Aviva Premiership results
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Aviva Premiership results on Sunday February 21 2016
Newcastle 26-25 Northampton
London Irish 15-22 Exeter
Newcastle boost survival chance
Newcastle gave their hopes of beating the drop a boost as the Falcons survived a Northampton fightback to record their fifth home win in succession.
In front of their biggest crowd of the season the Falcons hung on grimly for a 26-25 victory, having led 26-11 for much of the second half.
Newcastle put the disappointment of having an early try ruled out to lead 20-11 at half-time with their tries coming from Alex Tait and Chris Harris.
Andy Goode also kicked 16 points for the hosts, while Northampton’s three tries came courtesy of two from Lee Dickson and one from Jamie Gibson.
Chiefs punish rock bottom London Irish
Exeter fly-half Gareth Steenson kicked 17 points at the Madejski Stadium to keep London Irish rooted to the bottom of the Aviva Premiership table.
With huge performances from David Paice and Ofisa Treviranus, Irish fought bravely throughout but the 22-15 defeat leaves them five points behind 11th-placed Worcester.
Irish outscored their opponents two tries to one but ill-discipline, they lost Paice and Ian Nagle to yellow cards, allowed Steenson to kick four penalties and a conversion to a try from Dave Lewis.
Topsy Ojo scored a splendid individual try for the home side, Treviranus the other with Theo Brophy-Clews kicking one penalty and a conversion.