Challenge Cup

Newcastle back in quarter-final contention after victory

Share this with
Share this article

Players clash following Newcastle Falcons being awarded a penalty try.

Image credit: Reuters

ByPA Sport Report
20/12/2015 at 17:58 | Updated 20/12/2015 at 18:06

Newcastle put themselves back in European Challenge Cup quarter-final contention with a bonus point victory over Connacht.

The Falcons' 29-5 triumph at Kingston Park left them two points behind Connacht with two games left.

And it was all due to a superb second-half performance that saw Newcastle scored 24 unanswered points.

Challenge Cup

Sale grab top spot with win over Newport

21/01/2016 AT 21:54

The opening 40 minutes proved a cagey affair, with Marcus Watson's opening try for the home side being cancelled out by Danie Poolman's effort, making it 5-5 at the break.

Newcastle, though, put poor Premiership form behind them to make the second 40 minutes a procession.

They gained a 44th-minute penalty try that Craig Willis converted, when Belsario Agulla claimed a touchdown that left Connacht playing catch-up on a day when victory would have left them within touching distance of the last-eight.

Newcastle now had the bit between their teeth, and another penalty try - again converted by Willis - brought the bonus point within sight, and it duly arrived barely 60 seconds later when Watson collected his second try.

Connacht could find no way back, and Newcastle had done enough to ensure that when Challenge Cup action resumes in January, they are in a three-way scrap for last-eight recognition with Connacht and French side Brive.

Challenge Cup

Harlequins run riot against Calvisano to make it three from three in Europe

12/12/2015 AT 18:16
Challenge Cup

Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees given seven-week ban for stamp

25/11/2015 AT 14:47
Related Topics
RugbyChallenge Cup
Share this with
Share this article

Latest News


English Premiership targets August return to finish season


Latest Videos


Owen Farrell ‘proud of England’ despite World Cup final defeat


Most popular


Sheffield United, Wolves backed to finish in top four!

View more