Newcastle Falcons open their account in Anglo-Welsh cup with 6-18 win over Dragons

Sonatane Takulua, pictured playing for Tonga, scored two penalties and a conversion for Newcastle
Sonatane Takulua, pictured playing for Tonga, scored two penalties and a conversion for Newcastle
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Newport Gwent Dragons 6 - 18 Newcastle Falcons, Rodney Parade

Newcastle Falcons registered their maiden victory in Anglo-Welsh Cup with a 6-18 triumph over Newport Gwent Dragons before the game was abandoned due to too much water at Rodney Parade pitch on Sunday.

Referee John Meredith and both captains agreed to give the game a go despite the pitch having turned into a mudbath.

Wing Tom Prydie got Dragons off the mark with a penalty in the eighth minute but Newcastle Falcons soon stormed into the lead when number eight Mark Wilson crossed over in the 20th minute followed by a conversion from scrum-half Tane Takulua.

Another penalty from Prydie in the 28th minute saw Dragons reduce the gap to just one point but once again Newcastle Falcons bounced back through try from wing Belisario Agulla and a penalty from Takulua as the visitors ended the first half with a lead of nine points.

Takulua extended Falcons' advantage in the second with his second penalty in the game which stretched their lead to 12 points.

However, just when the game was nearing the 70th minute, the referee called both the captains and decided to call off the game with pools of water on the pitch.

 

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