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Brive keep up impressive start

John Fallon

Published 13/11/2015 | 02:30

Tom Catterick of Newcastle Falcons during the Aviva Premiership match against Northampton Saints on October 24, 2015
Tom Catterick of Newcastle Falcons during the Aviva Premiership match against Northampton Saints on October 24, 2015

Brive, who will visit the Sportsground tomorrow week, warmed up for their European campaign with a fifth win from eight games in the Top 14 when they defeated Bordeaux Begles 16-3 at the weekend.

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Brive will kick off their bid for Challenge Cup glory when they entertain Newcastle Falcons in France this evening, bidding to build on an impressive start to the season.

They led 3-0 at the break at Stade Amedee Domenech when the in-form Gartan Gaetan landed a 17th-minute penalty and he doubled their lead early in the second half.

The key score came after 57 minutes when long-serving centre Guillaume Namy got over for the only try of the game.

The win took Brive up to fifth in the table on 22 points, just seven points behind leaders Clermont Auvergne. Newcastle Falcons, meanwhile, are continuing to endure a tough start to the Premiership.

They have lost all four games to date and remain rooted to the foot of the table with not even a bonus point as they fell to their fourth loss away to Worcester Warriors 28-20 in an entertaining clash in front of 7,987 at Sixways.

Worcester had the bonus point in the bag by half-time but Falcons kept in touch with tries from Mickey Young and Tom Catterick.

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