Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Falcons Finally Bag Bonus in Quins Try-Fest; THE MATCH: Newcastle Falcons 38 Harlequins 32 Kingston Park

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Falcons Finally Bag Bonus in Quins Try-Fest; THE MATCH: Newcastle Falcons 38 Harlequins 32 Kingston Park

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SEVEN years on from the Bloodgate affair at Harlequins that left Dean Richards out in the rugby wilderness for three seasons, the Newcastle boss enjoyed a bonus victory in a try-fest against his former club.

Richards, who lost his job in charge of Quins in 2009 after the use of a fake blood capsule in a Heineken Cup tie against Leinster, saw Newcastle run in six tries to follow up their victory at Northampton with a win that left Harlequins still without a success on the road.

The in-form Falcons needed tries in the final quarter by Canada lock Evan Olmstead and England Sevens star Marcus Watson to halt a secondhalf fightback that had taken Harlequins from 26-8 down to just 26-22 behind.

Argentina centre Juan Pablo Socino scored two tries and scrum-half Mickey Young and flanker Mark Wilson one each for the Falcons, who registered their first try bonus of the season.

Newcastle now have five wins from 10 Premiership matches, equalling their tally from the whole of last season's 22-match campaign.

Harlequins - who were without England players Chris Robshaw, Marland Yarde, Mike Brown, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler and Danny Care - have won all five of their home games but lost all five away.

They did, however, earn their first points on the road, Timn Visser's injury-time score against his former club earning a try bonus and Ruaridh Jackson's subsequent conversion earning a losing bonus point.

Fly-half Tim Swiel kicked Harlequins into a 3-0 lead with a seventhminute penalty, but they were trailing after 12 minutes. Young broke smartly from the base of a scrum and exchanged passes with Alex Tait before scoring under the posts.

Fly-half Joel Hodgson added the conversion to give Newcastle a 7-3 lead, but Harlequins were not long in hitting back. An 18th-minute attack ended with former Newcastle winger Visser feeding hooker Rob Buchanan for a try in the right corner. …

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