Nine-try Fal­cons have Cardiff singing Blues

Sunday Sun - - Rugby - Sean Dou­glass

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.

The Fal­cons have scored in flur­ries

IAN MACNICOL

New­cas­tle Fal­cons’ Michael Young runs clear to score the open­ing try of their Anglo-Welsh Cup match against Cardiff Blues at Kingston Park

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