European Review: Newcastle Falcons and Worcester Warriors go down fighting
With most of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby clubs firing into European action on Saturday there were just two English teams in action, and both with tricky away ties.
Newcastle Falcons travelled up to Scotland to take on Richard Cockerill’s Edinburgh while Worcester Warriors crossed the channel to face Pau – here’s how they got on.
Pau 21-6 Worcester Warriors
Worcester were looking to keep up the excellent form in Europe that has seen them when their first two matches in Pool 2, and stayed with Pau in the first half before eventually losing out.
The match was a story of Pau coming out of the blocks quicker in each half, with New Zealand fly-half Colin Slade going over for a try at the beginning of each 40, converting both.
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— Worcester Warriors ⚔️ (@WorcsWarriors) December 7, 2018
In the first half Worcester responded to going behind with two penalties from No.10 Jamie Shillcock, making it 7-6 at half-time.
Amid rainy conditions in France, Julien Blanc crossed late on to seal the win but Worcester still top the pool by one point – these two face off again at Sixways next weekend.
Edinburgh 31-13 Newcastle Falcons
Much the same as Worcester, Newcastle were in red-hot form in Europe and had been the surprise package of the Champions Cup after beating Toulon away and Montpellier at Kingston Park.
But Dean Richards’ men were hit hard by injury for the trip to Murrayfield and found themselves behind to a Hamish Watson try on 15 minutes.
Adam Radwan responded with an excellent score on the half-hour, neat hands in tight space down the left seeing the rapid wing with more than enough room to get to the line.
— Newcastle Falcons (@FalconsRugby) December 7, 2018
Brett Connon converted and struck another penalty before half-time, but Edinburgh dominated the second half with scores for Chris Dean and Blair Kinghorn, added to a penalty try.
The Scots went top of the pool overnight but Falcons lie in wait for revenge a week on Sunday.