Takulua coverts and the Falcons take it.
Takulua coverts and the Falcons take it.
Lawson gets over the line with the last seconds of the game.
Penalty Falcons at the scrum and the go quickly. They're very close again.
No try for Newcastle, we come back for an advantage that was being played though. They opt for the scrum.
Francois van Wyk coming on for Alex Waller for Saints.
We're with the TMO to see if they're over after prolonged pressure on Saints' line.
Newcastle are close to Saints' line now and putting hard.
The Falcons are pressing forwards again and make it close to Saints' 22.
Newcastle look dangerous in attack but the ball finds Francis' hands. He clears but the ball goes straight out. Lineout Newcastle.
Mallinder leaves for a HIA and Reinach re-enters the field for Saints.
Newcastle knock on into touch and Hartley opts for the lineout.
Saints turn over the ball and clear after Newcastle chase their kick well. We'll have a lineout just outside Saints' 22.
Ford-Robinson leaves for Saints as well with Hill entering the game. Falcons change their fly half, Flood being replaced by Hodgson.
Vickers and Green make way for Mavinga and Witty on the Falcons side.
... sends the simple kick through to extend Saints' lead.
Penalty Saints as Falcons are penalised for being offside. Francis points for the posts.
We set and re-set this scrum before Harrison comes barrelling off the base. Saints are VERY close again here...
Wilson leaves for Falcons with Late entering play.
Tuala is over but after a trip to the TMO we're coming back for an advantage to Saints and a scrum instead.
Lawson enters play for Falcons with Cooper leaving the field.
Free kick Saints at the scrum and they go quickly. Wood barrels his way forwards before Lawes does the same. But Waller loses the ball forwards and Newcastle are back on the offensive. Gibson rips the ball and Waller makes an impressive charge up the wing. Francis takes on the mantle but is pushed into touch metres out.
Newcastle scoop up a loose ball but knock on and we'll have yet another scrum.
Francis turns over and offloads to Horne who's smothered in a huge tackle. Saints are with the ball in hand now though and going forwards.
Newcastle are in attack now and work themselves into Saints' 22.
Saints make a change, Reinach making way for Groom.
Welsh is back from the blood bin again as Wilson makes way once more.
... sends the conversion over to take Saints into the lead!!
Harrison gets the ball close but on closer inspection it's the skipper the grounds the ball!!
We're with the TMO to see if Harrison has scored...
Saints maul again and they're VERY CLOSE...
Eventually we come back for the penalty and Mallinder sends it to the corner again. Lineout Saints five metres out.
Saints maul with a penalty coming before the ball comes out. They're just metres out with the advantage still coming...
Eventually we get this scrum away and Saints earn a penalty there. Mallinder sends it LONG into touch. Lineout Saints five metres out.
Welsh leaves for the blood bin again and Wilson returns.
Free kick Newcastle at the scrum and they go quickly but Takulua knock on at the ruck and Saints will have the scrum.
Welsh returns and the blood replacement of Wilson is reversed.
Flood clears from the line and Estelles runs back at Falcons. Saints are attacking near halfway but Lawes knocks on in contact and they will have the scrum.
Newcastle slow things down but Estelles breaks through to bring the game up to the 22. Saints are looking good but the wing's offload finds touch instead of Mallinder's hands. Lineout Falcons.
Flood clears from the restart and Foden dances through the midfield back up to where the kick was taken. Saints really in attack again here.
... sends the penalty kick through the posts.
Newcastle are whipping the ball left to right but finding little space in Saints' defence. Saints look to be over the ball but the referee penalises them and Flood will kick for goal.
Newcastle earn a penalty at this lineout too and we'll have another one near Saints' 22.
Tuala and Estelles team up out wide to get the game back within Falcons' half but the latter's foot just finds touch and we'll have a Falcons lineout.
Estelles turns over in the midfield and Saints are back in attack at the halfway line.
Falcons box from the lineout but Estelles is there. Saints are pinned back in their own 22 though and Reinach clears. Lineout Falcons.
Penalty Falcons at the breakdown and Flood sends the ball into touch. Lineout Falcons on halfway.
Flood returns from the sin bin for Newcastle and Tuala replaces Stephenson for Saints.
Newcastle clear and Saints scramble to collect. They earn a penalty just after at the breakdown and Mallinder sends it into touch. Lineout Saints.
Saints get close but Falcons earn a penalty and send it into touch. Lineout Falcons but only on their own 22.
Scott Wilson comes on as a blood replacement for Jon Welsh for Falcons.
Saints instantly on the attack from the restart and working their way up towards Falcons' 22. A grubber through works well for the home side as the ball is carried into touch by Falcons. They maul from the lineout and are getting close to the line.
Just one change for Saints at the break, Francis replaces Grayson at fly half.
WE'RE BACK UNDERWAY!!
Matavesi gets us restarted here.
Newcastle get the ball out of the scrum quickly and end the half.
Saints look good quickly but Estelles just loses control of the ball out wide and we'll have another scrum.
Scrum down then and Wilson comes off the base. Falcons clear and we'll have a Saints lineout just outside Falcons' 22.
Saints maul but Newcastle put a stop to it before Saints can get the ball over the line. We'll restart with a scrum to Falcons.
Harrison comes off the back of the scrum with ball in hand and Saints begin to battle with Falcons just metres out again.
No try and the Franklin's Faithful aren't happy!! We come back for a scrum as Saints are deemed to be held up over the line.
We're off the the TMO to see if they're over.........
Falcons look to clear but Saints charge down and after a brilliant run from Gibson are inches from the line...
Scrum down then and Saints come quickly off it. Harrison spots a gap in the Falcon's line before the ball comes forwards off Horne's head and Newcastle play on.
Newcastle knock on at the restart and Saints will have the scrum on halfway.
And Saints are now a man to the good as Toby Flood leaves for the sin bin.
PENALTY TRY FOR SAINTS!!!
Great stuff in attack gets Saints close and eventually they're over but they're held up. We come back for a penalty advantage that was being played and Saints have a lineout metres from the line.
Falcons are pinged at the resulting maul and Mallinder send the penalty into touch. Lineout Saints on Falcons' 22.
Lineout Saints from the restart as Newcastle loose the ball into touch. Though Saints look to attack, the ball gets turned over and Newcastle send the ball into touch. Lineout Saints.
... adds the extras too.
The away side come at Saints quickly and Matavesi gets over.
Falcons look to maul and though it collapses, Saints are penalised. Flood sends the penalty into touch again. Lineout Falcons.
Newcastle coming at Saints quickly again. They're hovering around the halfway line before kicking through into space. Reinach gets back and clears well. Lineout Falcons back in their own half.
Falcons take the conversion quickly and make it to take the lead.
The pressure eventually pays off and and they score through Sinoti.
Newcastle come quickly off the lineout and are pressing Saints in their 22 with an advantage coming.
Saints clear the restart and though Goneva takes this one his foot is just in touch. Lineout Saints and they're away again. But good defence from Falcons earn them a penalty at the ruck. Flood sends it into touch for a lineout just inside Saints' 22.
... lines up but sends the conversion just shy of the mark.
Brilliant try for Saints that after a good period of pressure in the Falcons' 22!!
Saints maul from the lineout before the backs take over. Saints just metres away now...
Strong scrum from Saints and they get the penalty. Mallinder send the ball into the corner. Lineout Saints ten metres out.
Not straight from Newcastle at the lineout and we'll set for another scrum.
Newcastle look to press Saints but the home defence holds strong and push them back to within their own half. Falcons are forced to kick and Mallinder makes sure the ball finds touch. Lineout Newcastle within their own half.
Penalty Falcons at the scrum. Flood sends it into touch for a lineout just outside Saints' 22.
Free kick Saints and they're away. Harrison trucks it up the middle before the ball comes wide. Saints moving quickly but knock on in contact. Another scrum them.
Newcastle box from the scrum and Saints send the ball high in return. Newcastle return it again and this time Saints choose to play. They get up to halfway before Grayson send the ball high again, this time Takulua knocks on and Saints will have the scrum.
Saints look good in attack but knock on in contact as Falcons' are solid in defence. Scrum down again.
This one is Newcastle's and they come off it quickly. They're pressing Saints in the home 22 but handling errors are costing them and eventually Saints turn the ball over. Brilliant stuff from Saints and they're back near the Falcons' 22 themselves. They put a grubber through but Falcons just get there and clear. Lineout Saints just outside the Falcons' 22.
Knock on in the lineout and we'll have yet another scrum...
Newcastle again chip through and this time the ball finds touch via Horne. Lineout Newcastle just outside Saints' 22.
Newcastle kick off the back of the scrum and again Mallinder is there. He clears for a Newcastle lineout on halfway.
Newcastle clear from the scrum and Mallinder is there. He runs forwards before chipping over the top. Newcastle collect but Foden is there to turn over. Saints look good but the next kick goes dead and we come back for a scrum near halfway.
Not straight from Saints at the lineout and we'll have the third scrum of the game, this one with a Newcastle put in.
A good defensive effort from Saints and they earn a scrum for a knock on from Newcastle before earning themselves a penalty at that scrum. Mallinder sends long into touch for a lineout inside the Falcons' 22.
Scrum Newcastle then and a penalty to the away side. Flood sends it downfield for a lineout on halfway.
The TMO deems Saints to have knocked on in the build up but an INCREDIBLE start from the home side!!
UNREAL START HERE!! WE'RE ALREADY AT THE TMO TO SEE IF ROB HORNE HAS SCORED!!!!
HERE WE GO!!
James Grayson get us underway for round 10 of the Aviva Premiership here at the Gardens!!