Sat 12 Nov 2022 | 09:49

Discarded England star shine for the Falcons

Discarded England star shine for the Falcons
Sat 12 Nov 2022 | 09:49
Discarded England star shine for the Falcons

SATURDAY WRAP: Newcastle turned the form-book on its head with a thrilling 27-21 victory in a remarkable game at Gloucester.


Bottom of the table beforehand, the Falcons built up a 24-0 lead within the first 35 minutes but a listless Gloucester rose from their slumbers to dominate a second half which saw four Newcastle players sin-binned.

Adam Radwan, George McGuigan and Callum Chick scored their tries. Brett Connon converted all three and added two penalties.
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Tom Seabrook and Cam Jordan scored Gloucester’s tries, both converted by George Barton, in addition to a penalty try award.

Newcastle took an early lead thanks to a brilliant individual try from Radwan. The twice-capped England wing received the ball on halfway, close to the left touchline, before running around two defenders and then out-pacing the cover defence to score in the right-hand corner.

Shortly afterwards, Falcons shocked the hosts by scoring again. Captain Michael Young broke away from a line-out on halfway and when the ball was recycled, Chick was on hand to crash over with a second conversion from Connon giving Newcastle a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Gloucester continued to be largely lifeless with their game littered by uncustomary handling errors and they even bungled their forte, a driving line-out 10 metres from the opposition line – so it came as no surprise when Newcastle extended their lead with a straightforward penalty from Connon.


The home side’s miserable half continued when McGuigan finished off a driving line-out but with two minutes of the half remaining, Gloucester responded with a try from Seabrook after the wing had bumped off a weak tackle from Nathan Earle.

Gloucester trailed 24-7 at half-time with front-rowers, Jack Singleton and Ciaran Knight, introduced in an attempt to reverse their fortunes.

However, the first 15 minutes of the second half remained scoreless until McGuigan and Sean Robinson were yellow-carded in quick succession for collapsing driving mauls and Gloucester had no trouble in capitalising when replacement Jordan finished off a succession of forward drives.

Despite being down to 13, Falcons remarkably won a penalty for Connon to kick before McGuigan became the first to return from the sin-bin.


Robinson also returned but Newcastle continued to offend, with both Chick and Tom Penny yellow-carded in quick succession and the hosts awarded a penalty try for collapsing for Penny’s infraction.

Gloucester had eight minutes against 13 men to score the winning try but somehow Newcastle frustrated them to secure a notable victory.

Saturday scores and scorers

Gloucester 21-27 Newcastle Falcons

The scorers

For Gloucester
Tries: Seabrook, Jordan, Penalty try
Cons: Barton 2, penalty try does not require a conversion

Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Radwan, Chick, McGuigan
Cons: Connon 3
Pens: Connon 2

The teams:

Gloucester: 15 Kyle Moyle, 14 Tom Seabrook, 13 Jack Reeves, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Jake Morris, 10 Lloyd Evans, 9 Charlie Chapman, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Lewis Ludlow (captain), 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Andrew Davidson, 4 Freddie Clarke, 3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Santiago Socino, 1 Harry Elrington.
Replacements: 16 Jack Singleton, 17 Ciaran Knight, 18 Kirill Gotovtsev, 19 Cam Jordan, 20 Jack Clement, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 George Barton, 23 Alex Hearle.

Newcastle Falcons: 15 Elliott Obatoyinbo, 14 Adam Radwan, 13 Ben Stevenson, 12 Tom Penny, 11 Nathan Earle, 10 Brett Connon, 9 Michael Young (captain), 8 Callum Chick, 7 Guy Pepper, 6 Freddie Lockwood, 5 Sebastian de Chaves, 4 George Merrick, 3 Richard Palframan, 2 George McGuigan, 1 Logovi’i Mulipola.
Replacements: 16 Jamie Blamire, 17 Adam Brocklebank, 18 Mark Tampin, 19 Josh Peters, 20 Sean Robinson, 21 Sam Stuart, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Ewan Greenlaw.

Referee: Anthony Woodethorpe
Assistant referees: Harry Walbaum, John Meredith
TMO: Rowan Kitt

Exeter Chiefs 22-17 London Irish

The scorers

For Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Ewers, Van Heerden, John
Cons: Simmonds 2
Pen: Simmonds

For London Irish
Tries: Fa’aso’o, Pearson
Cons: Jackson 2
Pen: Jackson

The teams:

Exeter: 15 Josh Hodge, 14 Dan John, 13 Rory O’Loughlin, 12 Sean O’Brien, 11 Olly Woodburn, 10 Joe Simmonds, 9 Jack Maunder, 8 Jacques Vermeulen, 7 Lewis Pearson, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Dafydd Jenkins (captain), 3 Harry Williams, 2 Jack Innard, 1 Alec Hepburn
Replacements: 16 Dan Frost, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Patrick Schickerling, 19 Jack Dunne, 20 Rus Tuima, 21 Sam Maunder, 22 Will Becconsall, 23 Immanuel Feyi-Waboso

London Irish: 15 Tom Parton, 14 Ben Loader, 13 James Stokes, 12 Benhard van Rensburg, 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Joe Powell, 8 So’otala Fa’aso’o, 7 Josh Basham, 6 Jack Cooke, 5 Rob Simmons (captain), 4 Chunya Munga, 3 Lovejoy Chawatama, 2 Mike Willemse, 1 Will Goodrick-Clarke
Replacements: 16 Isaac Miller, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Josh Caulfield, 20 Tom Pearson, 21 Caolan Englefield, 22 Rory Jennings, 23 Will Joseph

Referee: Hamish Smales
Assistant referees: Mike Hudson, Jack Makepeace
TMO: Stuart Terheege


PV: 43