Falcons resist second-half Bath fightback to secure 32-33 thrilling win

Sonatane Takulua scored Newcastle's opening try against Bath
Sonatane Takulua scored Newcastle's opening try against Bath

Bath Rugby 32-33 Newcastle Falcons, Recreation Ground

Newcastle Falcons scored two crucial tries in the last 15 minutes to resist a second-half fightback from Bath to secure a 32-33 thrilling win at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.

The visitors had procured a decent 9-point lead at the end of the first-half after Tane Takulua (8), Rob Vickers (11) and DTH van der Merwe (17) helped their side with three tries. Takulua also managed to convert two out of the three tries as the Falcons scored 19 points in the first half.

Matt Banahan's (28) converted try and Rhys Priestland's 39th-minute penalty added only 10 points to the hosts' tally.

However, Todd Blackadder's men came back strong in the second-half by scoring a whopping three tries and a penalty in a span of just 10 minutes.

Semesa Rokoduguni (44), Charlie Ewels (47) and Jonathan Joseph (54) along with Priestland's 42nd-minute penalty and two conversions positioned the hosts 13 points ahead nowhere out of the blue.

Chris Harris (66) and Mark Wilson (75) came to the Falcons' rescue with two crucial game-changing tries as Joel Hodgson's two conversions gave them just enough lead to claim a thrilling victory.

This is the first win at the Rec for the Falcons since October 2009.

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