European Challenge Cup: Newcastle Falcons edge Worcester Warriors, Gloucester lose in Lyon | Rugby Union News

Newcastle kicked off the Challenge Cup season with a home win against Gallagher Premiership side Worcester; An inexperienced Gloucester was beaten in Lyon but managed to claim a losing bonus point

Last updated: 21/10/21 22:49


Ollie Lindsay-Hague in charge for Newcastle in victory over Worcester

This season’s European Challenge Cup kicked off on Friday night and we gathered all the action as the Newcastle Falcons hosted the Worcester Warriors and Gloucester headed to France to face Lyon …

Newcastle Falcons 31-26 Worcester Warriors

Newcastle scored four tries to beat Worcester by five points in the opening round of the European Challenge Cup at Kingston Park.

The teams were tied 21-21 at half-time after three tries each, with Max Wright, Mike Brown and George McGuigan going above and beyond for the hosts. Worcester responded with a penalty try and the efforts of Duhan van der Merwe and Harri Doel.

Mike Brown rejoices at scoring a try for Newcastle against Worcester

Mike Brown rejoices at scoring a try for Newcastle against Worcester

A second-half goal from Ollie Lindsay-Hague, coupled with a fourth conversion from Will Haydon-Wood, put the hosts up seven points.

Will Chudley cut the deficit for Worcester, but Fin Smith missed the makeover and Joel Hodgson ended Newcastle’s win with a late penalty.

Lyon 19-13 Gloucester

Inexperienced Gloucester team claimed a losing bonus point in an away defeat to Lyon’s Top 14

The Cherry and Whites survived a first-half onslaught and remained 6-3 down at half-time, with a penalty from Billy Twelvetrees putting them on the scoresheet.

Jordan Taufua extended Lyon’s lead, but Cameron Jordan responded with his first try for Gloucester as the visitors reduced the deficit to three points once again.

Jonathan Pelissie scored the final points of the match for Lyon, but Gloucester was close enough to emerge with the losing bonus point.

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