Friday night round-up: Champions beaten while Falcons soar - Ruck

Friday night round-up: Champions beaten while Falcons soar

Gloucester 28-21 Exeter
Newcastle Falcons 35-8 Worcester Warriors
Reigning Aviva Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs started their season with a defeat against local rivals Gloucester.
Gloucester (14) 28
Tries: Thrush 2, Morgan, Woodward Cons: Burns 3, Twelvetrees
Exeter Chiefs (14) 21
Tries: Simmonds 2, Woodburn Cons: Steenson 2, Slade

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The Cherry and Whites secured the bonus-point and the victory late on thanks to a dramatic last-minute try from Jason Woodward.

The teams traded first-half scores as Sam Simmonds twice put the chiefs ahead only for Jeremy Thrush to touch down on two occasions to level things up.

Exeter fly-half Gareth Steenson was sin-binned for a high tackle with Ben Morgan taking advantage to edge the hosts ahead.

A Will Heinz error let winger Olly Woodburn level the scores for the visitors, but new signing Woodward found the corner to snatch a bonus-point win.

Gloucester: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Ollie Thorley, 13 Andy Symons, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Henry Purdy, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Willi Heinz (c), 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Jacob Rowan, 6 Lewis Ludlow, 5 Jeremy Thrush, 4 Tom Savage, 3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 John Afoa
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Josh Hohneck, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Ed Slater, 20 Ruan Ackermann, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Billy Twelvetrees, 22 Matt Scott
Exeter: 15 Phil Dollman, 14 Olly Woodburn, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ian Whitten, 11 Max Bodilly, 10 Gareth Steenson, 9 Nic White, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Don Armand, 6 Matt Kvesic, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Ollie Atkins, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Jack Yeandle (c), 1 Ben Moon
Replacements:  16 Elvis Taione, 17 Carl Rimmer, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Sam Skinner, 20 Julian Salvi, 21 Jack Maunder, 22 Jack Nowell, 23 Lachie Turner
Referee: Matthew Carley
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix, Jonathan Healy
TMO: Sean Davey

Newcastle Falcons kicked off their season in the best possible way by recording a bonus-point victory against Worcester Warriors at Kingston Park.
Newcastle (10) 35
Tries: Tait, Vickers, Cooper, Socino Cons: Takalua 3, Willis Pens: Takalua 2
Worcester (3) 8
Try: Adams Pen: Heathcote

The hosts were clinical on the opening night to score four tries and take a bonus point for their troubles.
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Falcons stalwart Alex Taiopened the scoring early on with scrum-half Sonatane Takulua kicking a conversion and a penalty to give the hosts a half-time lead.

Worcester responded after the restart with a Josh Adams score in the corner but the comeback was short-lived.

Rob Vickers and Kyle Cooper barged before Juan Pablo Socino secured the bonus point with a fourth try late on.

Newcastle: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Alex Tait, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 Belisario Agulla, 10 Joel Hodgson, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 8 Callum Chick, 7 Will Welch (c), 6 Mark Wilson, 5 Will Witty, 4 Calum Green, 3 Jon Welsh, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Rob Vickers
Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Sami Mavinga, 18 Trevor Davison, 19 Tevita Cavubati, 20 Nili Latu, 21 Sam Stuart, 22 Craig Willis, 23 Juan Pablo Socino
Worcester: 15 Josh Adams, 14 Dean Hammond, 13 Ben Te’o, 12 Jackson Willison, 11 Bryce Heem, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Jonny Arr, 8 GJ van Velze, 7 Sam Lewis, 6 Matt Cox, 5 Will Spencer, 4 Donnacha O’Callaghan (c), 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Ryan Bower
Replacements: 16 Joe Taufete’e, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Pierce Phillips, 20 Alafoti Faosiliva, 21 Peter Stringer, 22 Sam Olver, 23 Jamie Shillcock
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Referees: Adam Leal, Wayne Fella
TMO: Rowan Kitt


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