Newcastle Falcons resist Harlequins to register 11-10 win

Vereniki Goneva went over for Newcastle's only try
Vereniki Goneva went over for Newcastle's only try

Newcastle Falcons 11-10 Harlequins, Kingston Park

Newcastle Falcons managed to resist stern resistance from Harlequins as they went on to claim an 11-10 win in the Aviva Premiership encounter at Kingston Park on Saturday.

Newcastle dominated the opening 20 minutes as Sinoti Sinoti and Goneva pummelled the Quins defence with Toby Flood pulling the strings.

Scrum-half Tane Takulua opened the account for the Falcons with an eighth-minute penalty and soon Vereniki Goneva crossed over to put the home side eight points clear.

Takulua missed the conversion but kicked a 25th-minute penalty after Gary Graham was hauled down just short after another barrelling run and Quins strayed offside. The first half ended with the Falcons having an 0-8 lead.

Harlequins finally managed to break the shackles when Mike Brown went past Goneva to score the opening points and was improved by Marcus Smith to take them to a two point lead.

Newcastle were under pressure in the scrum and Quins pinned them on their own line to extract a penalty for offside and Smith kicked a 67th-minute penalty to make it 11-10 in an increasingly niggly match.

The win has taken the Falcons to the seventh position and the Quins have moved to the ninth position.

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