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- Aviva Premiership
- 23rd Feb 2014
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Kingston Park
- Att: 4,846
Aviva Premiership: Leaders Northampton beat Newcastle 22-16 at Kingston Park
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Two first-half tries from full-back James Wilson set league leaders Northampton on the road to victory in their Aviva Premiership clash at struggling Newcastle.
Despite being shorn of their international stars, Saints still looked a different class as they dealt with the blustery wind and heavy Kingston Park pitch and ran out 22-16 winners.
Second-from-bottom Newcastle snatched a late losing bonus point with a Noah Cato try two minutes from time.
Wilson's double strike saw the Saints lead 19-6 at half-time, by which time Newcastle had hardly threatened.
The home side rarely had the ball and it came as a surprise that Northampton could only add a Stephen Myler penalty after the break, while conceding Cato's late try.
Northampton's opening try in the seventh minute came from a quick free kick by scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i, and Wilson cruised in at the corner for 5-0 with the Newcastle defence nowhere to be seen.
Rory Clegg cut the deficit to 5-3 with a 10th-minute penalty but most of the threat was coming from Northampton and nothing illustrated that better than Tom Stephenson's weaving 16th-minute run-in under the posts with the Falcons defence again flat-footed. Myler had an easy conversion for 12-3.
Clegg chipped away with another penalty after good work by prop Gary Strain over the ball at the tackle in the 20th minute.
However, when Mike Blair sent Cato down the right to force another penalty, Clegg was way off target with his kick.
Wilson's second try came from terrific passing under pressure from Fotuali'i and Myler, and George Pisi could have scored himself but handed it in on to Wilson.
Myler's conversion was heading wide until the wind blew it inside the post for 19-6.
Newcastle made a much better effort of the second half and spurned two kickable penalties to go for the line-out drive, but Northampton's defence proved as good as their attack and both drives fizzled out.
Newcastle were handed a penalty for offside and Clegg made it 19-9 in the 57th minute.
Myler restored the 13-point gap with a 62nd-minute penalty, awarded for not releasing, and with both sides running their benches in the second half it was not until the 78th minute there was any real action.
It still came as a surprise when Cato snapped up a loose pass and raced in for a try which Joel Hodgson converted for Newcastle to snatch their point.
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|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle Falcons 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester Tigers 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle Falcons 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle Falcons|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale Sharks 18 - 11 Exeter|
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