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Newcastle 18-10 Northampton: Saints let second-half lead slip at Kingston Park

Northampton coach Chris Boyd said his hopes of reaching the play-offs were ‘dead’ after Monday night’s defeat by Newcastle. 

With three games remaining, the Saints are 11 points adrift of the top four after coughing up a second-half lead.

‘If you play like we have for the last couple of weeks, you don’t deserve to be the top of any race,’ said Boyd.

Northampton's play-off hopes are hanging by a thread after their defeat against Newcastle

Northampton's play-off hopes are hanging by a thread after their defeat against Newcastle

Northampton’s play-off hopes are hanging by a thread after their defeat against Newcastle

After a 14-month wait for fans to return to Kingston Park, the first-half performance proved to be an anti-climax.

Saints scrum-half Tom James and Newcastle No 8 Callum Chick were shown yellow cards as it ended 3-3 after penalties from James Grayson and Brett Connon.

It took 51 minutes to break the try-scoring deadlock, with Grayson’s looping offload setting up Paul Hill to score. 

Five minutes later Adam Radwan levelled the scores with a try down the right wing, before Chidera Obonna snatched the lead with a try down the left.

Newcastle’s smart kicking pinned Saints back, Connon’s penalty on 78 minutes leaving Northampton without a losing bonus point.

Chidera Obonna went over for the Falcons as Saints let a second-half slip to suffer the setback

Chidera Obonna went over for the Falcons as Saints let a second-half slip to suffer the setback

Chidera Obonna went over for the Falcons as Saints let a second-half slip to suffer the setback

Supporters were able to return to Kingston Park on Monday to watch the Premiership fixture

Supporters were able to return to Kingston Park on Monday to watch the Premiership fixture

Supporters were able to return to Kingston Park on Monday to watch the Premiership fixture