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Newcastle Finally Win As Quins Extend Run
Falcons sting Wasps to end run of 11 straight defeats
Posted Oct 04, 2011 by Chris White
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Newcastle Falcons finally ended the disastrous run of defeats with a 15-10 with Jimmy Gopperth kicking all of the home side’s points, while Harlequins extended their unbeaten start to the new campaign with another fine display.
The Falcons beat Wasps at Kingston Park with Gopperth in fine form with his boot, scoring all five of his attempts at goal, but the win wasn’t enough to move them away from the bottom of the Premiership table. Christian Wade scored the only try of the match for the visitors, who have now lost three games in a row.
Harlequins and Sale contested a thriller at The Stoop, with the home side hanging on to clinch a 48-41 victory, after leading by 21 points at the break. Nick Evans was the star for Quins, converting all six tries scored by the home side – including one of his own, while Sale ran in six of their own. The Sharks came out after the break and produced a stunning fight back, but couldn’t reign in the home side, who showed just why they’re still unbeaten this season, grinding out the result that should have been a lot easier.
Last season’s champions Saracens defeated the early shock side Exeter 17-13 in the south west, with Owen Farrell and Charlie Hodgson sharing the points for the visitors. Both crossed the whitewash to score tries, while Hodgson converted both and Farrell added a penalty.
It’s now three home wins from three for Gloucester having beaten London Irish 33-30 at Kingsholm, taking the west country side above their visitors in the table. It was Irish who took the early lead in the game – after just 60 seconds in fact – when Alex Gray went over after picking off Tim Taylor’s loose pass. All went downhill from there though for Irish, with Tom Voyce, hooker Darren Dawidiuk and a penalty try sealing the victory.
Leicester Tigers had the chance to end their run of four successive games against Bath but Jeremy Staunton missed an injury time penalty, meaning the Tigers went down 26-25. Up to that point, Staunton had scored a try, conversion and six penalties, but couldn’t add the crucial seventh, giving Bath their first win against Leicester since November 2008. Tom Heathcote scored two penalties and Dave Attwood crossed for Bath just before the break, and then Matt Carraro touched down to condemn Tigers to their fifth straight defeat.