Newcastle 13-6 London Irish: Falcons edge past Exiles to valuable win
Newcastle overcame London Irish 13-6 in the Aviva Premiership to ease their relegation worries
Anthony Watson’s try combined with five points from Mike Delany gave the Falcons a 10-6 lead at the break
Three points from Juan Pablo Socino secured the win in a closely fought second half
Marcus Watson’s try helped give Newcastle Falcons victory over London Irish and stretch their advantage over the Premiership’s bottom club.
The opening half saw Newcastle bag the only try through Marcus Watson and five points from Mike Delany. London Irish’s only scores came from to Greig Tonks penalties.
The only score of the second half was a single Newcastle penalty courtesy of inside centre Juan Pablo Socino.
The defeat leaves Irish seven points behind Newcastle with two games left to play. The exiles host Harlequins next weekend before travelling to The Ricoh to face Wasps.
Meanwhile, Newcastle face Saracens and Sale respectively in their final two games, as they look to further condemn London Irish to their first ever relegation from the Premiership.
Newcastle: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Alex Tait, 13 Gonzalo Tiesi, 12 Juan Pablo Socino, 11 Marcus Watson, 10 Mike Delany, 9 Michael Young, 8 Nili Latu, 7 Will Welch (c), 6 Mark Wilson, 5 Sean Robinson, 4 Calum Green, 3 Taione Vea, 2 George McGuigan, 1 Rob Vickers
Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Alex Rogers, 18 Mike Cusack, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Ally Hogg, 21 Sonatane Takulua, 22 Craig Willis, 23 Chris Harris
London Irish: 15 Sean Maitland, 14 Alex Lewington, 13 Ciaran Hearn, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Andrew Fenby, 10 Greig Tonks, 9 Scott Steele, 8 Luke Narraway (c), 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Jebb Sinclair, 5 Matt Symons, 4 Will Lloyd, 3 Halani Aulika, 2 David Paice, 1 Tom Court
Replacements: 16 Tom Cruse, 17 Tom Smallbone, 18 Leo Halavatau, 19 Jerry Sexton, 20 Ofisa Treviranus, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Shane Geraghty, 23 Aseli Tikoirotuma
Date: Sunday, April 17
Venue: Kingston Park
Kick-off: 15:00 local (14:00 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Referees: Peter Allan, Paul Burton
TMO: Graham Hughes