Match reaction: Lyon 21-13 Newcastle Falcons

Saturday 21 January 2012 – 3.00pm

Matmut Stadium, Lyon

Amlin Challenge Cup Pool 2 #6

So our Falcons’ adventures in Europe are over for another season with this defeat in France.

It was always a long shot to go through this afternoon since we were relying on Petrarca Padova scoring an unlikely win over Toulon – and Toulon really stuck the boot into the champions of the boot-shaped country.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it over the Channel for the game and since BBC Newcastle don’t want the large audiences they get for the Falcons’ European away commentaries, I was roped into clothes shopping in Knightsbridge with wor lass.

Standing outside United Colours of Benetton at 2.30pm I remembered the game was on, and Twitter showed it was 7-7 with Redford Pennycook having scored.

Come half-time it was 7-10 and eventually 7-13.

However, while waiting for the lady to get us some McFlurries (I do like a Crunchie McFlurry) I realised it was 3.45pm. Did we see out the continental campaign with a win.

Newcastle United were winning 1-0 at Fulham, for the very little I cared about that. But a penalty try and then another had seen the Falcons beaten 21-13.

I see Ally Hogg spent some time in the bin. The Driving Scotsman must be somewhere near Ben Woods’ total of yellow cards for us by now.

Paul Moriarty will no doubt be annoyed that he has lost his 100% record as caretaker gaffer, but these few weeks are all about gelling a team together and trying to get some form and momentum before Bath in February.

Annoyingly I’ll be missing that trip too for the first time in 10 years. Not that that will make any difference to how we perform.

So back to today, the result wasn’t massively important but a defeat is never a good result and Gary Gold certainly has work to do.

The shopping expedition ended down in Clapham with a quick pint in a pub called The Falcon, not a bad place at all and obviously one we had to try.

Can’t believe I’ve never noticed it before, but then back when I used to visit an old friend in the area I turned right out of Clapham Junction, not left. Britain’s busiest railway station don’t you know.

So now it’s back to the LV= Cup, though it’ll be hard to qualify for what would inevitably another glorious semi-final, despite Tulip having left us.

See you at KP next Sunday!

Lyon tries: Ratuvou, Penalty, Tranier. Conversions: Thomas, Loursac 2.

Newcastle tries: Pennycook. Conversion: Gopperth. Penalties: Gopperth 2.

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