Newcastle Falcons end losing streak after beating Bath 16-8

Toby Flood played a vital role in Newcastle's victory
Toby Flood played a vital role in Newcastle's victory

Newcastle Falcons 16-8 Bath Rugby, Kingston Park

Newcastle Falcons brought an end to a four-game losing streak as they went on to defeat Bath Rugby 16-8 in their Gallagher Premiership encounter at Kingston Park on Friday.

The victory has lifted the Falcons from the bottom position to 10th place with their second win of the season while Bath Rugby are at seventh place with 17 points.

Bath had a tough first 12 minutes as fly-half Freddie Burns and full-back Tom Homer left the field injured before Josh Bayliss' try was disallowed. The Falcons though got their first points on the board when Flood kicked a sixth minute penalty kick.

Ill discipline hampered Bath's chances but the Falcons failed to capitalise on it before the visitors finally got their first points on the board when replacement Ruaridh McConnochie went over the line in the 27th minute for an unconverted try.

However, the hosts managed to seize the momentum heading into the break with Johnny Williams' touchdown followed by Flood's conversion as they had a 10-5 lead at the end of the first half.

Replacement Darren Atkins got the gap down to two points with a penalty kick in the 46th minute but a sin-bin to Bayliss in the 56th minute for a dangerous tackle on Flood hampered Bath's momentum.

The home side ensured there was no slip up this time around as Flood kicked two more penalties in the 57th and 70th minutes to complete a 16-8 victory.

Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the can only be the Gallagher Premiership.

12 teams compete in the league over a season, playing every team both home and away, before four move into the playoffs and one is relegated.

The division is becoming more and more exciting as each year passes by so who will be lifting silverware at Twickenham in May?

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