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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 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|
|Saturday 4th October|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Welsh|
|15:00||London Irish vs Northampton|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Leicester|
|Sunday 5th October|
|14:00||Sale vs Wasps|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|Friday 10th October|
|19:45||Leicester vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 11th October|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Saracens vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Irish|
|15:15||Northampton vs Sale|
|Sunday 12th October|
|14:00||Wasps vs Bath|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
|Wasps 20 - 16 Northampton|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Exeter 20 - 24 Leicester|
|Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale Sharks|
|Bath 53 - 26 London Welsh|
|Friday 12th September|
|Harlequins 0 - 39 Saracens|
|Sunday 7th September|
|London Welsh 0 - 52 Exeter|
|Saturday 6th September|
|London Irish 15 - 20 Harlequins|
|Leicester 36 - 17 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 29 Bath|
|Saracens 34 - 28 Wasps|
|Friday 5th September|
|Northampton 53 - 6 Gloucester|
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