Takulua treble helps Newcastle to victory

Newcastle scrum-half Sonatane Takulua scored 24 points in their win against Northampton
Aviva Premiership
Newcastle (15) 46
Tries: Takulua 3, Robinson, Vickers, Cooper, Wilson Cons: Takulua 3, Hodgson Pen: Takulua
Northampton (24) 31
Tries: K Pisi, Gibson, Mallinder, Haywood Cons: Myler 4 Pen: Myler

A Sonatane Takulua hat-trick helped Newcastle to an impressive victory against Northampton at Kingston Park.

Trailing 15-24 at the break, Newcastle scored four tries in 18 second-half minutes to turn the game around.

Scrum-half Takulua crossed the line three times and also added another nine points with his boot off the tee.

Northampton, who earned a bonus point of their own with four tries, were undone by a series of defensive and handling errors in the second half.

More to follow.

Newcastle: Tait; Goneva, Waldouck, Socino, Sinoti; Hodgson, Takulua; Vickers, Cooper, Welsh, Green, Robinson, Wilson, Welch (capt), Latu.

Replacements: Lawson, Harris, Wilson, Fonua, Olmstead, Egerton, Delany, Watson.

Northampton: Tuala; K.Pisi, Tuitavake, Mallinder, Foden (capt); Myler, Groom; A.Waller, Haywood, Brookes, Ratuniyarawa, Day, Gibson, Clark, Harrison.

Replacements: Clare, E.Waller, Hill, Paterson, Nutley, Dickson, Hutchinson, Pablo Estelles.

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