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Newcastle Falcons snatch late win

  • 24 Sep 2017
The Newcastle Falcons celebrate The Newcastle Falcons celebrate

Newcastle edged Bath 33-32 in a thrilling contest, while there were also wins for Leicester, Saracens, Gloucester, Northampton and Exeter in the English Premiership.

Three tries, including one from their South African-born debutant wing DTH van der Merwe, saw the Falcons open up a 19-0 lead. But Bath clawed their way back into the contest, and took the lead, with 32 answered points, via four tries, of which three were converted, and two successful penalty kicks.

However, Newcastle scored a converted try to narrow the gap to 32-26. With Bath trying to close the game out, the visitors launched one last attack and Mark Wilson crashed over to make it a one-point game. Replacement kicker Joel Hodgson then held his nerve to slot the match-winning conversion.

In other results, Harlequins and Leicester looked set for a 28-28 draw, but flyhalf George Ford slotted a late penalty to snatch a 31-28 win for the Tigers.

Bok prop Vincent Koch scored one of five tries as Saracens beat the Sale Sharks 41-13, coach Johan Ackermann’s Gloucester returned to winning ways with a 24-19 victory against Gary Gold’s Worcester Warriors, the Northampton Saints defeated London Irish 40-25 and reigning champions, the Exeter Chiefs, beat Wasps 31-17 at Sandy Park.

Round 4 results:

Bath 32 Newcastle Falcons 33
Harlequins 28 Leicester Tigers 31
Saracens 41 Sale Sharks 13
Gloucester 24 Worcester Warriors 19
London Irish 25 Northampton Saints 40
Exeter Chiefs 31 Wasps 17


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