European Challenge Cup
Falcons hold off Parma
December 6, 2008
Fly-half Rob Miller was on target for the Falcons to keep his side's euro hopes alive
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Newcastle held of a determined challenge from Overmach Parma to register a 20-14 victory in their European Challenge Cup Pool 4 clash.
Ben Irving gave the hosts the lead with a penalty just past the quarter-hour but Falcons fly-half Rob Miller levelled this up before Danny Williams touched down to put the visitors in control. Miller added the conversion and another penalty to take the Premiership side into a ten point lead but Irving reduced the arrears before the break with his secind successful kick.
The home side raised their game after the break and a try from Roberto Quartaroli brought them to within one point of the visitors and an Irving penalty shortly after gave them a narrow lead.
But back the Falcons came with John Rudd notching a try as the game entered the final quarter and Miller added the conversion to give them some more breathing space.
The victory over the previously unbeaten Parma keeps Newcastle's quarter-final hopes alive ahead of a re-match with the Italian Super 10 side at Kingston Park next weekend.
Overmach Rugby Parma: (6) 14
Newcastle Falcons: (13) 20
Overmach Rugby Parma: G Rubini, R Pavan (R Mariani 76), H Pedersen, P Emerick, R Quartaroli, B Irving, J Pellicena (A Chillon 47), A de Marchi (G Fontana 47), D Giazzon, A Winter (M Ravalle 65), A Ainley, P Taele, F Minto (P Sciarretta 53), L Pascu, M Vosawai (J Soffredini 72)
Yellow Card - P Taele (61)
Newcastle Falcons: S Jones (J Rudd 50), D Williams, J Noon, T Tu'ipulotu, T May, R Miller, H Charlton, J Golding (M Ward 65), M Thompson (R Vickers 69), D Wilson, T Swinson, M Sorensen, A Balding (A Perry 54), B Wilson, P Dowson [capt] (P Browne 69)
Referee: Stephan Pomarede (France)
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