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Falcons ease to win over Lyon

12 Nov 2011
Falcons ease to win over Lyon

Newcastle Falcons opened their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign with a 27-19 win against European newcomers Lyon at Kingston Park.

First-half tries from second-row Tim Swinson and centre James Fitzpatrick proved the difference to give his side a winning start in Pool Two.

Scrum-half Jordi Pasqualin crossed for the Falcons' third try straight after half-time before Lyon's impressive number eight Nicolas Bontinick responded with Lyon's first European try three minutes later.

Indiscipline proved a major problem for the French side, who had three players – lock Arnaud Dorier, centre Latu Alipate Fatafehi and Bontinck sin-binned during the game.

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