44- Newcastle Falcons 8 Northampton Saints
Dan Biggar scored 17 points as Northampton comfortably beat Newcastle by an extra point lead, in five attempts in a 44-8 victory.
The Saints’ offensive flair was too much for Newcastle, with Tom Collins, Courtnal Skosan, Sam Matavesi, George Furbank and Tom James making the crosses to try.
The result moved them to fifth place in the Premier League table, just three points behind the top four, while Newcastle are eighth.
The Saints had their first match chance at Kingston Park, with Alex Waller hitting a rebound forward from halfway and looking likely to score – with no players on Falcons Stadium – but slipped towards the ball, allowing Newcastle to get the ball. Go back and win a penalty.
Joel Hodgson shook Newcastle’s half of the first points of the match after taking a simple penalty after Northampton was offside after 15 minutes.
Northampton quickly responded despite an attempt from Collins.
A powerful blow in the middle from Fraser Dingwall dislodged the ball, which was breached by Rory Hutchinson for Collins to rally and point down over the line. Biggar turned the kick to give the guests the lead after 22 minutes.
The lead was extended four minutes later when Biggar scored a penalty as the Saints began to dominate the match.
Referee Matthew Carly sealed his authority over the match with yellow for Newcastle’s Philip van der Walt and Timana Harrison of Northampton after a fight on the ground after a penalty kick.
The Saints added their second attempt in the half hour after Skosan crossed the goal under the posts. Biggar added the conversion and took a penalty kick to cement the lead.