Falcons produce first-half masterclass in resounding win over Reds

Championship leaders Newcastle produced a faultless first-half display in wretched conditions on their way to a 38-3 win over Jersey Reds at Stade Santander International.

They scored three close-range tries in the opening period to quash any hopes of another giant-killing from the home side, and added two more after the break to claim the bonus-point and extend their lead at the top.

The win was Falcons 14th from 14 in the league, while Jersey have now lost five matches in a row in all competitions and stay sixth, with just four points separating Harvey Biljon's side and ninth-placed Doncaster.

After a rest week, Jersey travel to Nottingham before hosting Ampthill in their next home game on Saturday 21 March.

I think we showed a lot of character today. The boys tried to front up as much as they could, but I think the control, the power, the accuracy of the Newcastle team was exceptional in the first-half. I was talking to [Falcons director of rugby] Dean Richards - he thinks that's the best they've played all season. We caught them on a good day and I think any supporters up here today would have seen that.

Harvey Biljon, director of rugby, Jersey Reds
  • Watch: Newcastle Falcons' five tries at Stade Santander International