Saturday, 27th February 2021 @ 17:00
Harlequins attempts to win a record eighth away match in succession were foiled at the death by the boot of Brett Connon.
Two stunning Tyrone Green tries on his first start left the match dramatically poised at 22-all with six minutes remaining.
But Quins, who came into the game off four straight wins, were left frustrated when a late kickable penalty was reversed only for Connon to knock over a match-clinching penalty with seconds remaining.
Newcastle claimed first blood in the 13th minute, making the most of a chip over the head of the Quins defence from scrum-half Louis Schreuder, with wing Ben Stevenson gathering before offloading to captain Sean Robinson, who fed to number eight and eventual try-scorer Callum Chick.
Falcons’ fly-half Brett Connon added the conversion to give the home side a perfect 7-0 lead.
Falcons struck again 15 minutes later with a short-range effort from Samoan tighthead Logovi’I Mulipola.
The home side were having significant success by disrupting Quins’ breakdown and set-piece to establish a convincing foothold in the game, despite a handful of promising attacking moments from Quins.
Quins established their own foothold ten minutes from half-time, with young second row Hugh Tizard pouncing on the restart that Falcons failed to gather. Tizard quickly fed the ball to skipper Stephan Lewies, who raced in to score. Smith added a conversion to reduce the deficit to seven before the break.
In search of stability, Quins made one change at half-time, with Wales hooker Scott Baldwin coming off from the bench, with halfback Danny Care joining him just five minutes later.
However, it would be Dean Richards’ Falcons who struck first in the second half with wing Adam Radwan claiming his own short-range score to extend his side’s lead to twelve points, with Connon’s conversion sailing wide.
With just over half an hour left, Harlequins needed to find a way of imposing themselves on the game.
Wing Tyrone Green, in his first start for the Club, would be the man to drag Quins back into contention, with the South African scoring two sensational tries through individual brilliance.
The first, from a planned move off a Quins lineout, and the second a tribute to the exciting wingers’ ability to terrorise teams in broken play.
Smith converted the first of Green’s scores but went just wide on the second, bringing the score to 19-all with fifteen minutes left to play.
Smith and Connon traded penalties and Harlequins thought they might have sealed a dramatic comeback when they were awarded a kickable penalty with four minutes to go.
However, in a cruel twist, the TMO deemed replacement tighthead Simon Kerrod worthy of a yellow card in the build up and the penalty was reversed.
Two minutes later Newcastle won a penalty of their own which Connon sent through the uprights to seal a dramatic win.
Newcastle 25-22 Harlequins
Newcastle Falcons scores
Try: Chick 15, Mulipola 28, Radwan 49
Conversion: Connon 15, 28
Penalties: Connon 68, 78
Try: Lewies 30, Green 56, 65
Conversion: Smith 30, 56
Penalties: Smith 74
Tom Penny, Adam Radwan, Matias Orlando, Luther Burrell, Ben Stevenson, Brett Connon, Louis Schreuder, Callum Chick, Philip Van Der Walt, Marco Fuser, Greg Peterson, Logovi’I Mulipola, George McGuigan, Trevor Davidson
Jamie Blamire, Adam Brocklebank, Mark Tampin, Darren Barry, John Hardie, Sam Stuart, Gareth Owen, Mateo Carreras
Aaron Morris, Joe Marchant, Luke Northmore, Andre Esterhuizen, Tyrone Green, Marcus Smith, Martin Landajo James Chisholm, Jack Kenningham, Stephan Lewies ©, Hugh Tizard, Matt Symons, Wilco Louw, Scott Baldwin, Joe Marler.
Scott Baldwin, Jordan Els, Simon Kerrod, Glen Young, Alex Dombrandt, Danny Care, Brett Herron, Louis Lynagh
Next match: Harlequins vs Northampton Saints. Sunday March 7. Kick-off 15:00