Bath 21-19 Newcastle

Tom Homer slotted the winning penalty for Bath

Bath secured a tense victory over Newcastle to leave the Falcons without a Premiership away win in 18 months.

Falcons hooker Rob Vickers bundled over to put the visitors ahead before Semesa Rokoduguni showed fine footwork to set himself up for Bath’s first try.

The wing then sprinted in for a second to give Bath a 12-7 half-time lead.

Mike Delany slotted four penalties to put Falcons in front with two Bath men in the sin bin, but Tom Homer’s penalty gave the hosts victory.

Falcons earned a losing bonus-point but the defeat means the Kingston Park outfit are now without an away victory in the league since they beat London Welsh in October 2014.

Dean Richards’ side were the better team for much of the first half but could only put seven points on the board through Vickers converted try.

They were made to pay as Rokoduguni somehow controlled Ollie Devoto’s wayward cross-field kick with his boot and crossed the whitewash.

Francois Louw’s fine break then put Rokoduguni in again, but Louw turned from hero to villain in the second half when he was sin-binned along with Henry Thomas as Newcastle took a brief lead through Delany’s boot.

However, Falcons hooker Scott Lawson soon received a yellow card himself for tackling without arms and Homer slotted through the resulting penalty from the tee.

Delany tried desperately to land a drop goal in the final few minutes, but last year’s beaten Premiership finalists held on for just their sixth win of the season.

Bath: Homer; Rokoduguni, Banahan, Clark, Williams; Devoto, Cook; Lahiff, Webber, Wilson, Hooper (capt), Day, Garvey, Louw, Houston

Replacements: Dunn, Catt, Thomas, Ewels, Mercer, Evans, W Homer, H Agulla.

Newcastle: Hammersley; Venditti, Harris, Socino, Watson; Delany, Takulua; Vickers, McGuigan, Vea, Botha, Green, Wilson, Welch (capt), Latu

Replacements: Lawson, Rogers, Hatakeyama, Robinson, Hogg, Young, Willis, B Agulla.

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