The Falcons Development Team continued its winning ways in Monday's Guinness A League trip to Leeds Carnegie, with a stylish and powerful victory at West Park Bramhope RFC.Outscoring their opponents three tries to nil two from Dutch wing Tim Visser and a third from Ross Batty the visitors dominated throughout, with a delighted coach Ian Peel afterwards praising the attitude and application of his troops.
That was an outstanding team performance tonight, and everyone played their part, he said.
We set out with a specific game plan, stuck to it tremendously and the effort from the whole team was very encouraging.
If there was one down side it was that we didn't turn our domination in to the four-try bonus point, but that would be nit-picking to be honest because I can't fault the players at all for their effort. Both in the forwards and the backs we generated pace and power, we fronted up in all areas and there are now a number of guys in this team pushing hard for first team recognition.
Right from the start the Falcons showed their intention, a towering line out take from Peter Browne and a punishing rolling maul forcing the penalty from which fly half Gavin Beasley slotted the opening points.
The Yorkshiremen drew level on eight minutes as opposite number James Brooks sent over a penalty from 35 metres out, but it was the Falcons who drove the pace with attacking runs from Visser, prop Johnny Williams and No.8 Ed Williamson who hit the line at pace.
Leeds took the lead for the only time on the half hour through a second Brooks penalty, but almost straight from the restart the young Falcons scored a blistering try as fullback Alex Tait's scything counter-attack run saw the youngster break the line, setting up the ruck from which Visser was freed to touch down in the left corner for the first try of the night.
Beasley's touchline conversion attempt thumped the post before bouncing out, but there was not long to wait for the next try as Leeds were reduced to 14 men with Argentina international Martin Schusterman sin-binned for killing the ball.
With prop Williams making a rampaging run to get to within five metres of the right corner, the ball was worked left through the hands, Beasley's marvellous miss pass taking out three would-be defenders to send Visser in unopposed down the left hand side.
Beasley's touchline conversion sent the Falcons in 15-6 up at the break, and with two early penalties in the opening moments of the second half the result was all but secured.
Leeds' cause was dealt no favours by the sin-binning of a second player, flanker Andy Boyde, for taking out Eni Gesinde in the air from the restart.
Line out pickpocket Gesinde was at his pillaging best as he stole a string of Leeds throws, but will want to forget the incident on 51 minutes when his support run looked to have rounded off a sensational team try, only to have the ball knocked from his hands over the line in the act of scoring as he was denied a five-pointer.
It was a rare blot on the Newcastle copybook, however, as a pack hungry for ball fronted up in the tight, flanker Phil Dawson proving a handful at the breakdown while Williamson's physical presence was evident as he hit hard in both defence and attack.
Skipper Joe Shaw broke the defensive line from a set scrum move while centre Tom Dillon probed away for the full 80 minutes, Browne and replacement Rob McDermott both forcing turnovers with pressure at ruck time as the Falcons fought for every ball.
The final score of the night was worth the wait as replacement Batty ran 30 metres to touch down, after a blindside snipe from scrum half Hall Chalton and sound link play from Shaw and Dillon freed the hooker to show a good turn of pace as he raced for the line, replacement fly half Rob Miller converting.
With the scoring done and dusted there was still time for late drama as both sides had a man dispatched to the sin bin, Falcons flanker Dawson for killing the ball and Leeds hooker Phil Nilsen for excessive use of the boot on the offending Falcon.
But in the end the scores remained unchanged, as Newcastle's impressive 80 minutes saw their first away Guinness A League victory of the campaign.
Pens: Brooks 2
Falcons Development XV:
Tries: Visser 2, Batty
Cons: Beasley, Miller
Pens: Beasley 3
Leeds Carnegie: 15 Jon Goodridge, 14 Scott Armstrong, 13 Tom Rock, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 John Holtby, 10 James Brooks, 9 Mike Aspinall, 1 Michael Cusack, 2 Phil Nilsen, 3 Adam Hopcroft, 4 James Craig, 5 Rod Turner, 6 Andy Boyde, 7 Martin Schusterman, 8 Max Lewis.
Replacements: Chad Thorne, Scott Freer, Gareth Williams, Mark Anderson, Dan White, Luke Gray, G Jones.
Falcons Development XV: Alex Tait, 14 Joe Shaw (captain), 13 Tom Dillon, 12 Adam Dehaty, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Gavin Beasley, 9 Hall Charlton, 1 Johnny Williams, 2 Rob Vickers, 3 Micky Ward, 4 Stuart Walker, 5 Peter Browne, 6 Eni Gesinde, 7 Phil Dawson, 8 Ed Williamson.
Replacements: Robbie Kalbraier, Ross Batty, Iain Moody, Grant Beasley, Ross Samson, Rob Miller, Rob McDermott.