Newcastle Falcons have made it back-to-back wins in the Amlin Challenge Cup after a thumping victory over Italian champions Petrarca Padova on Saturday.
The Falcons who defeated Lyon last week ran in six tries to secure a bonus point victory and set-up a mouth-watering tie with star-studded Toulon at Kingston Park on Thursday 8 December (kick-off 7.45pm).
An enthusiastic Stadio Plebiscito crowd which included an army of travelling Falcons fans watched on as Alan Tait’s men displayed a predatory touch in attack.
And with the recent arrival of Adriaan Fondse, Taiasina Tu’ifua and Suka Hufanga to the North East things are certainly on the up for the Tyneside unit ahead of a series of crucial Aviva Premiership clashes.
In perfect conditions for free-flowing rugby Newcastle looked to give the ball air right from the off and were rewarded for their ambition on 19 minutes when Jamie Helleur scored in the bottom right corner.
Jeremy Manning’s quick-tap penalty provided the ammunition for Alex Tait to create an opening for the Samoan who skipped past his marker to touchdown.
Manning added the extras with a sublime touchline conversion and the northeasterners were in business at 7-0 up.
The Kiwi doubled his side’s tally six minutes later with a try in the other corner following a sweeping move which showcased some neat handling by the forwards.
Ally Hogg and Tim Swinson set the platform with some nimble hands before flanker Redford Pennycook flung the ball wide to the back division with Manning finishing off the move.
Manning converted his own score to give the visitors a 14-0 advantage going into the break.
Tait’s men came out for the second period eager to extend their lead and on 44 minutes Swinson got his name on the score sheet with a pushover try from the scrum.
19-0 in front the Kingston Park outfit continued to pressurise Petrarca’s rearguard in the hunt for more points on the board.
Newcastle’s attacking intent paid dividends as Ryan Shortland illustrated a combination of football skills and electric pace to cross the whitewash.
Shortland received the ball wide on the left before chipping over the top of an onrushing Italian to touchdown. Manning was unable to convert and the score remained 24-0.
The hosts did reduce the arrears minutes later courtesy of an Eoghan Hickey penalty in front of the posts. But with half-an-hour left on the clock, replacement Joe Graham crashed over to add more gloss to the score-line.
Rikki Sheriffe who was another second-half replacement went close to opening his Falcons account with a score but a slip at the last moment denied the Yorkshire flyer.
Swinson had the final say with a try at the death to round off a good day’s work in the picturesque town.
The London-born forward found himself in acres of space wide right to ease in for a five point score and rubber-stamp a 34-3 triumph.
An away date with Harlequins next week is next on the agenda followed by a home Aviva Premiership showdown with Gloucester on Friday 2 December (kick-off 8pm).
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Newcastle Falcons: Goosen; Tait, Helleur, Eves, Shortland; Manning, Chudley; Wells, Mayhew, Murray, Hudson (capt), Van der Heijden, Swinson, Pennycook, Hogg.
Replacements: Graham, Shiells, Hall, Townson, Welch, Pilgrim, Fitzpatrick, Sheriffe
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland).