Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Return Is Just Plain Sale-Ing for Jonny

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Return Is Just Plain Sale-Ing for Jonny

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Byline: By Duncan Madsen

Falcons hero Jonny Wilkinson underlined just what his winning return to Newcastle's colours meant to him after the latest in a long line of injuries had kept him sidelined for six months, (writes Duncan Madsen).

Wilkinson's 40-minute contribution helped the Falcons to a 32-21 victory over Sale Sharks yesterday, preserving their Premiership status.

Afterwards he said: "The best thing about yesterday was the enjoyment factor.

"It was a lovely day to be playing against an ambitious team like Sale and that enabled both teams to play the kind of rugby they like to play.

"The pace of it is difficult when you are coming off the bench after having so many months away.

"There was a bit of a burn going on in the old legs after about 20 minutes, especially near the end when the play went on for ages without a stoppage.

"However, it was nice to be back and playing with the likes of Matt Burke, Mathew Tait, Jamie Noon and Tom May. …

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