European Challenge Cup: Newcastle Falcons 52-24 Bordeaux-Begles

Adam Radwan
Adam Radwan scored two of six first-half tries for Newcastle
Challenge Cup
Newcastle (38) 52
Tries: Green, Radwan 2, Wilson, Sowrey, Willis, Tait, Matavesi Cons: Willis 4, Hodgson 2
Bordeaux-Begles (17) 24
Tries: Lesgourgues, Jalibert, Cros Cons: Jalibert 2, Volavola Pen: Jalibert

Newcastle returned to the top of Pool 1 in the Challenge Cup with an eight-try demolition of Bordeaux-Begles.

The result was quickly beyond doubt as winger Adam Radwan scored two of six first-half tries, with Calum Green, Mark Wilson, Ben Sowrey and fly-half Craig Willis also going over.

Alex Tait and Joshua Matavesi added second-half scores for the Falcons.

Bordeaux-Begles replied with tries from Yann Lesgourgues, Matthieu Jalibert and Geoffrey Cros.

The defeat leaves the French side having to beat Enisei-STM next week to retain any hope of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Newcastle are in control of the pool after a third straight win and could confirm their place in the last eight with victory over Dragons on Friday.

Newcastle Falcons: Hammersley; Tait, Penny, Matavesi, Radwan; Willis, Stuart; Lockwood, Sowrey, Wilson, Green, Witty, M. Wilson, Graham, Burrows.

Replacements: Blamire, Vickers, Davison, Young, Orr, Hodgson, C. Wilson, Kibirige.

Bordeaux-Begles: Ducuing; Cros, Uberti, Lonca, Fuatai; Jalibert, Lesgourgues; Taofifenua, Pelissie, Cobilas, Jones, Cazeaux, Diaby, Roumat, Houston.

Replacements: Avei, Paiva, Poux, Gayraud, Woki, Doubrere, Volavola, Rey.

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