NEW Year; same success story for Newcastle Falcons.

Dean Richards' side began 2013 in impressive style as they maintained their 100 per cent record for the season and secured a bonus-point win at Doncaster.

Teenage winger Zach Kibirige claimed two tries, with a further score from Rory Lawson and a penalty try ensuring a maximum haul in the New Year's Day encounter.

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Falcons have now won all 17 of their matches in all competitions this season and remain comfortably on top of the Championship table as attention switches back to the British & Irish Cup.

"I've seen a lot of New Year's Day games that have turned out to be disastrous for teams," said Richards. "But we came down here and did the job.

"There were a lot of errors from both sides, but we still came away with five points and that is the pleasing thing for me.

"We've obviously got a lot to work on, and we had a chat in the changing room after the game. If you look at Doncaster's record at home, it's not bad. We really expected a tough test and we got it."