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Exiles overcome Falcons
Troubles worsen for Newcastle
London Irish secured a 24-8 victory over Newcastle Falcons, consigning the home side to a third consecutive defeat.
Newcastle had taken an early lead in the match, but tries from Richard Thorpe, Steffon Armitage and Declan Danaher saw off the Falcons' challenge.
The loss now leaves them just three points off the bottom of the Guinness Premiership with a record of five defeats in six matches.
The outlook had looked bright though as Brent Wilson began the scoring for the home side after just five minutes, exploiting a gap in the blindside to force his way over for the try.
However, the lead was short-lived. Within minutes Nick Kennedy had won a line-out ball ten metres from the Newcastle line and from there the London attack worked the play to Chris Hala'Ufia.
With the ball in his hands, the big Tongan powered to within yards of the posts before recycling to Thorpe, who burrowed through for the try.
Peter Hewat then added the extras to give the Exiles a two-point lead which he later stretched to five with a long-range penalty kick just before half-time.
But the game was looking scrappy and despite their lead, London Irish were not dominating play.
Newcastle cut the deficit back to two points in a dominant opening to the second half only to see any thoughts of a potential fightback soon quashed.
Exiles take control
London Irish were without three key players for the tie due to international commitments, but it was the brother of the missing England full-back Delon Armitage who would provide the decisive moment of the game.
Fatally, Newcastle saw their scrum overturned just eight metres out and, from the resulting move, replacement flanker Steffon Armitage stole in under the posts for Hewat to convert for 17-8.
Armitage was again involved ten minutes later, crashing through on the left to set up Seveali'i, whose raking pass picked out Declan Danaher for a try in the corner.
Hewat added the conversion to take the score to 24-8, but the Exiles couldn't manage to capture the bonus point in the final minutes - Shane Geraghty overthrowing as he looked to put in Seveali'i for an easy finish.
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale Sharks|
|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 Falcons vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
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