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Summary

  1. FT: Newcastle 14-15 Worcester
  2. Three Andy Goode penalties for Newcastle
  3. Dewald Potgieter and Bryce Heem cross for Worcester
  4. Vickers scores on his 200th Falcons appearance

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By Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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That's a wrap

FT: Newcastle 14-15 Worcester

But that otherwise just about concludes our coverage from Kingston Park.

Thanks for joining us - for 60 minutes it was fairly dull, but hopefully that thrilling final 20 minutes or so made it all worthwhile.

We'll see you again very soon.

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FT: Newcastle 14-15 Worcester

As we begin to wind down for the evening, a final reminder that we'll have full text and radio commentary of the five remaining Premiership fixtures this weekend.

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Recap

FT: Newcastle 14-15 Worcester

Newcastle v Worcester
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Worcester Warriors secured their first Premiership away win in two years as victory at Newcastle Falcons eased their relegation fears. 

Andy Goode kicked two penalties for the hosts early on but flanker Dewald Potgieter crossed to give the Warriors a 7-6 lead at the break. 

Kiwi winger Bryce Heem added a second try as Worcester played with the wind.

Falcons prop Rob Vickers crossed on his 200th appearance but Craig Willis missed the vital conversion.

Click here to read Nathan Middleton's full report.

FT: Worcester 14-15 Worcester

I'm proud of the lads because they kept playing. We knew we couldn't just come here and shrink, especially with Goodey (Andy Goode) playing. Sometimes I just want that last five minutes to be a bit more organised a bit cleaner.

Dean RyanWorcester Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan on BT Sport

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FT: Newcastle 14-15 Worcester

Thanks for all your support tonight! A win on the road! 🎉💪🎉

And, as I mentioned earlier, not just any win on the road. Worcester's first in the top flight for nearly two years.

FT: Newcastle 14-15 Worcester

We knew it was going to be a very tough game. But we just stuck to what we knew and what we've trained in the week, and we just came out and did what we believed in. It was a very close game but it paid off in the end.

Francois HougaardWorcester Warriors scrum-half on BT Sport

Full-time

Newcastle 14-15 Worcester

And it was indeed an ask too much - Newcastle cough the ball up, Worcester boot it out of play and Wayne Barnes blows his whistle for the final time.

A precious, precious win for the Warriors.

Newcastle 14-15 Worcester

The Falcons have done their first job successfully - they've secured the ball - but now they're tasked with running it from inside their own half.

It'd be a good one to win from here...

Newcastle 14-15 Worcester

The first scrum collapses into a heap, so it's take two. The camera pans to Dean Ryan, pacing from left to right. The Worcester boss can barely watch.

Newcastle 14-15 Worcester

But now Worcester have knocked-on - all they needed to do was hold onto the ball for 40 seconds or so.

One final scrum. Newcastle have the put in. The clock is red.

Newcastle 14-15 Worcester

Scrum down, sky blue ball. Into the final 60 seconds. Can the pack in black - Newcastle's - produce one final heroic shove to give us a bit more drama?

Not quite, Worcester secure the ball...

Newcastle 14-15 Worcester

Newcastle have the ball in hand and are into the Warriors half, working their way through the phases... But it's knocked-on by replacement Juan Pablo Socino, only just on the field!

Could that be it? Surely that's it?

Newcastle 14-15 Worcester

But the Warriors are pinged for holding onto the ball on the floor! This game is not quite done just yet.

Newcastle head to touch... Will there be a further twist?

Sin-bin (Watson)

Newcastle 14-15 Worcester

Marcus Watson is absolutely in trouble - he'll spend the rest of this match on the sidelines.

It'll be 14 v 14 for the final four minutes, which Worcester will kick off with a line-out on the right.

Newcastle 14-15 Worcester

A deliberate knock-on from Marcus Watson gives Worcester a penalty wide right. It doesn't deny the Warriors a clear try-scoring opportunity - but it was an opportunity to get clear.

The television match official is called into action again, Watson could be in trouble here...

Newcastle 14-15 Worcester

Where from here then? With their captain still in the sin bin, Worcester Warriors are on the attack, looking for another score of their own...

Try (Vickers, missed con Willis)

Newcastle 14-15 Worcester

It's given! Newcastle Falcons have their try!

Rob Vickers, who led the team out at the start on his 200th appearance, is the man with it. And a crucial one it may be too.

Now then, with Andy Goode having been replaced by Craig Willis, the conversion is far from a given...

And Willis has missed it!

Try review

Newcastle 9-15 Worcester

Hold on though, is there a knock-on earlier in the move?...

Try review

Newcastle 9-15 Worcester

That's better defensive work from Worcester this time - but the second wave sees Newcastle cross the line. Surely they have the try this time?

We're going to the television match official, but the key wording of the question is: "Is there any reason I can't award the try?"

I fancy the Falcons have this...

Sin-bin (Van Velze)

Newcastle 9-15 Worcester

Newcastle are absolutely piling forward via the rolling maul here, four metres out, three metres out, two metres out... Halted! But illegally - and Worcester captain Gerrit-Jan van Velze is yellow carded for his part in it.

Back into touch. Worcester will have to do this the hard way.

Newcastle 9-15 Worcester

Newcastle again try to punch their way through, but another penalty means that, once the move breaks down, they're straight in to touch once more.

They have the line-out, five metres out...

Newcastle 9-15 Worcester

Unlucky! George Harris and Chris Harris are so close to linking up and, if they're able to, Newcastle are surely in for a score.

Nonetheless, they're back for the penalty and straight into touch. No heading for the sticks now...

Newcastle 9-15 Worcester

Newcastle now have the advantage for offside too, but still they patiently wait for a gap to open, a 14th phase, a 15th phase...

Newcastle 9-15 Worcester

The Falcons are back up to the Worcester 22 soon enough though, Marcus Watson again turning on the afterburners.

A seventh phase, 15 metres up now, but still the Warriors defence holds strong...

Newcastle 9-15 Worcester

They have the ball there now however, Marcus Watson breaking the line and turning Worcester heads.

But the wing can't get his offload away and Worcester get back to him, turn the ball over and then clear long.

A near escape.

Newcastle 9-15 Worcester

Newcastle have a line-out following the restart, but have to wait for replacement Mouritz Botha to struggle away with a stray contact lens.

The Falcons have spent just 8% of the second half inside Worcester's 22, which is nowhere near what it needs to be if they're to find a way of winning this match.

Rob Vickers
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Try (Heem, missed con Heathcote)

Newcastle 9-15 Worcester

Can I claim the assist for complaining? The best type of commentator's curse - we have a second try at Kingston Park!

Bryce Heem is the man with it, holding off a couple of tacklers and showing great strength and persistence to squeeze over. A superb finish.

Tom Heathcote hits the post with the conversion, but the Warriors have a six-point gap.

Newcastle 9-10 Worcester

The away side are into the Newcastle 22, working through phase after phase, while the Falcons are left fending off sky blue way after sky blue wave. This is more like it.

Can they make it count?

Bryce Heem
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Newcastle 9-10 Worcester

I don't want to beat up on the two teams too much - this is a huge game between a couple of sides embroiled in a relegation battle, after all - but someone in the office has just asked what you'd be thinking if you were watching this as your first game of rugby union.

Dozens of scrum resets, too many handling errors, one try in 58 minutes - I can see where he's coming from.

Nonetheless, do stay with us! Worcester are on the attack!

Newcastle 9-10 Worcester

Am I the only one waiting for this game to kick into live?

Two turnovers in quick succession, with a knock-on in there to boot, before Micky Young's attempted box kick is charged down.

I'm not sure either director of rugby will be too impressed.

Penalty (Goode)

Newcastle 9-10 Worcester

Andy Goode
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Andy Goode's kick from right in front splits the uprights and the deficit is cut to just a single point.

There's not much in this, needless to say.

Newcastle 6-10 Worcester

After all of that, can the Falcons produce a bit of quality for us?

They secure the ball at the set-piece and are into the Worcester 22... But before they're able to find a way through they're given a penalty, which Andy Goode will surely turn into three points...

Newcastle 6-10 Worcester

But this time Worcester are pinged for an infringement at the base of a ruck, so Newcastle head to touch.

Or do they? Andy Goode's kick is short of the line... But now what have Worcester done here?!

Cooper Vuna's pass to Chris Pennell under no pressure whatsoever is a hopeless one, causing a knock-on and letting Newcastle off the hook.

Ridiculously sloppy all round.

Newcastle 6-10 Worcester

Newcastle gather the ball superbly from the restart, but again Worcester win a penalty at the breakdown. This has been a sharp, sharp 10 minutes or so from the Warriors.

They now have the ball in hand and are knocking on the door of Newcastle's 22.

Francois Hougaard
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Newcastle 6-10 Worcester

When you look at it, for all their possession and territory Newcastle have not broken the Worcester line. They haven't started the second half with much enthusiasm or energy and they've struggled.

Tom Bramald, Ponteland RFC head coachBBC Radio Newcastle

Penalty (Heathcote)

Newcastle 6-10 Worcester

And from right in front of the posts Tom Heathcote extends Worcester's lead to four points.

Dean Ryan will be absolutely delighted with the start his team have made to the second half.

No try

Newcastle 6-7 Worcester

The television match official instructs referee Wayne Barnes that the replays aren't conclusive so the try can't be awarded - but they had a penalty in their pocket so they'll go for the sticks instead...

Try review

Newcastle 6-7 Worcester

The line-out is secured and Worcester are attempting a repeat of the first-half try, getting that rolling maul moving forward again.

It grinds to a halt short of the line so they head down the middle instead, and they think they're over too!

But we're heading to the television match official...

Newcastle 6-7 Worcester

This second half has really carried on when the first left off, with plenty of ambition but an ominous lack of quality from both sides.

A knock-on gives us a scrum, Worcester with the put in, and it's a mammoth shove from the Warriors pack to win the penalty! Where did that come from?

The away side head to touch again...

Newcastle 6-7 Worcester

Some actual rugby union, at last - but that soon comes to an end as Bryce Heem boots a long kick forward, very almost brilliantly to touch, but it just about drifts too long. Hard luck.