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Aviva Premiership: London Wasps too strong for Newcastle Falcons
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Wasps climbed into the Aviva Premiership top six with a 17-12 victory over Newcastle at Kingston Park.
The Londoners had too much nous and efficiency in difficult windy conditions for the struggling Falcons and were never particularly troubled once Sam Jones gave them the lead with a try converted by Andy Goode.
The Wasps fly-half added a penalty to give the visitors a 10-0 lead at half-time and the four points were in the bag once Ashley Johnson was driven over by a rolling maul from a lineout penalty, with Goode again converting.
Noah Cato crossed for a score on the hour mark - Newcastle's first try in more than six hours of Premiership rugby - and William Welch's short-range try in added time earned the Falcons a losing bonus point.
The Falcons dominated possession early on and won a couple of penalties in quick succession, but opted to kick to touch on both occasions, with Wasps defending their attacks well to win a penalty of their own to relieve the pressure.
The home side failed to put their possession to good use and when Chris Pilgrim's kick was charged down by Joe Launchbury, Jones reacted first to pounce on the loose ball to score the opening try of the game, with Goode adding the extras to give the Wasps a 7-0 lead.
Wasps had a chance to extend their lead with a penalty in a good position, but Goode lost his footing and the kick fell wide of the posts.
The visitors, still trying to take a proper hold of the match, managed to extend the gap as Ally Hogg was adjudged to be off his feet, with Goode atoning for his earlier slip-up, converting a penalty from 10 metres out against a testing wind.
Newcastle were presented with what seemed to be, a straightforward opportunity to get some points on the board with a penalty, but Phil Godman's attempt was pulled wide and they remained 10 points behind at half time.
Following the trend of the first half, Wasps managed to repel Newcastle's attacks before Johnson drove over the line from a close-range maul, with Goode adding the extras.
The Falcons finally managed to get over the line after Alex Tait offloaded to Cato who arrived on the perfect line to score, before Godman's conversion attempt swirled away from the posts to leave them trailing by 12.
Newcastle continued to see plenty of the ball and piled on the late pressure. After 83 minutes and a James Haskell sin-binning, Welch dived over the line from two metres out to secure the bonus point, with Godman adding the extras.
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|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Bath vs Exeter|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Wasps|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Northampton|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 4th January|
|14:00||Wasps vs Sale|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 24 - 31 Northampton|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|London Irish 23 - 33 Bath|
|Exeter 31 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 21st November|
|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 16th November|
|Wasps 71 - 7 London Welsh|
|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
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