Newcastle Falcons 5-27 Leicester Tigers, Kingston Park
Leicester Tigers have maintained their top position as they defeated Newcastle Falcons 27-5 in the latest round of the Gallagher Premiership at Kingston Park on Saturday.
This is 19th win for Leicester in 23 games as they have 90 points - three ahead of second placed Saracens while Newcastle Falcons are at 11th place with 33 points.
Leicester dominated the opening exchanges as Nemani Nadolo scored right of the posts and George Ford kicked the conversion and followed it with a penalty goal to take the visitors to a 0-10 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
Newcastle were down to 14 players temporarily with Adam Brocklebank sin-binned in the 28th minute for a dangerous tackle on Nic Dolly with the Leicester's England hooker stretchered off the field with a serious injury.
The home side managed well not to concede a point despite the numerical disadvantage but Steve Borthwick's men still had a 0-10 lead heading into the second half.
Newcastle eventually got their opening points in the 49th minute as went over from five metres in the 49th minute but could not quite capitalise on it. Joel Hodgson also missed out on the conversion.
Ford with a 62nd minute penalty goal extended Leicester's lead to 5-13 and in the 68th minute Guy Porter stepped his way to the try-line after a maul in the right corner before the England fly-half kicked the extras to make it 5-20.
Any chance of a Falcons comeback was put off as Freddie Steward scored with two minutes left to let them complete a 22-point victory.
Team line up:
Newcastle Falcons: Tait; Radwan, Orlando, Burrell, Carreras; Hodgson; Young; Brocklebank, McGuigan, Davison; Peterson, Van der Walt; Graham, Basham, Chick
Reserves: Blamire, Mulipola, Tampin, Lockwood, Fearns, Nordli-Kelemeti, Haydon-Wood, Stephens.
Leicester Tigers: Steward; Ashton, Moroni, Porter, Nadolo; Ford, Wigglesworth; Genge, Dolly, Cole; Chessum, Wells; Martin, Liebenberg, Wiese.
Reserves: Clare, Leatigaga, Heyes, Henderson, Reffell, Van Poortvliet, Burns, Scott.
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