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.
England Under-18 head coach John Fletcher insists his young side will be better for the experience after beating Italy in the bronze final to round out their 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship campaign in style.