Jonny Wilkinson missed a penalty with three minutes to go as Newcastle lost 25-23 to Northampton on Sunday.
The former England flyhalf, who has changed his kicking style to prevent further injury, pushed a relatively straightforward kick at goal wide that would have won the game for the Falcons. Replacement Toby Flood’s drop-goal then fell just short of its target.
Saints dominated the first half after a try from David Quinlan but only led 13-6 at the break.
Wilkinson kicked two penalties and tries from Anthony Elliott and Wilkinson put the Falcons 18-13 up.
Saints drew level through Mark Robinson, Ben Woods hit back for Newcastle but Ben Cohen’s converted try clinched it.
London Irish 20 Harlequins 19
Gloucester 24 Bath 19
Worcester Warriors 11 Bristol 41
Saracens 19 London Wasps 21
Northampton 25 Newcastle 23
Celtic League results:
Border Reivers 15 Connacht 29
Cardiff Blues 22 Munster 13
Glasgow Warriors 23 Gwent-Newport Dragons 24