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Summary

  1. FT: Newcastle Falcons 8-21 Edinburgh
  2. Sinoti with try for Newcastle, Flood with penalty
  3. Johnstone & van der Merwe with tries for visitors
  4. Van der Walt kicks three penalties for Edinburgh
  5. Edinburgh remain top of Pool 5, with 15 points
  6. Falcons third in table after defeat

Live Reporting

By Jamie Lyall

All times stated are UK

  1. How it stands

    FT: Newcastle Falcons 8-21 Edinburgh

    Pool 5 looks very pretty indeed if you're an Edinburgh fan.

    Richard Cockerill's men sit four points clear with two games remaining. They travel to Toulon then host Vern Cotter's Montpellier in the sixth and final round of fixtures in January.

    Newcastle aren't out of the hunt yet, but they are up against it now. Their trip to Montpellier in round five will probably decide whether or not they make the quarter-finals and with their Premiership survival to consider, their focus may shift to domestic matters.

    We'll bring you reaction from Cockerill on the website shortly, but that brings our live coverage to a close. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

    Pool 5
  2. 'Class' Edinburgh 'never gave Newcastle a sniff'

    FT: Newcastle Falcons 8-21 Edinburgh

    Peter Wright

    Former Scotland prop on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: After Johnstone's try, Edinburgh never gave Newcastle a sniff. They had enough class around the pitch to win the game. That's a massive result. You've got to learn to win away.
  3. 'Edinburgh's pool to lose'

    FT: Newcastle Falcons 8-21 Edinburgh

    Ally Hogg

    Former Scotland back-row on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: It's Edinburgh's pool to lose now. They thoroughly deserve that win. Their second-half performance was superb, they played in the right areas, put Newcastle under a lot of pressure and capitalised on the Falcons' mistakes.
  4. Full-time Newcastle Falcons 8-21 Edinburgh

    That's it! Edinburgh go through a few phases before gleefully blasting the ball out of play.

    A seismic win for Richard Cockerill's men, who move onto 15 points at the Pool 5 summit with their first away win of the season.

    They've also put a huge dent in Newcastle's qualification hopes by denying them a single point.

    Montpellier have leapfrogged Falcons into second place with their bonus-point win over Toulon taking them to the 11-point mark.

  5. Play on

    Newcastle Falcons 8-21 Edinburgh

    Well, Alexandre Ruiz ponders this for quite some time, but eventually arrives at what looks to be the correct decision.

    Kinghorn did wrap an arm, Sinoti had his own arm raised to attempt a hand-off, they both hit each other around the shoulder area, and there's no foul play.

    Good call from Monsieur Ruiz.

    Edinburgh line-out five metres out from their own line. A minute left...

  6. Upstairs we go...

    Newcastle Falcons 8-21 Edinburgh

    Falcons burst deep into the Edinburgh 22 in search of at least a losing bonus point.

    We're checking for a potential high tackle by Blair Kinghorn on Sinoti Sintoi, who was being hauled down by James Johnstone.

  7. Try Newcastle Falcons 8-21 Edinburgh

    Duhan van der Merwe

    Oh my! That might do it!

    Edinburgh recover a Pyrgos box kick just outside the 22 and the scrum-half immediately moves the ball wide with a huge pass.

    Blair Kinghorn sears into the line, and gives Duhan van der Merwe a crack at the corner. The massive winger delivers, outsprinting Harris and sliding home.

    It's a very handsome lead now, even though Van der Walt's touchline conversion drifts wide.

  8. 'If Edinburgh win, I think they'll be through'

    Newcastle Falcons 8-16 Edinburgh

    Ally Hogg

    Former Scotland back-row on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: If Edinburgh win this, I think that'll be them through to the quarter-finals. Poor line-out call from Newcastle, it's fumbled and Edinburgh get the turnover. It's silly mistakes and they're allowing Edinburgh to relieve the pressure. Newcastle aren't coping with Edinburgh's defensive pressure.
  9. Newcastle coach-killer

    Newcastle Falcons 8-16 Edinburgh

    That's what's known in modern rugby parlance as a "coach-killer". George McGuigan over-throws the line-out and Edinburgh clear, then win a penalty for holding on.

    Hamish Watson got on the ball early, then got driven off his feet...referee Alexandre Ruiz says he was legal. A big boon for Edinburgh.

  10. Cavubati so close

    Newcastle Falcons 8-16 Edinburgh

    So, so close for Falcons. Excellent, varied attacking play, moving the ball from left to right, and the monstrous Tevita Cavubati is brought thumping to ground a couple of metres short.

    They go the other way, and Sinoti is halted by desperate Edinburgh defence. Bill Mata is penalised and Newcastle will go for the corner.

  11. Montpellier bag a bonus

    Newcastle Falcons 8-16 Edinburgh

    Vern Cotter's Montpellier have a bonus point in the bag and lead Toulon 29-13, so they're set to move onto 11 points in Pool 5.

  12. Van der Waltzing towards the line

    Newcastle Falcons 8-16 Edinburgh

    Ooft...Jaco van der Walt almost puts the game to bed with a sniping break into the Newcastle 22. His off-load is snaffled by Ryan Burrows and Falcons clear.

    Darcy Graham spills Takulua's kick under no pressure and Newcastle will have the scrum just inside the Edinburgh half.

  13. First half 'reverse'

    Newcastle Falcons 8-16 Edinburgh

    Ally Hogg

    Former Scotland back-row on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: It's almost like a reverse of the first half - Edinburgh making a lot of mistakes, handling errors. Newcastle are making unforced errors. They're just not getting themselves into the game.
  14. Post update

    Newcastle Falcons 8-16 Edinburgh

    These are vital moments for Newcastle. You can't really afford to lose your home games in the Champions Cup pools, even though Falcons won in France at the start of the campaign.

    They try to mount an attack with Goneva dancing and off-loading up the left, but Mark Wilson loses the ball forward.

    Dean Richards has made a couple of front-row changes, George McGuigan and Sami Mavinga replacing Kyle Cooper and Sam Lockwood.

  15. Edinburgh 'deservedly' ahead

    Newcastle Falcons 8-16 Edinburgh

    Ally Hogg

    Former Scotland back-row on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: Edinburgh thoroughly deserve their lead.
  16. Penalty Newcastle Falcons 8-16 Edinburgh

    Jaco van der Walt

    Edinburgh's line-out falters as Stuart McInally throws-in squint.

    Falcons take the scrum, but that's Edinburgh's strength. The away side get the upper hand again and win a penalty.

    Jaco van der Walt steps up and boots his team two scores ahead. That could be crucial.

  17. Chaos reigns as Edinburgh come again

    Newcastle Falcons 8-13 Edinburgh

    Wow, utter bedlam breaks out as a loose Newcastle pass is picked off by Johnstone. He feeds Graham, who scampers off into the home 22.

    Graham off-loads brilliantly to Chris Dean, who looks for all the world like he's in for a try, but a stunning Sinoti tap-tackle brings him down.

    If Dean holds the ball and Edinburgh recycle, a try was surely in the offing. Instead, he tries to pop it off the deck. That wasn't really on, and the ball is lost. Newcastle scramble and survive.

  18. 'Crazy' Van der Walt 'costs Edinburgh'

    Ally Hogg

    Former Scotland back-row on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: Crazy decision from Van der Walt, he's cost his team and I don't know what he's thinking. They can put it through the hands or he can go himself but he throws a huge looping pass. Edinburgh should have scored there - at least twice!
  19. Edinburgh fluff their lines again

    Newcastle Falcons 8-13 Edinburgh

    Deary me, that's a colossal wasted opportunity from Edinburgh.

    The forwards squeeze their way within half-a-metre of the touchline. Another couple of carries might do it. Van der Walt gets the ball, there's a gap in front of him, but he throws a huge, looping miss-pass which Van der Merwe can't hold.

    That's a massive let-off for Falcons.

  20. Edinburgh motoring

    Newcastle Falcons 8-13 Edinburgh

    Ally Hogg

    Former Scotland back-row on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: You can see the Edinburgh players are a lot more pumped up, riding the crest of a wave.