Falcons provide late sting in tale at Wasps, Exeter edge out Worcester
Newcastle Falcons gave their Premiership survival bid a massive boost with a last-gasp 20-19 win at Wasps and Premiership leaders Exeter Chiefs edged out struggling Worcester Warriors to go eight points clear.
The Falcons claimed a huge victory over second-bottom Worcester last weekend and trail the Warriors by only three points after Brett Connon’s penalty downed Wasps at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.
Wasps led 6-3 at half-time, but two tries in the space of seven minutes from Nemani Nagusa and Sonatane Takulua gave Dean Richards’ men a 17-9 lead midway through the second half.
Starting to look a bit better down there. The Great Escape is on! pic.twitter.com/xzq4ReY8Fc
— Newcastle Falcons (@FalconsRugby) March 9, 2019
Santiago Cordero helped himself to a brace of first-half tries while Olly Woodburn crossed on the stroke of half-time as Exeter went into the interval with a 19-6 lead.
Tom O’Flaherty and Harry Williams also went over the whitewash as Exeter bagged the bonus point, but scores from Bryce Heem, Ted Hill, Tom Howe and Chris Pennell ensured Worcester salvaged a losing bonus point.
Bristol Bears pulled off a 26-24 win over a Northampton Saints side that paid the price for going down to 11 men as they saw four players receive yellow cards in a dramatic finish, Ian Madigan’s conversion of a Piers O’Conor try settling a see-saw contest in favour of the visitors.
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