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Newcastle Falcons have had a setback in their bid to reach the knock-out stage of the European Challenge Cup.
Falcons lost to French side, Brive, by 9 points to 7 at Kingston Park tonight (Thursday).
Around two and a half thousand supporters at Kingston Park watched a frustrating match.
Falcons scored the only try of the game, but Brive went through thanks to three penalties - in a match of inconsistent refereeing decisions.
With the qualifying group tight, tonight's tie was effectively a 'winner takes all' contest for a place in the Quarter-Finals.
Brive now head Pool 3, with one round of games to play.
NEWCASTLE FALCONS 7 BRIVE 9
Newcastle Falcons travel to Exeter in the rugby union premiership this afternoon after a fortnight of European rugby.
After a fortnight of European rugby, the Newcastle Falcons are back to business in the Premiership, away to Exeter this weekend.
Exeter have established themselves in the top flight since promotion a few years ago and now compete at the top level of European rugby.
Director of Rugby Dean Richards said Exeter provide a decent blueprint for what the Falcons could also achieve.
Newcastle Falcons' Director of Rugby, Dean Richards, says he's looking forward to his side's match against Northampton Saints this weekend.
Newcastle Falcons' vice-captain Ally Hogg says the club are looking forward to Saturday's trip to Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership.
Dean Richards says Newcastle Falcons expected their first season back in the Premiership to be difficult.
The Falcons were beaten 21-0 by Bath in their opening match of the new campaign last Friday night. Speaking ahead of his side's trip to Sale tonight, the Falcons' Director of Rugby said:
"We always knew that it was going to be reasonably difficult this year and coming up against a Bath side that's heavily invested over the last 12 months and has a huge amount of strength in depth means that it was always going to be a difficult game."
He added: "I don't think it's a rude awakening. I think the boys understand exactly where they are and what they need to do. It's just going out sometimes and doing it."
Newcastle Falcons have made it into the finals of the JP Morgan Premiership Rugby 7's this evening. They will travel to Bath to compete with Leicester, Worcester, Gloucester, Harlequins and Saracens for the title.
The rugby season comes to an end this evening with Newcastle Falcons hoping to secure their return to the Premiership. They take a nine point lead into the second leg of their promotion play-off final against Bedford.
The match at Kingston Park kicks off at 7:45pm. Flanker, Mark Wilson hopes the home advantage will make all the difference.
Newcastle Falcons captain Will Welch says winning promotion is the club's "main objective" and it doesn't matter how they achieve it.
The Falcons face Bedford Blues in the RFU Championship Playoff Final first leg tonight, with the return leg at Kingston Park on May 29th. Speaking ahead of the tie, Welch says the end result is all that matters.
He said: "We said from the beginning our main objective is just getting promotion and however we do that it doesn't really matter to me, we've just got to get up there."
Jimmy Gopperth says Newcastle Falcons are "relaxed" and "looking forward" to their RFU Championship Playoff Final first leg against Bedford Blues tonight.
The club travel to Goldington Road this evening and will be hoping to win promotion to the Premiership in the return leg at Kingston Park on Wednesday 29th May.
Gopperth, who is leaving the Falcons for Leinster at the end of the current campaign, says he hopes to end the season on a high.
The Fly-half said: "Nothing would please me better than to lift that trophy at the end of the two games and have the satisfaction that the boys are going to be back to where they belong and playing in the top flight."