England World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson scored 21 points as he completed his first full 80 minutes' action in nine months.
The fly-half showed no ill effects from February's neck and shoulder operation as he scored a try and kicked five conversions and a penalty in Newcastle's 46-17 friendly win over Pertemps Bees at Kingston Park.
Wilkinson, who played a total of 100 minutes in two pre-season games in Ireland, now hopes to be fit for next week's Premiership opener at Worcester.
Falcons director of rugby Rob Andrew said: "All of the pre-season has been good for him physically.
"He did 40 minutes against Connacht, 60 against Munster and now a full game, so he's looking pretty sharp."
Semo Sititi also crossed on his home debut and youngster Matthew Tait claimed a try on his second first-team appearance at the ground.
Joe Shaw, Michael Stephenson and Ed Williamson scored the Falcons' other tries. Shaun Woof and Paul Knight replied for the Bees.