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Newcastle hoping for repeat French success

Friday 19th October 2018

2:35 pm (GMT)

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Newcastle Falcons after defeating RC Toulon in Round 1

Newcastle Falcons head into their Heineken Champions Cup Round 2 clash with Montpellier looking for two straight victories over French sides after defeating RC Toulon 26-25 last weekend.

Montpellier are also looking for their second win, having defeated Edinburgh Rugby 21-15 last Saturday. The clash on Sunday gets underway at 13:00 BST at Kingston Park, with coverage live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.

  • Newcastle and Montpellier have never met in the competition before, however, they did face off in the pool stage of the 2010/11 Challenge Cup, with the TOP 14 side winning both games.
  • Falcons have won four of their previous six (L2) home games in the European Cup, including two wins from two against TOP 14 opposition.
  • Montpellier have lost 10 of their last 11 away games in the Champions Cup,including a 10-41 loss toExeter in their most recent such game.
  • Montpellier missed 33 tackles against Edinburgh, the most of any side in Round 1.
  • Newcastle’s Glen Young won nine line outs in Round 1, two more than any other player in the opening weekend.

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Newcastle Falcons defeat Montpellier in dramatic fashion

Sunday 21st October 2018

3:29 pm (GMT)

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Gary Graham scores the first try for Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons flanker Callum Chick scored an 89th minute try as they defeated Montpellier 23-20 in a bruising Heineken Champions Cup Pool 5 clash at Kingston Park.

The home side got off to a great start after Louis Picamoles was penalised for straying offside, giving Heineken Man of the Match Joel Hodgson the chance to slot over to the roars of the Kingston Park faithful.

Minutes later, Newcastle kept ball in hand and stretched the Montpellier defence before a Callum Green breakaway pushed the visitors into their own 22.

The ball finally reached Gary Graham who dived over in the corner, with Hodgson slotting over the conversion in tricky conditions.

The two sides then traded penalties with two goals kicked each by Hodgson and Ruan Pienaar, giving Newcastle a ten-point lead at the interval.

Montpellier dominated the second period and took advantage of a host of errors from Newcastle, with Pienaar trimming the gap down to four points with two penalty kicks.

The inevitable try then followed for the away side after Montpellier’s driving maul was eventually bundled over the try line by Paul Willemse.

Pienaar missed the conversion but was able to slot over a kickable penalty just minutes later, giving Montpellier a four-point lead as the clock turned red.

Hodgson then kicked two penalties into the Montpellier 22 as Newcastle attempted to power over the try line with little success.

But after 39 phases and in the 89th minute of the match, Callum Chick was able to find the strength to inch his way over the line and give Newcastle Falcons a historic victory at Kingston Park.

The Pool 5 leaders will now travel to face Edinburgh Rugby at BT Murrayfield in Round 3, while Montpellier will take on RC Toulon in an all-French clash.

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