Challenge Cup: Friday wrap

Date published: October 24 2014

London Irish made it two wins from two with a win away in Grenoble on a busy night in the European Challenge Cup.

London Irish made it two wins from two with a win away in Grenoble on a busy night in the European Challenge Cup.

Elsewhere Bayonne went down at La Rochelle while Zebre picked up a win in Brive.

Later Newcastle stunned the Dragons as they fought back for a second win in as many games.

And in the final game Edinburgh saw off a tenacious Lyon side to top their pool.

Brive 21-26 Zebre
Grenoble 15-25 London Irish
La Rochelle 25-13 Bayonne
Dragons 26-30 Newcastle
Edinburgh 25-17 Lyon

Dragons 26-30 Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle came from behind to record a thrilling victory away against the Dragons to move top of their Challenge Cup pool.

Mark Wilson and Will Witty went over early in the second half as the Falcons overcame a 20-13 half-time lead to emerge victorious.

The Dragons had looked like making it two wins from two thanks to three first-half tries from Matthew Pewtner, Taulupe Faletau and Ashley Smith.

But Lee Smith, who had gone over for a first-half try, added what proved to be a decisive penalty 15 minutes from time to secure the win.

The scorers:

For Dragons:
Tries: Pewtner, Faletau, Smith
Con: Prydie
Pens: O’Brien, Prydie 2

For Newcastle:
Tries: Smith, Wilson, Witty
Cons: Clegg 3
Pens: Clegg 2, Smith
Yellow card: Tait

The teams:

Dragons: 15 Lee Byrne (c); 14 Matthew Pewtner, 13 Tom Prydie, 12 Ashley Smith, 11 Hallam Amos; 10 Angus O’Brien, 9 Richie Rees; 1 Boris Stankovich, 2 Elliot Dee, 3 Dan Way, 4 James Thomas, 5 Rynard Landman, 6 Lewis Evans, 7 Nic Cudd, 8 Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: 16 T Rhys Thomas, 17 Phil Price, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Andrew Coombs, 20 Andy Powell, 21 Jonathan Evans, 22 Dorian Jones, 23 Aled Brew

Newcastle Falcons: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Alex Tait, 13 Tom Penny, 12 Chris Harris, 11 Lee Smith, 10 Rory Clegg, 9 Ruki Tipuna, 8 Mark Wilson 7 Andy Saull, 6 Will Welch, (c) 5 Sean Robinson, 4 Scott Macleod, 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Rob Hawkins, 1 Rob Vickers.
Replacements: 16Alex Rogers, 17 Eric Fry, 18 Oliver Tomaszczyk, 19 Will Witty, 20 Dan Temm, 21 Andy Davies, 22 Craig Willis, 23 Tom Catterick

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Assistant referees: Jonathan Gasnier (France), Arnaud Blondel (France)
Timekeeper: Tony Rowlands (Wales)
Assessor: Jack Young (Ireland)

Grenoble 15-25 London Irish

London Irish made it two wins from two in the Challenge Cup as they battled past Grenoble at the Stade Lesdigui