NEWCASTLE SCRAPE PAST TOULON

Premiership strugglers Newcastle did just about enough to wrap up victory against Toulon in the opening matches of the weekend.

Jonny Wilkinson returned to Kingston Park, but spent the whole 80 minutes sat on the substitute’s bench as an unused substitute. The game was never going to be a free flowing, high scoring encounter at a cold windy Kingston Park and so it proved to be. Newcastle indeed ran out winners in a tight encounter. Two penalties in three minutes from Jimmy Gopperth proved enough for the Falcons to run out victorious by six points to three.

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