoti, Alex Tait and Joel Hodgson all touching down for Newcastle.
After last week’s wild 53-41 win at Wasps last week, the Falcons made 10 changes for the 5pm start.
And after an impeccably observed two minutes’ silence, it was actually the visitors who made the greater impact in the opening minutes.
Some indecisive play from the hosts gifted Cardiff a chance to open the scoring, only for Ben Jones to skew his kick left.
Despite the visitors losing centre Harri Millard just five minutes later, the Welsh outfit continued to control possession and looked the more threatening.
But a further stoppage to deal with yet another injury seemed to curb Cardiff’s momentum, with the Falcons started to play more purposefully.
And the hosts were rewarded with their first try after 21 minutes thanks to a wonderful set-piece move.
After catching the visitors out with a quick lineout, Joel Hodgson was able to slip through, laying the ball off to Young, who darted over for the score.
That proved to be his last action of the game, going off with injury as Sam Stuart came on in his place.
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Newcastle Falcons’ Michael Young runs clear to score the opening try of their Anglo-Welsh Cup match against Cardiff Blues at Kingston Park