Bath hammered at Kingston Park, as Newcastle shine under Friday night lights!
Bath traveled up to Kingston Park on Friday night looking to take their unbeaten run to five games and knew a victory would take them into the top four.
Unfortunately a much improved Newcastle team this season, who have their own ambitions to force their way into the top four started brightly, and were rewarded in the fourth minute as they flew down the left hand side and a wonderful finish from Sinoti Sinoti gave the first points of the match to the home side.
Toby Flood then rolled back the years as he spotted a hole in the defence and burst through to score their second try of the evening. It went from bad to worse for Bath as Aled Brew mistimed a tackle and was sent to the sin bin for a knee to the back on former Bath player Michael Young as Newcastle continued to swarm all over Bath’s try line and were rewarded for their patience as Kyle Cooper finished off the line out to leave Bath licking their wounds as they went into half time 21-0 down.
Winger Cooper Vuna making his debut for Bath on the wing had little action in the first half but the Bath fans will be looking forward to seeing a lot more from him, on the 46th minute, James Wilson delivered a brilliant offload to the Samoan and he somehow held off the attentions of the Newcastle defence to get Bath on the scoreboard with a brilliant finish in the corner. With Rokoduguni out for the majority of the season he could be a major asset for the rest of the season.
Unfortunately the Falcons kept on coming and the defence coach will not be happy when they review the footage of Newcastle’s fourth try, as Goneva danced his way out of tackles from Freddie Burns, Fotuali’i and Matt Garvey as he scored the bonus point try that Newcastle thoroughly deserved and the try gave a rough indication of how dominant Newcastle were.
The team return to the Rec on Saturday against Sale who are hovering just below Bath in the table so a win is paramount as they look to secure a Champions trophy spot.