Saturday 24 March 2018

Newcastle lay down marker

Georgia's assistant coach and former Connancht man Michael Bradley
Georgia's assistant coach and former Connancht man Michael Bradley

John Fallon

Newcastle Falcons laid down an early-season marker with an impressive win over Georgia at Kingston Park at the weekend.

Dean Richards' men scored a 27-7 win over a Georgia side finalising their World Cup preparations.

But Newcastle, who beat Tonga three years ago at Kingston Park, were on top throughout against a side ranked 13th in the world and whose assistant coach is Connacht's longest-serving coach Michael Bradley.

Newcastle won't start their Premiership campaign until the final weekend in October but they have organised a 'Kings of the North' tournament with Sale Sharks and Leicester Tigers to give them game-time during the World Cup.

The teams will play each other, home and away, over the coming weeks.

The competition will kick off when Falcons host Sale Sharks in Kingston Park tomorrow and will continue throughout the World Cup tournament.

Newcastle Falcons will open their Premiership campaign away to Northampton Saints on October 24.

Meanwhile, in France, Brive notched their first win of the campaign when they defeated reigning champions Stade Francais 22-13. Brive led 12-3 at the break and were well out of sight by the time the champions crossed for a consolation score in the dying moments.

Irish Independent

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