Problem Cup outcome: Lions overpower Newcastle Falcons

The Falcons made a nuisance of themselves all through the match, earlier than the Lions pulled away on the loss of life.

A powerful ahead pushed efficiency helped the Lions ultimately overpower a valiant Newcastle Falcons aspect 35-13 of their Problem Cup conflict at Ellis Park on Saturday afternoon.

It was a scrappy efficiency from the hosts, after they have been anticipated to choose up a straightforward win over the English Premiership struggles, however have been as a substitute pushed all the best way by the younger Falcons aspect till they ran away on the loss of life.

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The Falcons made a nuisance of themselves all through the match, and their strive within the 59th minute made it 21-13 with them nonetheless properly within the recreation, however the Lions ahead dominance ultimately instructed as they scored to late tries for a cushty win in the long run.

Gradual begin

It was a sluggish begin to the match for the house aspect, with the Falcons taking benefit as their optimistic early play was rewarded when flyhalf Brett Connon slotted an eighth minute penalty to offer them a 3-0 lead.

Nevertheless the Lions began to search out their ft as their pack began to realize ascendancy and have been quickly in with their opening strive within the 18th minute.

They setup a lineout deep within the Falcons 22m, with the maul then stopped simply quick as hooker JP Smith broke off the again, spun off a sort out try and dived over to attain, with flyhalf Sanele Nohmaba including the extras to maneuver right into a 7-0 lead.

That grew to become 14-0 within the 28th minute because the Lions virtually repeated the primary rating, with a lineout within the Falcons 22m, maul stopped quick after which prop JP Smith picked up and crashed over from shut vary.

The Falcons managed to scale back the deficit to 14-6 at halftime as Connon slotted an extended vary effort within the 32nd minute.

However the guests have been desperately holding on going into the break after two yellow playing cards, to flanks Josh Bainbridge, for repeated infringements, and Phillip van der Walt, for a harmful sort out, within the closing 5 minutes decreased them to 13 males.

Excellent defence

The Falcons defended fantastically at the beginning of the second half to not concede whereas two males down, however simply after returning to their full complement the strain instructed because the Lions scored their third strive.

Within the 50th minute from one other lineout on the Falcons 5m the ball was popped straight to flank Emmanuel Tshituka looping round at tempo for him to energy by way of a few sort out makes an attempt and over, with Nohamba’s conversion giving them a 21-6 lead.

The Falcons had put in a valiant effort and have been as soon as once more rewarded within the 59th minute after they took play into the Lions 22m, incomes a penalty on the 5m with the fast faucet then seeing substitute free ahead Freddie Lockwood crashing over for the transformed rating.

The Lions lastly secured the win and bonus level within the 69th minute as they attacked from a scrum close to the half means, breaking into the Falcons 22m the place the ultimate offload discovered captain Marius Louw following as much as go over for the transformed attempt to 28-13 lead.

A scrum deep within the Falcons 22m within the 76th minute then allowed the Lions to complete with a flourish as they attacked from it and Tshituka powered over for his second attempt to seal a cushty win in the long run.


Lions: Tries – PJ Botha, JP Smith, Emmanuel Tshituka (2), Marius Louw; Conversions – Sanele Nohamba (5)

Newcastle Falcons: Strive – Freddie Lockwood; Conversion – Brett Connon; Penalties – Connon (2)

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