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  • Penalty goals: Godman (4), Clegg,
  • Aviva Premiership
  • 13th Sep 2013
  • KO 20:00
  • Ground: Salford City Stadium
  • Att: 9,000

Aviva Premiership: Newcastle fight their way past Sale

Last updated: 14th September 2013   Subscribe to RSS Feed

NICK MACLEOD SALE

Nick Macledo: Sale fly-half missed some crucial kicks

PHIL GODMAN NEWCASTLE FALCONS

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Newcastle recorded their first victory since returning to the Aviva Premiership after eking out a 15-14 success over Sale at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The Falcons responded impressively to being overpowered 21-0 in torrential rain at home to Bath last week to shock the Sharks, who were surprise 22-16 winners at Gloucester last time out.

The visitors' points all came from penalties, four by former Scotland fly-half Phil Godman and the clincher from his replacement Rory Clegg.

Sale captain Dan Braid scored the game's only try 10 minutes before half-time but fly-half Nick Macleod, preferred again to Danny Cipriani, rued missing the conversion and two penalties.

Macleod failed to capitalise on early pressure when his right-sided penalty attempt came back off the left upright, but he made no mistake from the left of the sticks a few minutes later.

Penalties

Sale twice stole line-outs in the Newcastle half but could not take advantage. Indeed, the Falcons won two penalties down the right and from the second Godman levelled with a long-range kick.

But the Sharks responded positively and another Macleod penalty, from a similar position to that which hit the post, restored their lead at 6-3.

Sale attacked again and, after Newcastle flanker Dom Barrow was sin-binned, they kicked to the right corner and from the line-out opposite number Braid dived over to score.

The Falcons rallied quickly, Godman putting over a penalty from right in front as Barrow returned. A further foray into Sale territory saw Godman add three more from the left to make it 11-9 at half-time.

Newcastle picked up from where they left off and Godman's penalty from the right put them ahead for the first time, but Macleod responded in kind to put the home side in front again.

The Falcons were dominating at the scrum, which gave them a penalty just to the right of the posts with 13 minutes to go and Clegg made no mistake.

Sale then threw everything they had at Newcastle, but the visitors were up to the task.

Forthcoming Aviva Premiership Fixtures
TimeFixture
Aviva Premiership
Friday 27th February
Aviva Premiership
19:45Northampton vs Harlequins
Saturday 28th February
14:30London Welsh vs London Irish
15:00Saracens vs Newcastle Falcons
15:00Leicester Tigers vs Sale Sharks
15:15Exeter vs Bath
Sunday 1st March
13:00Wasps vs Gloucester
Friday 6th March
19:45Bath vs Sale
Saturday 7th March
15:00Exeter vs London Welsh
15:00Harlequins vs London Irish
15:15Gloucester vs Northampton
Sunday 8th March
14:00Wasps vs Saracens
15:00Newcastle vs Leicester
Friday 27th March
19:45Northampton vs Wasps
Saturday 28th March
15:00London Irish vs Newcastle
15:00Leicester vs Exeter
15:15Saracens vs Harlequins
Sunday 29th March
14:00Sale vs Gloucester
14:30London Welsh vs Bath
Friday 10th April
19:45Newcastle vs Bath
Saturday 11th April
15:00Harlequins vs Gloucester
15:15Saracens vs Leicester
Sunday 12th April
14:00Exeter vs Northampton
14:30London Welsh vs Wasps
15:00London Irish vs Sale
Saturday 25th April
14:00Sale vs Harlequins

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