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  1. Homer penalty gives Bath victory
  2. FT: Bath 21-19 Newcastle
  3. Delany slots four penalties for Newcastle
  4. Rokoduguni scores twice for Bath
  5. Bath ninth in Premiership, Newcastle 11th

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By Matt Newsum

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Goodbye for now

FT: Bath 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

What a night of rugby for Bath, a disappointingly long way home for Newcastle after a bruising effort.

Guess what? We'll do it all again tomorrow. Premiership action, the men's Six Nations... what more could you wish for?

Until then, Goodnight.

England women fail to clinch prize

FT: France 17-12 England

France won the Women's Six Nations and denied England a Grand Slam with a hard-fought victory in a thrilling title decider in Vannes.

Read the full report from BBC Sport here...

Gaelle Mignot scores France's first try just before half-time

Some surprises from the stats

FT: Bath 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

Let's start with the penalty count eh? Both teams had players sent to the bin, Bath at one stage had two in there! They were pinged on that score - 15-7.

Bath made more metres with 369 to 297, which was a surprise given the dominance for Newcastle. They also made far more tackles, 122 to 83.

The visitors made more carries - 125 to 86 and won 10 turnovers to seven.

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards told BT Sport

FT: Bath 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

"We're probably left 16-18 points ion the pitch, but we're getting there slowly, we need to nail these victories and these chances.

"We had a chat in the changing room, we said that we should have won this at a canter."

Bath coach Mike Ford told BT Sport

FT: Bath 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

"We defended 31 phases and it was amazing, a great effort not to give away a penalty, indiscipline put us in a position where we had two men in the sin-bin.

"We're pleased to get away with it, and to win with the confidence we're lacking - it'll be good to go in with a win on Monday."

Take a breath...

FT: Bath 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

Wow. What a finish. Poor old Newcastle won't want sympathy but they deserved more than that bonus point. They dominated the breakdown and were excellent at the set-piece.

Credit though to Bath, there's big expectation in the west country but they've failed to match them so far this season. Could this be the springboard toward sealing elite European rugby this season?

Glimmer of hope for the Exiles

FT: Bath 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

Huge defence at the death from @bathrugby to hold off @FalconsRugby 21-19 FT at The Rec. Newcastle now 9 points ahead of @LiRFC #bbcrugby

It's a nine-point game now after that Falcons bonus point. Still a glimmer of hope for London Irish.


FT: Bath 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

Mike Delany goes for the hit but scuffs a low, damp-squib of a kick that fails to go through and somehow Bath hang onto the four points.

Falcons get a bonus point, that's scant consolation. Huge defensive effort from the hosts.

A thrilling end. Who says you need tries for excitement!

Bath 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

26th phase! Delany kick charged down by Max Clark!

Bath 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

21st phase! Mike Delany tackled as he lined up the drop!

We're in the red!

Bath 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

Mike Delany is desperate for a chance to slot this drop goal. But Falcons are struggling to find him the position.

In the last minute!

Bath 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

Falcons working the ball nicely. They've rucked so well. I can barely remember a time when Francois Louw the master poacher has got in there.

It's got rugby league pace to it at the moment. Falcons still in possession. 11 phases and counting.

Two to go.

Bath 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

Mike Delany misses a drop goal attempt! Wow. Still Bath cling to the lead.

22 drop out. Almost three to go.

Bath 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

There are some rutted sections of turf where these scrums have taken place tonight. Groundsman's nightmare.

Falcons work it into the loose but are a man down of course.

Four to go.

Bath 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

Bath go early. Falcons get a free-kick. However we're brought back for another scrum.

Henry Thomas is back on from his sin-binning so Bath are back to a full complement.

Five to go.

Bath 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

Horacio Agulla loses the ball from a kick. Falcons scrum.

Will Welch is having to sacrifice himself to allow hooker George McGuigan on for the scrum.

Bath send on David Wilson as a prop with Matt Garvey trudging off.

Faffing at the set-piece and we're having another reset. Clock stopped though - this one will go to the end...

Penalty (Homer)

Bath 21-19 Newcastle Falcons

Bang. After the reverential silence, Tom Homer strokes a penalty for three that restores the lead.

It's see-sawing wildly late on here. DRAMA AT THE REC.

Sin-bin (Lawson)

Bath 18-19 Newcastle Falcons

Scott Lawson's game is over as he heads for the bin. Tackle without the arms.

Bath get a chance now to strike for the lead again...

Bath 18-19 Newcastle Falcons

Bath inside the 22, we're inside the last 10.

Rob Webber leads the charge, Horacio Agulla and Matt Banahan blast away down the right...

Eventually the ball is turned over by Chris Harris under the posts. But there's a problem for Newcastle in back-play...

Penalty (Homer)

Bath 18-19 Newcastle Falcons

Tom Homer makes it a one-point ball-game.

Francois Louw returns after his sin-bin effort.

Belisario Agulla is on for Newcastle. Both brothers now operating for respective sides. ANOTHER penalty for Bath. Tom Homer might just have a crack from distance. No... it goes to touch.

Bath 15-19 Newcastle Falcons

Houston and Agulla make a real in-road and Bath enjoy a few rare phases.

Falcons concede a penalty at the ruck... a chance for the Blue, Black and Whites here.

Penalty (Delany)

Bath 15-19 Newcastle Falcons

Delany makes it a four-point lead for Newcastle with a smartly-taken penalty.

Rob Vickers limps off after a tough old stint.

Sin-bin (Thomas)

Bath 15-16 Newcastle Falcons

Henry Thomas goes to the bin for a tackle "without the arms". All about the body position of his opponent. Bath down to 13. Mike Ford knows a thing or two about that, having played for Oldham, Wigan and Castleford of course...

Bath 15-16 Newcastle Falcons

Falcons snatch line-out ball... they're camped 5-metres away and have penalty advantage for a no-arm tackle. So tense!

Bath 15-16 Newcastle Falcons

Nili Latu is rocked by a booming hit, as Newcastle continue their raids on the Bath line. Bogged down a bit in midfield at the moment before Falcons eventually work it to the left.

Bath struggling for possession at the moment. On Bath's 10-metre line before a kick to the corner pins the home side back.

Penalty (Delany)

Bath 15-16 Newcastle Falcons

Mike Delany lands a penalty after a follow-up infringement by Bath.

42 yards or so out. Good shot.

Falcons lead once again and we're in to the final quarter.

Sin-bin (Louw)

Bath 15-13 Newcastle Falcons

Francois Louw gets 10 minutes in the bin after he 'throws' Michael Young to the ground judo-style around the neck.

Nathan Catt on for Max Lahiff as Bath refresh the pack.

Bath 15-13 Newcastle Falcons

Some cutting loose play by Bath down the middle out to the left. Great flick by Ollie Devoto as the move rolled across to the left.

Play has been pulled back though. Video referee looking at Francois Louw who has gone high on Michael Young and dumped him to the deck.

Penalty (Delany)

Bath 15-13 Newcastle Falcons

Mike Delany keeps the scoreboard ticking with another three-point shot.

Bath send on Horacio Agulla for Semesa Rokoduguni.

Bath 15-10 Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle have sent on Michael Young, back at the Rec after his summer move to the Falcons.

Bath now 12-4 at the penalty count after the latest infringement, Matt Garvey and Henry Thomas loitering at the ruck after a tackle on Nili Latu.

Penalty (Homer)

Bath 15-10 Newcastle Falcons

Tom Homer picks up the tee and slots the kick.

There's a try in it now. Five-point ball-game.

Bath 12-10 Newcastle Falcons

Henry Thomas almost pokes his nose through for Bath. But we're coming back for the penalty advantage.

Will they take the three inside the 22?

Bath 12-10 Newcastle Falcons

I'd like to see a clock of when the ball has been in play.

Bath finally make some headway down the right and then through the middle in the 22. Now to the right with Leroy Houston...

Bath 12-10 Newcastle Falcons

Bath lose line-out ball and Falcons have it in the backfield.

They box-kick through Sonatane Takulua and then turnover through Will Welch.

Furious work from the Falcons. They're stretching the play and not allowing Bath to settle at all at the breakdown.

Penalty (Delany)

Bath 12-10 Newcastle Falcons

From such range, Mike Delany makes no mistake with a clean strike through the uprights.

Bath lead reduced to two-points.

David Wilson goes off on his 150th appearance and England hopeful Henry Thomas is sent on.

Bath 12-7 Newcastle Falcons


Davie Wilson pulled for going to ground against his former club.

Bath need to make some ground here but they're struggling.

Penalty count has stretched out to 11-3.

Bath 12-7 Newcastle Falcons

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Eventually the move runs aground when Newcastle lose the ball at the ruck.

Bath held up brilliantly but how much will that have taken out them.

Scrum Bath.

Bath 12-7 Newcastle Falcons

Falcons look to drive. Bath hold it up. Visitors then look to sweep the ball wide to the right. In front of the sticks...

Bath 12-7 Newcastle Falcons

Scrum-penalty goes against Bath. Falcons opt for the line-out.

Bath 12-7 Newcastle Falcons

Falcons scrum, 5-metres out.

Nervy for Bath. Excitement for Falcons...