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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 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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