Saturday, 7 September 2013

Newcastle 0 Bath 21: A grim return to the top for Richards in season opener

Dean Richard's Aviva Premiership comeback was wrecked by Bath at Kingston Park, as the opening game of the new season turned into a particularly damp squib.

Newcastle’s director of rugby had waited four years for this special occasion after serving his Bloodgate ban and re-surfacing in the second tier of the English game 12 months ago.

Yet it was a grim match in filthy conditions, watched by a meagre crowd of 4,616, and there was no fairy-tale script for Richards as his promoted side were emphatically beaten in an arm-wrestle encounter.

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