Premiership: Newcastle Falcons 17-34 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears celebrate a try
Ben Earl (right) made a mistake for Newcastle’s opening try but more than made amends
Newcastle (10) 17
Tries: Young, Cooper Cons: Flood 2 Pens: Flood
Bristol (19) 34
Tries: Heenan, Malins 2, Morahan, Earl Cons: Lloyd 3 Pens: Lloyd

Premiership leaders Bristol took control after a tricky start to gain a bonus-point win at Newcastle and regain their 12-point lead at the top.

Michael Young’s interception try helped Falcons to an early 10-0 lead despite Adam Brocklebank being sin-binned.

But Jake Heenan ran through, Max Malins dummied his way to score and Luke Morahan twisted in as Bristol replied.

The visitors went clear with tries from Earl and Malins before Kyle Cooper’s consolation score for the Falcons.

More to follow.

Newcastle: Penny; Vuna, Wacokecoke, Lucock, Stevenson; Flood, Young, Brocklebank, McGuigan, Mulipola, Peterson, Robinson, Welch, Wilson (capt), Chick.

Replacements: Blamire, Cooper, Ah You, Fuser, Van der Walt, Schreuder, Connon, Graham.

Bristol: Malins; Morahan, O’Conor, S Piutau (co-capt), Adeolokun; Sheedy, Uren; Y Thomas, Capon, Afoa, Joyce, Vui, Harding, Earl, Heenan (co-capt).

Replacements: Kloska, Woolmore, Lahiff, Holmes, D Thomas, Kessell, Lloyd, Leiua.

Referee: Christophe Ridley (RFU).


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