The Newcastle Falcons ran out comfortable 34-3 winners in Pool Two over Petrarca in Italy, with lock Tim Swinson crossing for a brace of tries, but they did not have things all their own way in a closely fought first half.
The Falcons took advantage of the perfect conditions for running rugby by scoring the first try through centre Jamie Helleur with 19 minutes on the clock. Jeremy Manning started the move, and his conversion helped ensure that the visitors were off and running.
Manning finished off a sweeping move which involved forwards and backs to double the Aviva Premiership Rugby outfit's lead, but while they could not increase their lead before half-time it took just four second half minutes for the Falcons to put the contest to bed.
Swinson finished off a pushover try, and the bonus point was earned by the electric running of Ryan Shortland.
The Falcons' replacements got tries four and five thanks to Joe Graham and Rikki Sheriffe, with Swinson rounding things off at the picturesque Stadio Plebiscito towards the end of the match.