European Rugby Champions Cup: Newcastle Falcons 8-21 Edinburgh

Jaco van der Walt
South African fly-half Jaco van der Walt's accurate kicking earned Edinburgh 11 points
European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 5
Newcastle Falcons: (8) 8
Try: Sinoti Pen: Flood
Edinburgh: (6) 21
Tries: Johnstone, Van der Merwe Con: Van der Walt Pens: Van der Walt 3

Edinburgh edged closer to the Champions Cup quarter-finals after victory over Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park.

Duhan van der Merwe and James Johnstone's tries sealed a win that keeps them top of Pool Five.

Newcastle wing Sinoti Sinoti's perfectly timed run allowed him to cross in the first half.

Falcons fell behind Montpellier to third in the pool, seven points behind Edinburgh, but could still reach the last eight with two games remaining.

Champions Cup Pool 5

A tough pool to call

Nine points separate the four teams in Pool Five, with Vern Cotter's Montpellier second and three-time champions Toulon fourth.

Four-try bonus points could prove crucial, but Edinburgh squandered their first-half attacking ball inside the home 22.

Newcastle wing Vereniki Goneva took his chance when it came, though, racing up the left wing and sending Sinoti over.

The visitors piled on the pressure at the end of the first half, coming within metres of the tryline, but chose to take three points through the boot of fly-half Jaco van der Walt.

Edinburgh showed more intent after the break as Henry Pyrgos chipped the ball over the Newcastle defensive line and centre Johnstone gathered to go under the posts.

Van der Walt extended the visitors' lead to two scores with his third penalty in the 61st minute.

And Van der Merwe wrapped up the victory, taking a superb Blair Kinghorn offload and outsprinting the covering defence to touch down in the corner.

Teams

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards said:

"They played better than us. They're a good team. We gave away five or six costly penalties in attack.

"We've got to win our next two games and get bonus points but we still have a chance."

Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill said:

"It's a great result for us - we just came here to win and we had a plan. We made some errors but over 80 minutes we were the better team.

"We've got to go to Toulon which is going to be a massive ask for us. It will come down to that last game whatever."

Newcastle: Hammersley, Goneva, Harris, Williams, Sinoti, Flood (capt), Takulua; Lockwood, Cooper, Davison, Green, Cavubati, Wilson, Hardie, Nagusa.

Replacements: Arscott for Williams (10), Graham for Nagusa (15), Burrows for Young (41), McGuigan for Cooper (61), Mavinga for Lockwood (61), Payne for Davison (75), Stuart for Takulua (75)

Not used: Connon

Edinburgh: Kinghorn; Graham, Johnstone, Dean, Van der Merwe; Van der Walt, Pyrgos; Dell, McInally (c), Nel, Toolis, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Watson, Mata

Replacements: Schoeman for Dell (47), Berghan for Nel (66), Cherry for McInally (68), Hunter-Hill for Toolis (75), Crosbie for Watson (75), Hickey for van der Walt (75), Fowles for Pyrgos (77), Socino for Dean (77)

Ref: Alexandre Ruiz (France)

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