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Wasps climbed into the Aviva Premiership top six with a 17-12 victory over Newcastle at Kingston Park.
The Londoners had too much nous and efficiency in difficult windy conditions for the struggling Falcons and were never particularly troubled once Sam Jones gave them the lead with a try converted by Andy Goode.
The Wasps fly-half added a penalty to give the visitors a 10-0 lead at half-time and the four points were in the bag once Ashley Johnson was driven over by a rolling maul from a lineout penalty, with Goode again converting.
Noah Cato crossed for a score on the hour mark - Newcastle's first try in more than six hours of Premiership rugby - and William Welch's short-range try in added time earned the Falcons a losing bonus point.
The Falcons dominated possession early on and won a couple of penalties in quick succession, but opted to kick to touch on both occasions, with Wasps defending their attacks well to win a penalty of their own to relieve the pressure.
The home side failed to put their possession to good use and when Chris Pilgrim's kick was charged down by Joe Launchbury, Jones reacted first to pounce on the loose ball to score the opening try of the game, with Goode adding the extras to give the Wasps a 7-0 lead.
Wasps had a chance to extend their lead with a penalty in a good position, but Goode lost his footing and the kick fell wide of the posts.
The visitors, still trying to take a proper hold of the match, managed to extend the gap as Ally Hogg was adjudged to be off his feet, with Goode atoning for his earlier slip-up, converting a penalty from 10 metres out against a testing wind.
Newcastle were presented with what seemed to be, a straightforward opportunity to get some points on the board with a penalty, but Phil Godman's attempt was pulled wide and they remained 10 points behind at half time.
Following the trend of the first half, Wasps managed to repel Newcastle's attacks before Johnson drove over the line from a close-range maul, with Goode adding the extras.
The Falcons finally managed to get over the line after Alex Tait offloaded to Cato who arrived on the perfect line to score, before Godman's conversion attempt swirled away from the posts to leave them trailing by 12.
Newcastle continued to see plenty of the ball and piled on the late pressure. After 83 minutes and a James Haskell sin-binning, Welch dived over the line from two metres out to secure the bonus point, with Godman adding the extras.
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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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