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Newcastle Falcons A 41-15 Wanderers: Two late Falcons tries see to Wandies

Wanderers headed to Kingston Park looking to maintain their clean sheet in the Premiership Rugby Shield this season, but despite dominating possession in the second half, the young side fell to their hosts Newcastle Falcons A.

Two early efforts from Falcons put the home side on the front foot but Wanderers hit back through Reece Marshall and a driving maul to keep themselves in it at the break. 

And an intercept from Jack Spittle on the return closed the gap further before the Wanderers piled on the pressure and eventually it paid off in the form of another driving maul and another score for Marshall at the base.

But after emptying some experience from the bench, Falcons regained their grasp on the game and ultimately the win, scoring two late efforts through Kyle Cooper and Nemani Negusa.

Falcons started strongly, earning a string of penalties that got the side into the corner before the attacking intent continued. A driving maul got the home side close before another got them over the line, Connor Collett the man over the line with the ball before Brett Connon added the extras. 

And the home side did not let up in attack, getting themselves back within inches and forcing errors from their guests to allow Arscott the chance to get close. The fullback got himself within five metres before his forwards stepped in to help him over the last few yards for the score.

Another conversion from Connon gave the home side 14 points in as many minutes before a penalty from the fly half extended their lead further.

Wanderers put together a good period of pressure though and a crucial turnover from the skipper Tom Wood got Wanderers into the corner. A man to the good – as Newcastle’s Will Montgomery was sent to the sinbin moments earlier – Wanderers made the most of their experience in the pack and sent the maul over the line, Marshall at the base for the score. 

And Wanderers were straight back on it after the break; guest player Spittle plucking an intercept from the air before racing in to finish the job from 30 metres out.

Another string of penalties into the corner saw Wanderers within metres of the line again around the hour mark and it was not long before another driving maul was heading over, with Marshall at the base again. 

But the home side weren’t done with the game and a melee of senior substitutions got them back on the attack and into Wanderers’ 22. A strong drive in the scrum left a gap for Micky Young to snipe over just right of the posts, with Connon adding the simple extras. 

To their credit Wanderers kept fighting but the home side had the momentum now. And Falcons made the most of their extra man with the final minutes – as Morgan Dayes was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle – sending Kyle Cooper over before adding a fifth through Nagusa, as the replacement back row found the base of the post with the last play of the game.

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