Newcastle 27-19 Lyon Olympique
Newcastle (16) 27
- Swinson, Fitzpartick, Pasqualin
- Manning 4
Lyon Olympique (9) 19
- Tomamichel 3, Loursac
Newcastle Falcons opened their European Challenge Cup campaign by beating French side Lyon in their Pool 2 match at Kingston Park.
Tries from Tim Swinson and James Fitzpatrick, plus two Jeremy Manning penalties, put Falcons 16-9 ahead.
Jordi Pasqualin then went over after the break before Nicolas Bontinck crossed for the visitors.
But after Eric Tomamichel converted and Romain Loursac's penalty, Manning added two more penalties to secure the win.
Newcastle: Tait; Shortland, Uys, Eves, Sheriffe; Manning, Pasqualin; Wells, Mayhew, Murray; Hudson (capt), Swinson; Welch, Pennycook, Wilson.
Replacements: Fitzpatrick for Uys (15), Goosen for Shortland (72), Chudley for Pasqualin (66), Shiells for Wells (59), Graham for M. Mayhew (53), Hall for Murray (79), Townson for Hudson (72), Hogg for Pennycook (53).
Lyon Olympique: Tomamichel; Bailey, Fatafehi, Sukanaveita, Ratuvou; Tranier, Veniat (capt); Petit, Bonrepaux, Roux, Short, Dorier, Leguizamon, Sousa, Bontinck.
Replacements: Loursac for Tranier (45), Facundo for Petit (46), Testa for Bonrepaux (59), Guillamon for Roux (46), Marchois for Dorier (60), Nzi for Sousa (66).Not Used: Januarie, Lespinas.
Sin Bin: Dorier (27), Fatafehi (73), Bontinck (78).
Ref: J Jones (RFU).