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Exiles keep Falcons grounded
Sixth successive defeat for Newcastle
Newcastle continued their dismal run on Sunday, slumping to a sixth successive defeat at the hands of London Irish at Kingston Park.
A worrying neck injury to Jonny Wilkinson added to Newcastle's woes as they went down 13-8 to the visiting Exiles.
Wilkinson was able to resume after treatment but eventually had to leave the field with 12 minutes left on the clock.
The Exiles dominated possession throughout the first half but, despite repeated attacks on the Falcons defence, went into the break with only a Peter Hewat penalty and a 25th-minute try from Declan Danaher to their name.
Topsy Ojo went close early on with a solo effort and the winger would have scored but for a desperate, last ditch dive by Tom Dillon, who managed to clear the ball with his fingertips.
Wilkinson missed an opportunity to put Newcastle on the scorecard from 50 metres when Seilala Mapusua smothered the ball after Falcons lock Andy Perry was brought down on the halfway line.
But on 25 minutes the visitors broke, stretching the Newcastle defence to its limit as Irish spread the ball wide for Bob Casey to feed Danaher who crossed in the left corner.
A 43rd-minute penalty from Hewat atoned for his relatively straightforward miss just before half-time and further stretched his side's lead over Newcastle, who were yet to score a point.
Soon after Shane Geraghty made the Falcons pay for their inability to secure possession with a long pass to Richard Thorpe who put Danaher in at the corner for his second.
The hosts attempted to bolster a shaky looking pack with Carl Hayman and Matt Thompson and on 48 minutes Wilkinson managed to put his side on the score sheet with a penalty.
The England star was unable to make any further meaningful contribution before he had to leave the pitch.
A quick penalty take by Tom May, and a surging run and pass inside from John Rudd put Tim Visser over for Newcastle at the death.
But, while lending some, if not much, respectability to the result it was too little too late to make any impact on the eventual outcome.
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|Friday 13th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|19:45||Northampton vs London Irish|
|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|13:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
|14:00||Sale vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Saturday 28th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|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 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|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|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
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