Mateo Carerras scored a hat-trick as Newcastle Falcons secured record win over Leicester Tigers

Mateo Carreras scored three goals as the Newcastle Falcons secured an impressive 45-26 win over Premiership champions Leicester Tigers on Saturday at Kingston Park.  Source: Alamy

Mateo Carreras scored three tries as the Newcastle Falcons secured an impressive 45-26 win over Premiership champions Leicester Tigers at Kingston Park on Saturday. Source: Alamy

Mateo Carreras scored three tries as the Newcastle Falcons secured an impressive 45-26 win over Premiership champions Leicester Tigers at Kingston Park on Saturday.

Carreras scored three tries in his in-game performance and Brett Connon, who was on the fly, scored 15 points from the tee to round out the bonus points victory, which propelled them to seventh in the standings for the time being.

Winger Carreras ran three tries in the first half helping the Newcastle Falcons take a 28-5 lead at half-time, Callum Chick on the second row also scored five points to secure a bonus point in the top 40. Connon used all four attempts.

Leicester Tigers scrum midfielder Ben Youngs scored the visitors’ only points in the first half, with Charlie Atkinson missing out on the resulting conversion.

Falcons lock Greg Peterson was sent to the basket for sins before halftime for a maul violation. The Tigers took advantage of the men’s advantage in the second half as Ollie Chessum grabbed a try early in the second half by pushing over the try line. Connon’s penalty and Jamie Blamire’s hooker try put Newcastle back into a comfortable lead.

Despite losing when Tommy Reffell was booked for a high tackle, Leicester managed to get a chance through substitute-back Jimmy Gopperth, but center Matias Moroni reacted quickly and leveled the score at 45-19. Leicester had the last word as Sean Jansen scored the visitors’ bonus point and Charlie Atkinson added extras.

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The home team found a breakthrough in the 14th minute as Carreras finished off a brilliant right-to-left move and Connon added extras to give his team a seven-point lead.

Things got worse for the champions when a minute later Freddie Steward was sent to the basket for blocking Carreras, but they didn’t bow to the storm from the Falcons.

The Argentine proved to be a big thorn in the side of the Tigers – he almost caught a second down on the left wing when he hit the ball forward for a run but was tricked by the rebound.

The score wasn’t long in coming, however, as Chick ran under the posts in the 27th minute, leaving Connon to do the simplest conversion.

The visitors managed to regain one goal before the break when Youngs headed in a pick-and-go corner but Charlie Atkinson missed a difficult chance from the touchline.

Carreras then made his second attempt on 36 minutes after receiving the ball from Connon 20 meters behind the car – the 26-year-old duly added extras.

The winger wizard scored a hat-trick in the first half after a lung-shattering run 80 meters from the post, earning a bonus point for his team.

The Tigers thought they had another chance after a penalty shoot-out – and Greg Peterson’s classification – in injury time when Charlie Clare approached them for the fifth time, but TMO ruled that out.

They fixed it within two minutes of the game restarting when Chessum found a right-hand pass and Atkinson converted to reduce the backlog.

In the 46th minute, Connon scored a 30-yard penalty for the home side, giving them a 19-point lead before Blamire added another try 10 minutes later.

In the 68th minute, a head contact by Tommy Reffell was doomed for Leicester, but they went through Gopperth again after a quick strike.

Moroni then broke through the Tigers’ defense before Jansen ensured the visitors would go home with something to show for their efforts, despite consecutive away defeats.

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