25-22

Commentary

  • FT

    Brilliant effort from Saints though, even in defeat, as they score three tries to none and come so close to that win at St James' Park.

  • 80+

    Saints working so hard but North just knocks on in contact and that's the game.

  • 80+

    Saints still in possession here and working hard. They're over halfway now and still pushing...

  • 80

    Penalty Saints at the breakdown and they earn ten metres for chat. Myler sends it into touch for a Saints lineout inside Falcons' half as the clock runs dead.

  • 79

    Falcons try to maul from the lineout but Saints hold them well and force them to come out. Falcons come wide but Saints, again, hold them but the home side are pushing hard here.

  • 78

    Saints push up from the lineout before Reinach boxes. Lineout Falcons on Saints' 22.

  • 76

    Falcons push it wide looking for a gap but get nowhere and are forced to come back inside. They go wide again but Saints have slowed things now. Flood chips through and Saints will have the lineout but inside their own 22.

  • 75

    Scrappy from Newcastle at the lineout but they just keep the ball and push they way back over halfway.

  • 74

    A good shove from Saints at the scrum but Newcastle keep possession. Stuart boxes and North marks it. He takes it quickly and gets it to Mallinder to clear. Lineout Falcons just inside Saints' half.

  • 73

    Three changes for Saints as we set the scrum. Marshall and Ford-Robinson replace Haywood and Brookes in the front row while Foden replaces Tuitavake in the backs.

  • 73

    Saints counter well but after Tuitavake breaks down the right he's isolated and is turned over. Saints react quickly though and turn over themselves. But as they come wide the ball is lost forwards and Newcastle have the scrum.

  • 72

    A very solid scrum from Saints and they come quickly off it before reloading well to get up to the halfway line. Reinach boxes forwards but Hammersley marks it. He sends it to touch but it doesn't get there and Saints clear themselves.

  • 70

    Falcons knock on at the lineout though and Saints will have the scrum.

  • 69

    Saints box the restart but get penalised for a high tackle there and Flood sends the ball into touch for a lineout just outside Saints' 22.

  • 67

    Mallinder enters play for Tuala as we restart.

  • 67

    Flood...

    ... sends this kick just over to put Falcons ahead.

    25 - 22
  • 66

    Sinoti comes charging off the back of the lineout but Saints work hard and push Falcons back to the halfway line. But the home side earn a penalty as Saints a penalised for a high tackle and Flood points for the posts.

  • 65

    Flood...

    ... sends the kick into the left upright and Myler clears long. Lineout Falcons but back up by halfway.

    22 - 22
  • 63

    Saints collect the restart but are penalised at the breakdown there and Flood points for the posts.

  • 63

    Ma'afu takes his leave with van Wyk taking his place.

  • 63

    Myler...

    ... levels things again with a good nugde.

    22 - 22
  • 62

    Saints look sharp off the lineout and make headway in their hosts' defence before earning a penalty at the breakdown. Myler points to the posts.

  • 61

    Penalty Saints as Horne gets over the ball. Myler sends it into touch for a Saints lineout.

  • 60

    Latu barges his way into Saints' 22 and Saints are having to work hard here but the home side knock on and Tuala charges down the right. His pass finds Falcons hands though and the home side are pushing again.

  • 58

    Saints maul the lineout before Reinach clears. Sinoti collects it though and Falcons are back on the attack around halfway. Saints are penalised for a high tackle and Flood sends it into the corner.

  • 57

    Goneva clears from the back of the lineout and Saints will have the lineout but back in their own 22.

  • 56

    Falcons clear the restart and Nutley is there. Horne makes good yards to get Saints back over the halfway line but a loose pass finds touch. Lineout Falcons just inside their own half.

  • 55

    Groom makes way for Reinach as we restart here.

  • 55

    Flood...

    ... sends his kick through to put Falcons back ahead.

    22 - 19
  • 54

    Saints collect the restart well and are pushing out of their own 22. Groom boxes and Sinoti is there. He regains Falcons some yards before Saints take him down. Doyle was playing advantage and eventually we come back for it. Penalty Falcons and Flood points for the posts.

  • 53

    Myler...

    ... nails the conversion too to level things!!

    19 - 19
  • 52

    TRYYYYY NAFI!!!

    Brilliant work by Saints to get the ball wide for Tuitavake!

    19 - 17
  • 51

    Saints get a great maul on from the lineout before Groom brings the ball away. Saints are really pushing here...

  • 50

    Scrum down then and Saints earn the penalty there. Myler sends it to touch. Lineout Saints within Falcons' 22.

  • 49

    Falcons are pushing but Doyle deems one of their passes to be forwards and Saints will have the scrum.

  • 48

    Saints work hard and push them back before Flood chips through. Tuala is there and clears well. Lineout Falcons just inside Saints' half.

  • 47

    Falcon just keep possession at the lineout and are working their way towards Saints' 22. They come wide and make their way into it before Ratuniyarawa slows their progress with a huge hit. Saints collect a loose ball and push forwards but get turned over themselves. Falcons come wide again but find now space there.

  • 46

    Saints attack well but Falcons get over the ball at the breakdown and earn the penalty. Flood clears for a Falcons lineout just outside Saints' 22.

  • 44

    Falcons collect the restart before boxing and Nutley is there. North charges Saints back up to halfway before Groom sends it high. Falcon just get there and clear themselves this time to touch. Lineout Saints just inside the Falcons' half.

  • 43

    Flood...

    ... sends the simple kick through to extend the home lead.

    19 - 12
  • 42

    Penalty Falcons at the breakdown and Flood will go for the posts.

  • 41

    Saints clear the restart well and Newcastle have the lineout on halfway. They come wide quickly before Flood sends the ball skyward. Myler returns and this time Flood plays on. Sinoti goes on a run but Tuitavake stops him. Falcons are pressing around Saints' 22 now though.

  • 40

    Haywood has returned for Saints as we get going again.

  • 👟💥🏉#️⃣2️⃣

    WE'RE BACK UNDERWAY!

    Flood gets us restarted here at St James' Park.

  • HT

  • 40

    Just enough time for the restart and Falcons slow things as they look to run the clock down. Eventually they get the ball off the pitch for half time.

  • 39

    We restart with a Falcons penalty and Flood sends it through the posts.

    16 - 12
  • 39

    Young makes way for Stuart for the home side. While Haywood and Gibson leave the pitch for a HIA with Marshall and Eadie taking their places.

  • 38

    Saints defence is holding well though and Falcons are having to work hard for their yards here. Saints bodies litter the pitch and eventually we stop the game.

  • 37

    Saints clear the restart well but Falcons just keep it in. They're attacking just inside Saints' half now.

  • 35

    Myler...

    ... adds the touchline conversion too!

    13 - 12
  • 35

    TRYYYYY HORNE!!!

    Brilliant work from Saints and Horne finishes the job!

    13 - 10
  • 34

    Francis is up and we restart with the Falcons lineout just outside their own 22. They box but Tuala is there and charges forwards before he's taken down. Groom boxes and Nutley is there. Myler calls for the ball and sends it high. Falcons get there but lose the ball and Horne is there...

  • 33

    Saints win the scrum well and bring the ball wide. Tuala clears long. Doyle goes to the TMO to check the tackle on Francis, who's down. He says the tackle is good but we wait for Francis.

  • 32

    Lineout Falcons inside Saints' 22 then and though Day disrupts they keep possession. They make some ground but knock on and Saints will have the scrum.

  • 31

    Groom boxes off the lineout but Sinoti is there. Falcon play on and a break from Robinson gets them within touching distance of Saints' 22 but we come back to an advantage Doyle was playing and Flood will go for the corner this time.

  • 29

    Falcons make some progress but it's very slow so Flood decides to kick to touch. Lineout Saints within their own 22.

  • 28

    Flood...

    ... sends the long penalty short and Saints play on. Francis clears long and Falcons have the lineout but right back up at halfway.

    13 - 5
  • 27

    Falcons maul gets nowhere and Young boxes. Tuala gets up but Falcons get there first. And earn a penalty at the breakdown just after. Flood points to the posts.

  • 26

    We re-set then and this time Falcons earn the free kick. Flood goes long but Tuala is there and he clears well. Lineout Falcons back in their own half.

  • 25

    Free kick Saints at the scrum and they'll go for another scrum.

  • 25

    Another good shove from Saints and Groom whips it out to Myler who sends it high. A few exchanges ensue before Falcons knock on and Saints have the scrum just outside the home 22.

  • 23

    Falcons bring play into the midfield but knock on in contact and Saints will have the scrum.

  • 23

    Clean lineout for Saints and they maul forwards a few yard before Groom sends a high ball up. North is in pursuit but Falcons get there. They chip through and Tuala sends to touch. Lineout Falcons.

  • 22

    Falcons, again, box the restart but this one finds touch and Saints will have the lineout just inside their own half.

  • 20

    Flood...

    ... adds the conversion too.

    13 - 5
  • 21

    Try Falcons

    Goneva picks up off the back of the ruck and runs in for the score.

    11 - 5
  • 20

    Brilliant defence from Saints is holding them though and has pushed them back somewhat.

  • 19

    Falcons box after their maul goes nowhere and Saints are there but lose possession just after and Falcons are pushing close to the 22 now.

  • 18

    Saints are really working hard for their yards here and though they are coming, Doyle awards Falcons a penalty at the breakdown. Flood sends it to touch for a lineout on halfway.

  • 17

    Ribbans gets up for the lineout and Saints are off on the attack again. They're creeping slowly closer to the Falcons 22 before they come wide and Gibson gets them into it.

  • 16

    But Falcons earn a free kick at the lineout and send it to touch. Lineout Saints just inside their own half.

  • 16

    Newcastle box the restart and Nutley goes on the charge. He makes it back up to halfway before Groom sends it back skyward. Saint get up though and keep possession. The ball comes wide but Saints earn a penalty as Groom is taken out at the ruck. Lineout Saints just outside Falcons' 22.

  • 13

    Flood...

    ... sends his kick through to put Falcons back ahead.

    6 - 5
  • 12

    Penalty Falcons at the breakdown on the restart as they get over the ball. Flood points for the posts again.

  • 12

    Myler...

    ... sends the conversion wide from out by the touchline though.

    3 - 5
  • 11

    TRYYYYYYY RIBBANS!!!

    Brilliant work from the forwards to give the backs a chance to play in space before the forwards ended the job on the try line and it's Ribbans over the line!

    3 - 5
  • 10

    Brilliant attacking play from Saints and they're right up to the try line...

  • 9

    Penalty Saints at the scrum and Myler sends it long for a lineout just outside Falcons' 22.

  • 7

    Saints go quickly with the lineout and clear their lines well. Lineout Newcastle on halfway then and they take it cleanly but knock on in contact just after and Saints will have the scrum.

  • 6

    Saints get another good shove on at the scrum but Latu comes flying out of the middle of it and works his way into Saints' 22 before the ball comes wide. Sinoti is there but a brilliant tackle from Myler sees him in touch. Lineout Saints.

  • 4

    Saints are penalised at the restart for being offside and we come back to the halfway line for a scrum.

  • 3

    Flood...

    ... sends the kick over to get the scoring started.

    3 - 0
  • 3

    Falcons go short with the lineout and make some ground before earning a penalty. Flood points to the posts.

  • 3

    Saints get a shove on and work hard to get the ball away. Groom makes some ground but Newcastle get over the ball at the following ruck and the home side send the ball to touch for a lineout inside Saints' 22.

  • 2

    Sinoti gets over the whitewash but JP Doyle says no try after a trip to the TMO and we come back for a scrum.

  • 1

    Falcons clear the kick-off and Tuala is there to collect. The ball comes wide for Saints and as Francis passes to Tuitavake Newcastle get a hand to the ball. Sinoti is there and has a clear run in...

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    HERE WE GO!!

    We're underway here at St James' Park!