Tigers inflict more misery on Bristol, Falcons swoop to late win

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Bristol's miserable return to the Premiership shows no sign of ending after they slumped to a ninth successive defeat, beaten 21-16 by Leicester Tigers on Friday.

Since their promotion things have not gone right for Bristol and even a change in coach has failed to provide a spark, the strugglers already six points adrift having played a game more than the teams around them.

The first half was a tight affair at Ashton Gate as Billy Searle and Leicester's Freddie Burns exchanged penalties before Adam Thompstone gave the visitors the advantage with the game's opening try.

After the break Leicester built on their lead through Ellis Genge and more kicks from Burns, and although Bristol pushed in the closing stages it was too late for a comeback - the hosts having to settle for a losing bonus point.

Meanwhile, at Franklin's Gardens, Newcastle Falcons produced a stirring finale to snatch victory away from 14-man Northampton Saints.

Kieran Brookes' red card did not appear to affect Saints as they moved 16-15 ahead with nine minutes to play thanks to Stephen Myler's 11th point of the match.

It was not to be, though, as Vereniki Goneva went over with five minutes to play to secure victory for the visitors - Joel Hodgson adding the conversion to complete a 22-16 win.