It’s ‘robbery’ – but we’ll take it, says Falcons chief Richards
NEWCASTLE FALCONS director of rugby Dean Richards praised his players after their last-gasp “robbery” win at Northampton Saints in the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday.
Mark Wilson scored in the 86th minute to level the game at 14-14 with Toby Flood converting the winning points in front of the posts.
Falcons had struggled to get into the game after Cobus Reinach’s try double and two conversions from Dan Biggar left them trailing 14-6 with 10 minutes to play.
But Brett Connon’s lengthy penalty and England international Wilson’s heroics at the end gave Newcastle their third win of the Premiership season and their sixth straight victory over the Saints.
“It was probably a robbery if we’re honest,” admitted Rich- ards. “But we took our chance at the end and our work ethic was fantastic.
“We said during the week, providing we’re in with a shout with 10 minutes to go, we’ll stand every chance of winning.”
Mark McCall insists he is surprised at how far Saracens and Exeter Chiefs have been able to pull away from the rest of the league owing to the strength in depth in the competition.
His side defeated Wasps 29-6 at Allianz Park to record their 15th straight Premiership win and move to the top of the table, two points clear of the Chiefs and 14 ahead of third-placed Gloucester.
It took Sarries almost an hour to score a try against the visitors, who defended well but were ultimately undone by a Jamie George try and a careless mistake by Elliot Daly – who was intercepted by Nick Isiekwe.
And although it brought up a 15th straight league win, McCall insists it has not been as easy as it looks.
“I am surprised because of how good the other teams are. It is obviously very pleasing to have the number of points that we’ve got,” he said. “Wasps defended superbly in the first half and we didn’t quite get the ball we wanted in the final third.
Former England international Kyle Eastmond was sent off as Leicester crashed 41-10 at Bristol.
It was Leicester’s record loss to Bristol and their sixth successive defeat in all competitions.
England wing Joe Cokanasiga struck late to secure an unlikely 7-7 draw for Bath just when it seemed bottom club Sale would leave a rain-sodden Rec with a priceless victory yesterday.
Replacement fly-half James Wilson, signed up as injury cover only this week, converted to claim two points for Bath. Sale’s reward was to leapfrog Newcastle into 11th position in the table.