Alex Tait (left) crossed early on to send Newcastle on their way to victory against Worcester
Aviva Premiership
Newcastle (10) 35
Tries: Tait, Vickers, Cooper, Socino Cons: Takalua 2, Willis Pens: Takalua 3
Worcester (3) 8
Try: Adams Pen: Heathcote

Newcastle opened their Premiership campaign with a convincing bonus-point home win against Worcester.

Alex Tait crossed under the posts after some early dominance by Falcons, while Sonatane Takulua kicked a conversion and a penalty before the break.

Worcester responded after the restart with a Josh Adams score in the corner but were punished by their own errors.

Rob Vickers and Kyle Cooper barged before Juan Pablo Socino secured the bonus point with a fourth try late on.

Worcester, who finished one place above relegated Bristol last season, had a night to forget in the north east.

After losing centre Wynand Olivier through injury in the warm-up his late replacement, British & Irish Lion Ben Te’o, lasted just 27 minutes before picking up a knock of his own.

After full-back Adams’ try had reduced Falcons’ lead to 10-8 shortly after half-time, Warriors then made a series of errors inside their own 22.

Scrum-half Takulua missed just one attempt off the tee as he weighed in with 12 points for Newcastle, who are bidding to improve on their eighth-placed finish last season.

Newcastle: Hammersley; Tait, Harris, Matavesi, Agulla; Hodgson, Takulua; Vickers, Cooper, Welsh, Green, Witty, Wilson, Welch (c), Chick.

Replacements: Lawson, Mavinga, Davison, Cavubati, Latu, Stuart, Willis, Socino.

Warriors: Adams; Hammond, Te’o, Willison, Heem; Heathcote, Arr; Bower, Singleton, Schonert, O’Callaghan (c), Spencer, Cox, Lewis, Van Velze.

Replacements: Taufete’e, Waller, Alo, Phillips, Faosiliva, Stringer, Olver, Shillcock.


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