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Newcastle Falcons came from behind to beat London Irish 14-11 in the Aviva Premiership at Kingston Park on Sunday.
Adam Powell's second-half try swung the game in Newcastle's favour after Ofisa Treviranus' early score gave Irish an early lead in the North East.
Rory Clegg slotted home two penalties for the Falcons while Ian Humphreys matched the feat for the visitors, but his failed conversion proved the difference.
Clegg had a less than perfect start, though, as he booted the ball straight out from the kick-off with Irish taking the chance to make their first venture into Newcastle territory from the resulting scrum.
However, despite a couple of half breaks, most notably by full-back Topsy Ojo down the left flank, a knock-on ended the attack and allowed the Falcons to clear comfortably.
Sailosi Tagicakibau worked his way up the left wing for the second time in two minutes as Irish showed some early flair, but it was Newcastle who came the closest to scoring when Clegg just missed his first penalty attempt as the Exiles were penalised at the lineout.
However, the left-hand side of the field provided points for the visitors in the next passage of play when the ball was worked to flanker Treviranus for a try, which fly-half Ian Humphreys failed to convert.
Clegg did not miss with his next chance on goal in the 17th minute from a similar position to the first, though, when Irish's discipline let them down and they were penalised for a high shot.
The game settled down but Irish avoided being reduced to 14 men when number eight Chris Hala'ufia escaped a yellow card for a late hit on Falcons centre Powell.
Newcastle did earn another shot on goal from the incident, which Clegg duly converted to give them the lead for the first time in the game.
Handling errors seemed to be the order of the day, though, with another Irish attack going begging due to poor handling, as the tempo of the game slowed to a crawl.
With silky back play failing to deliver the goods, the visitors turned to a rolling maul, again down their favourite left wing, and they muscled the ball over the line but it was held up.
However, Irish did win a penalty for offside for an infringement in the build-up, which former Leicester and Ulster fly-half Humphreys slotted from in front of the post to claim a 8-6 half-time lead.
The second half began with another display of poor handling from both sides, and after Humphreys missed an early penalty for Irish, Clegg matched him with a miss at the other end.
Both sides then decided to take the aerial option, with a fruitless spell of kicking following which was only ended when the Exiles fly-half found his range after a lineout infringement to extend the visitors' lead.
Newcastle finally clicked into gear with a sustained attack which camped out on the Irish line. Their forwards were unable to burrow their way over, though, and instead the ball was shipped out to Powell, who had acres of space and no defence to beat as he raced over for a try, with substitute Phil Godman adding the extras.
Humphreys then missed another penalty chance to edge the visitors back in front and some solid Newcastle defence kept Irish at bay, as they turned down a kickable penalty for a drive to concede a turnover.
The Falcons then held on to take the win as Irish replacement fly-half Shane Geraghty missed a last-gasp penalty.
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|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:00||Bath vs Exeter|
|14:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|16:30||Harlequins vs Northampton|
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:30||Gloucester vs Wasps|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:45||Northampton vs Newcastle Falcons|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|16:30||Exeter vs Gloucester|
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|14:00||Wasps vs Sale|
|14:00||Leicester Tigers vs Bath|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Harlequins|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Saracens|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|15:00||Bath vs Wasps|
|15:15||Harlequins vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Newcastle Falcons vs London Welsh|
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|Saturday 14th February|
|15:00||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Irish|
|15:00||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|15:00||Saracens vs Bath|
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|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle Falcons|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale Sharks 18 - 11 Exeter|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Newcastle Falcons 13 - 18 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 14 - 43 Northampton|
|London Irish 9 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Exeter 27 - 19 Saracens|
|Leicester Tigers 18 - 16 Wasps|
|Friday 28th November|
|Bath 25 - 6 Harlequins|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 24 - 31 Northampton|
|Saturday 22nd November|
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|Exeter 31 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 21st November|
|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 16th November|
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|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
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