Saracens complete 26-12 bonus point win over Newcastle Falcons

Sean Maitland scored the opening try for Saracens
Sean Maitland scored the opening try for Saracens

Saracens 26-12 Newcastle Falcons, Allianz Park

Saracens have consolidated their second position with a 26-12 bonus point win over Newcastle Falcons in the 18th round of the Gallagher Premiership at Allianz Park on Saturday.

The win has taken Saracens to 67 points - nine behind top placed Exeter Chiefs while Newcastle Falcons continue in their battle to avoid relegation as they are at last with 29 points.

After the first quarter went without a point, Tane Takulua kicked the first points in the game with a 24th minute penalty kick but a counter-attack from the Sarries saw them bounce back with a 35th minute touchdown.

However, the Falcons had a slender one-point lead heading into the break with Takulua kicking his second penalty kick in the 39th minute.

The second half started similar to the first with both the teams searching for early momentum but it was Mark McCall's men who seized the lead back when a Maitland kick was gathered by Max Malins as he dived over the line in the 56th minute. Owen Farrell kicked the conversion to make the scoreline 12-6.

Takulua's third penalty kick narrowed down the gap to three points but Nick Tompkins ensured the home side got the third at the back of a driving maul. Farrell's conversion made it 19-9 before Falcons' only points scorer Takulua ensured they were in sight of a bonus point with his fourth penalty kick.

Nevertheless, Lozowski ensured there were no points for the Falcons from the game with a last-minute try that came at the back of a clever kick from Farrell to complete a 26-12 win for the Sarries.

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