Newcastle Falcons (3) 12, Leicester Tigers (9) 12
November 5th 1999
The only real winner at Kingston Park on Bonfire Night was the
conditions with the match being played in teeming rain throughout. As
it was the pitch held up well but towards the end there was even
standing water on it.
The boot dominated the game with each side kicking four penalty goals.
Leicester's were all kicked by Tim Stimpson three in the first half
with a slight breeze at his back and one to open the scoring in the
second period into the teeth of a howling gale. The Falcons' only
first half score came from England stand-off Jonny Wilkinson, but he
was forced to retire injured at the break and his stand-in Walder
landed three goals from four attempts to bring the sides level.
It was certainly not a night for running rugby as the forwards rightly
clung on to as much possession as they could secure. Once again the
Tigers young half-backs, Grindal and Goode had good games and coped
with the elements admirably.
Newcastle were perhaps unlucky to have a try from no 9 Crane
disallowed for crossing on the hour, but in the end the weather was
the great leveller and a 12-all draw was perhaps a fair result as each
team collected a point.
TIGERS: Tim Stimpson Leon Lloyd (Craig Joiner 56), Will Greenwood,
Pat Howard, Dave Lougheed Andy Goode, James Grindal Graham
Rowntree (Derek Jelley 61), Dorian West (Richard***erill 61), Darren
Garforth Martin Johnson (capt), John Welborn Paul Gustard, Martin
Corry, Neil Back. Replacements not used: Jamie Hamilton, Adam Balding,
Geordan Murphy, Ben Kay.
FALCONS: Stuart Legg - Jim Naylor, Martin Shaw, Inga Tuigamala, Jamie
Noon - Jonny Wilkinson, Harley Crane - George Graham, Ross Nesdale,
Marius Hurter - Hugh Vyvyan, Doddie Weir - Steve O'Neill, Peter
Walton, Richard Arnold. Replacements: Peter Massey, Dave Walder, Dan
Taberner, Ian Peel, Richard Horton, Jimmy Cartmell, Jimmy Rule.
Garry (Leicester FC Tiger bar team)