Newcastle Falcons’ Toby Flood

Eight tries in their last outing  will give the Newcastle Falcons plenty of confidence going into their away tie with Newport Gwent Dragons in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
The Falcons recorded a narrow bonus point victory in the return fixture at Kingston Park in October, but the Dragons have only lost once at home all season. A win in Wales on Friday night will secure qualification to the knock out stages of the tournament for the Falcons – who have won four of their last six games.
Falcons come into their next European match having touched down no less than eight tries in their previous match with Bordeaux, leaving them four points clear at the top of Pool 1. Falcons’ winger Adam Radwan will be looking to add to his tally of tries after crossing to score against the Dragons at Kingston Park and then twice in the win over Bordeaux.
It won’t be a walk in the park for Dean Richard’s men however, as the Dragons come into this one having only lost one home game all season. The Dragons currently sit second in Pool 1 and would go above Newcastle with a bonus point win on Friday night. A shut-out win against Enisei-STM, backing up an impressive 32-32 draw at home to Ulster means the Welsh side have a bit of form and will be full of confidence with their impressive home record.
It was a scrappy encounter the last time these sides met, as plenty of territory kicking was met with numerous handling errors meaning the Falcons had former England fly-half Toby Flood to thank for securing a narrow win as he kicked three penalties and two conversions.
However with only five points separating the two teams last time they met, Newcastle will have to bring their A-game if they are to beat their Welsh opponents. There’s plenty at stake for both sides as a place in the knockout stages of the tournament could hinge on Friday’s result.