The Newcastle Falcons reclaimed top spot in their European Challenge Cup group with a dominant display to win 54-24 against Bordeaux-Begles. 

Both sides made it an entertaining game but it was the Falcons who impressed more in a compelling first half, running up a 38-17 first half lead.

Three tries were scored in a frenetic first nine minutes, the first try was finished in the corner by lock Calum Green after some good pressure by the Falcons pack with Craig Willis converting from out wide.

Bordeaux hit back almost instantly when fly-half Matthieu Jalibert broke the Falcons line with some magnificent running and offloaded to Yann Lesgourges who finished off the move under the posts.

Soon the Falcons were back in front after good work from fly-half Willis who fed winger Adam Radwan to touch down in the corner to reclaim the lead for the Falcons.

That was short lived however, as Jalibert converted a penalty and followed that up with a try under the posts to put Bordeaux in the lead.

After Willis was denied a try by the TMO, captain Mark Wilson finished strongly in the 28th minute after a ruck, followed up three minutes later in the 31st minute by the bonus point, and Radwan’s second of the afternoon, converted once again by Willis to put the Falcons firmly in control.

Falcons’ hooker Ben Sowrey showed immense strength to score and on the stroke of half time they followed this up by scoring a truly memorable try.

The Falcons showed courage with a counter-attack from their own 22, running it the length of the field before Willis’ grubber kick bounced back off the post leaving him the simple task of finishing and converting.

The tempo inevitably slowed in the second half and it was Bordeaux who struck back on the 57th minute through winger Geoffrey Cros in the corner.

The Falcons responded to finish the game the stronger team when Alex Tait finished after good work from Wilson.

Josh Matavesi then ensured the Falcon’s fans would go home happy by scoring in the 77th minute, converted by substitute Joel Hodgson, capping off a wonderful free flowing game.