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  1. Alex Tait, Josh Furno & Juan Pablo Socino tries for Newcastle
  2. Rob Miller, Elliot Daly & Guy Thompson score for Wasps
  3. Wasps stay fourth in the table; Falcons are 10th

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By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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FT: Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

Elliot Daly
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Well, I'm off to try and work out if I can squeeze Elliot Daly into a hypothetical England XV.

He was superb tonight, making one try and scoring another within two first-half minutes.

Alex Tait had already put Newcastle in front by that point, and after the break they led again through Juan Pablo Socino's intercept try.

But the points were shared as Daly, once again, created an opening, this time for Guy Thompson.

Wherever you're watching your rugby this weekend, I hope it's half as fun as this was.

And there's more

FT: Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

Speaking of games this weekend, don't forget there's plenty of other Premiership action still to come.

There will be a sizzler at The Rec, when leaders Northampton take on second-placed Bath.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Gloucester will look to hand London Welsh a 25th defeat of the season, Sale host Saracens and Exeter go to Quins.

It all finishes up on Sunday, when London Irish welcome Leicester Tigers.

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FT: Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

Josh Bolam: #bbcrugby Sinoti Sinoti is a Kingston Park favourite.

As it stands

FT: Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

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So what does it do to the Premiership table?

Well, two points is enough for Newcastle to climb above London Irish into 10th, with the Exiles hosting Leicester on Sunday.

And Wasps stay sat in fourth, but will slip to fifth if Exeter can win a Harlequins tomorrow.

FT: Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

Final score

Here's the breakdown of tonight's scorers. Even Stevens all round really,

Three tries a piece is pretty decent, right?

FT: Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

Newcastle fly-half Tom Catterick tells BT Sport: "We made a few silly errors. But neither team deserved to lose.

"We got a rocket after last week (losing 46-17 at Exeter) and we said the first 20 minutes were going to be important. "

FT: Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

Wasps fly-half Andy Goode tells BT Sport: "We were way off. We had an opportunity at the end but didn't take it.

"Credit to Newcastle, they played some good stuff. Sinoti is a good player isn't he?"

FT: Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

So it finished with a whimper rather than a big bang, but that was a joy to watch.

Difficult to pick a man of the match, with Sinoti Sinoti in superb form for Falcons. But Elliot Daly was almost a one-man show at times.


Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps


Wasps lose it at the line-out and Tom Catterick decides Newcastle will take the draw by thumping it out of play.

Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

Wasps win a penalty from the scrum. Andy Goode goes to the touchline.

We're past 80 minutes. Late drama?

Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

Mark Laycock

Newcastle Falcons academy manager on BBC Newcastle

"This is going to be a big last minute. One missed tackle and it's game over."

Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

Wasps survive and have the ball back in their hand. A knock on gives them a scrum, so they have one last chance to build.

Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

It's all Newcastle. They're banging on the door, but Wasps are keeping them on the edge of they're 22m line.

Falcons will look to make something from a scrum.

Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

At the risk of sounding saccharine, can both these sides win please?

As it stands, one drop goal, one error, one moment of magic will nick it in the last four minutes.

Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

Speaking of Andrea Masi, it's not looking too good for him right now.

Medics are strapping him on to a stretcher after he went down with what looked like a calf injury. That's it for him.

Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

It's getting all sorts of scrappy in the middle of the park, but I'm not complaining.

Errors mean tries and tries mean more fun.

Amid all that Andrea Masi plants a meaty tackle on Sinoti Sinoti that has a bit of extra pepper on it.

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Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

Ali Mason: I wouldn't wish to hyperbolise...but if Elliot Daly moved to 10 he could be one of the greatest fly halves the games ever seen #bbcrugby

Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

This is fun to watch.

It looks like Elliot Daly might be away again, but Christian Wade's pass to him is marginally forward.

Try (Thompson, con Goode)

Newcastle Falcons 23-23 Wasps

We'll get a chance to breathe in a moment.

Elliot Daly has been tremendous today, and he just got even more tremendous.

He charges forward and, under pressure, delivers a lovely one-handed pass to Guy Thompson, who crosses down the middle.

In case you needed me to tell you, it's game on.

Newcastle Falcons 23-16 Wasps

Ian Smith

BBC Newcastle

"What a try by Juan Pablo Socino! He intercepted the ball deep inside his own half and, with a bit of jiggery-pokery, he got there. What ever happens now, the crowd have seen a great game of rugby and have got to go home happy."

Try (Socino, con Catterick)

Newcastle Falcons 23-16 Wasps

Juan Pablo Socino
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Oh Andy.

Andy Goode's pass is intercepted by Juan Pablo Socino deep in Newcastle territory.

The Argentine has a long, long way to go, and it looks like Joe Simpson will catch him, but the scrum-half goes too early and Socino finishes while being tackled by Christian Wade.

Newcastle Falcons 16-16 Wasps

Tom Catterick has really grown into this game. He puts Newcastle at the other end of the pitch with a kick that bounces perfectly before going out of touch.

Newcastle Falcons 16-16 Wasps

Andy Goode has many talents, and one of them is bothering referees.

He's not happy about conceding a scrum, just when Wasps were starting to find a rhythm again.

Newcastle Falcons 16-16 Wasps

Oh deary dear. The pressure valve is popped right off as Kearnan Myall throws blind and puts it out of play.

Newcastle breathe a sigh of relief.

Dai Young would probably be kicking the cat, if he took one with him on trips to Newcastle.

Newcastle Falcons 16-16 Wasps

Wasps are really threatening. A scrum five metres from the line sees Will Welch lose his bind and concede a penalty.

So Wasps go for the line-out and the catch and drive again.

Newcastle Falcons 16-16 Wasps

Christian Wade
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Wasps use it well and Christian Wade is scrapping his way to the line. He goes over, but is held up brilliantly by Newcastle defending.

Newcastle Falcons 16-16 Wasps

Wasps get their first driving maul of the night going. And Ashley Johnson spins off t charge forward.

He's tackled, but Newcastle put hands in the ruck and Wasps kick to touch.

Penalty (Goode)

Newcastle Falcons 16-16 Wasps

And just as soon as they edge in front, Newcastle mess up a line-out and give Andy Goode a chance to level up from the tee.

It's not a straightforward one, but the veteran number 10 pops it over.

Newcastle Falcons 16-13 Wasps

Wasps had that coming to a certain extent.

They looked happy to see what Newcastle were going to throw at them at the start if the half.

Although they were a man down during that try, with Carlo Festuccia down injured.

Try (Furno, missed con Catterick)

Newcastle Falcons 16-13 Wasps

Slick stuff from Newcastle.

Tom Catterick is the heartbeat of this try, finding Sinoti Sinoti with a lovely pass.

And the Samoan delays his ball to the marauding Italian Josh Furno, who flops his long locks wonderfully as he touches down.

Newcastle Falcons 11-13 Wasps

Wasps almost poach it from the maul, but it's excellent defending as Mike Blair knocks on and hands the visitors a scrum.

Newcastle Falcons 11-13 Wasps

James Downey, in his second Wasps start, is a little unlucky as he nails Tom Catterick, but concedes a penalty by taking the ball too late.

Falcons go to the corner and here comes a deep line-out.

Newcastle Falcons 11-13 Wasps

Joe Simpson
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Wasps seem keen on the box kick through Joe Simpson. It hasn't looked like working yet.

Newcastle Falcons 11-13 Wasps

Simon Hammersley wasn't even in the initial Newcastle squad tonight. But the late call-up at full-back has just made about 20m in a lovely dart forwards.

It's a shame it came to nothing.


Newcastle Falcons 11-13 Wasps

This should be good. It's as tight as tight can be, as Tom Catterick gets Newcastle underway.

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Who has been the best English fly-half of the Premiership era?

But, more importantly, what do you make of that? Jonny Wilkinson has snaffled a whopping 59.5% of the vote, while the Premiership's record points scorer Charlie Hodgson takes the 'best-of-the-rest' title.

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Who has been the best English fly-half of the Premiership era?

No surprises that Jonny Wilkinson is voted your best English fly-half of the Premiership era.

I was rooting for Andy Goode to come second - I just love that hair.

And you have to feel for Toby Flood a tad, coming bottom of the pile.

Who has been the best English fly-half of the Premiership era?

Jonny Wilkinson
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So the results are in - and former Newcastle Falcon Jonny Wilkinson has come out on top. By some margin, too:

Jonny Wilkinson - 59.5%

Charlie Hodgson - 15.6%

Andy Goode - 12.6%

Alex King - 4.9%

Other - 4.0%

Toby Flood - 3.4%

Daly an international?

HT: Newcastle Falcons 11-13 Wasps

There has been a bit of England buzz around Elliot Daly recently, and you can see why on today's showing.

He's not the biggest centre in the world, and won't have the powerful bursts of a Luther Burrell.

But he's skilful, incisive and as slippery as a bar of soap smothered in Vaseline.

HT: Newcastle Falcons 11-13 Wasps

Funny first half that. Wasps have a lead despite only causing panic for about two minutes.

Alex Tait gave Newcastle an early lead, taking a lovely looping Adam Powell pass.

And Falcons looked relatively comfortable, until the visitors decided to up the pace with two tries in two minutes.

Elliot Daly made the first for Rob Miller, and then polished off the second.