Sunday 22 April 2018

Falcons take first points of campaign

Alex Tait of Newcastle Falcons
Alex Tait of Newcastle Falcons
Danny Cipriani of Sale Sharks during the Aviva Premiership match between Sale Sharks and Newcastle Falcons at the AJ Bell Stadium

John Fallon

It's amazing what one result can do for a side and Newcastle Falcons, fresh from their first win of the season when they hammered Enisei-STM in the Challenge Cup, fought back to salvage a 15-15 draw away to Sale Sharks.

That gave Dean Richards' men their first points of the Premiership season following four heavy defeats.

That said, Sale could have snatched it but Danny Cipriani, who kicked five penalties, was off target with a late kick.

The Falcons, who visit Galway next week, scored the only two tries and they came from their starting props.

Loosehead Rob Vickers got the opening one, with Mike Delany kicking a penalty but four efforts from Cipriani saw the home side lead 12-8 at the interval.

Tighthead Jon Welsh got Newcastle's second try seven minutes from time which Tom Catterick converted to tie the sides, but he then missed a penalty before Cipriani did likewise in the dying seconds.

Brive continued their good form in France and their 34-9 win away Oyonnax has them up to fourth in the table on 27 points, just two adrift of leaders Clermont Auvergne.

And Brive could go top on Sunday when they host a Clermont side reeling from a 35-9 hammering dished out to them in their own backyard by Toulon on Saturday night. Gaetan Germain, who scored 24 points, and Petrus Hauman got the touchdowns in addition to a penalty try against bottom side Oyonnax.

Irish Independent

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