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Aviva Premiership
Newcastle stun Leicester to move clear of Premiership basement
ESPN Staff
February 12, 2016
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Date/Time: Feb 12, 2016, 19:45 local, 19:45 GMT
Venue: Kingston Park, Newcastle
Newcastle Falcons 26 - 14 Leicester Tigers
Attendance: 6207  Half-time: 20 - 9
Tries: Hammersley, Powell
Cons: Goode 2
Pens: Goode 3, Willis
Tries: Pearce
Pens: Burns 3
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Simon Hammersley of Newcastle Falcons scores a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Newcastle Falcons and Leicester Tigers at Kingston Park on February 12, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
Simon Hammersley scored Newcastle's first try against Leicester.
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Newcastle Falcons climbed off the bottom of the Aviva Premiership table with a 26-14 defeat of Leicester Tigers at Kingston Park.

The hosts were the better side right from the off and seized control of the contest before half-time thanks to tries from Simon Hammersley and Adam Powell. Veteran fly-half Andy Goode converted both to give Newcastle a commanding 20-9 lead at the break.

Goode booted a third penalty in the second half to put the home side two converted tries in front of their visitors. However, Tigers sniffed a comeback with around 16 minutes to go as Laurence Pearce touched down.

Freddie Burns had kicked three early penalties -- to briefly give his side 6-0 and 9-7 leads -- but Pearce's score went unconverted, allowing 21-year-old fly-half Craig Willis to seal four points for the Falcons with a late penalty.

Victory ensures Newcastle climb up to 10th in the Premiership table, putting breathing space between them and both bottom club London Irish and 11th-placed Worcester.

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