Flood kicks Falcons to fi rst victory
Three second- half penalties from Toby Flood proved crucial in earning Newcastle Falcons their fi rst win of the Premiership season against Worcester. Sonatane Takulua and Sinoti Sinoti sent the Falcons into an early lead before a penalty try and Duncan Weir levelled the scores at 14- 14 just after half- time. But Flood, the 33- year- old fl y- half who won 60 caps for England between 2006 and 2014, was on the money with three kicks at goal to give the visitors a 23- 20 win at Sixways Stadium. a phalanx of defenders for Bath’s second, before Cokanasiga showed off freakish fi nishing skills. After a smart intervention by Semesa Rokoduguni, he defi ed physics to touch down in the corner before Luke Wallace slammed him into touch. O n the stroke of half- time, he all but repeated the trick, even more outrageously riding the tackle of Aaron Smith, but his elbow landed in touch a split- second before he touched down.
No matter; he scored his second fi ve minutes after the break for the bonus point. Bath worked the ball impressively from their own 22, culminating in some wizardry from Burns to release Cokanasiga for a 30- 15 lead. Ten minutes later, Mercer cut inside to gallop home from 30 metres for a 37- 18 lead .
Quins left it until the last fi ve minutes to respond. Joe Marler crashed over for try number three, before more relentless hammering afforded Charlie Mulchrone a chink to dart through. That earned Quins two bonus points. They had time for more, but more would have represented daylight robbery.