Flood of kicks lands Fal­cons’ first vic­tory

Sunday Sun - - Rugby -

THE boot of for­mer Eng­land fly-half Toby Flood steered New­cas­tle to a first Gal­lagher Pre­mier­ship vic­tory of the season.

Last year’s play-off semi-fi­nal­ists held on to beat bat­tling Worces­ter 23-20 at Sixways.

Flood kicked three sec­ond-half penal­ties to add to first-half con­ver­sions of tries from scrum-half Sonatane Taku­lua and wing Sinoti Sinoti.

But the Fal­cons let Worces­ter off the hook as Scot­tish fly-half Dun­can Weir scored a try, con­ver­sion and penalty, with full-back Chris Pen­nell land­ing a long penalty – while the hosts were also awarded a penalty try.

New­cas­tle had Worces­ter in trouble af­ter just 11 min­utes as the War­riors fell asleep in mid­field and al­lowed the vis­i­tors two try-scor­ing chances.

Loose­head prop Sami Mavinga stepped past a tackle on half­way af­ter six min­utes to show a blis­ter­ing turn of pace and set up Taku­lua with an in­side pass for a straight run to the line.

And, af­ter Worces­ter threat­ened, New­cas­tle hit them again when a beau­ti­fully timed in­side pass from for­mer Eng­land fly-half Flood put Sinoti fly­ing into open space and away down the mid­dle.

Flood con­verted both tries and it looked like be­ing an easy af­ter­noon for the Fal­cons as they led 14-0.

How­ever, Worces­ter fought back as the Fal­cons went into the break with 13 men on the pitch and lead­ing by just four points.

It would need a con­fi­dence boost to get Worces­ter back in the

Toby Flood kicked Fal­cons to vic­tory

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