Sunday 4 December 2016

Newcastle on revenge mission

John Fallon

Published 25/09/2015 | 02:30

George McGuigan (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
George McGuigan (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Newcastle Falcons are the only one of Connacht's Challenge Cup opponents in action this weekend.

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Dean Richards' men will host Leicester Tigers at Kingston Park tonight in the Kings of the North competition the two clubs have organised with Sale Sharks.

And the Falcons will be on something of a revenge mission against Munster's Champions Cup opponents as Leicester Tigers turned them over 36-19 at Welford Road last weekend.

A crowd of 17,797 turned out to watch the encounter, with the sides level at 19-19 apiece at the break.

Hooker George McGuigan, captain and flanker Will Welch and out-half Craig Willis got the tries for a Newcastle side who lost their opening game in the tournament to Sale Sharks.

But their hopes of victory were blown away in the second-half as Leicester ran in a couple of tries to the three they scored in the opening period.

They will be hoping for better fortune this evening in Newcastle as English clubs keep up their preparations for their own premiership which will not kick off until the middle of next month.

The French Top 14 will not resume until the middle of next month as well when Connacht's opponents Brive will bid to build on a decent start to the campaign.

They are in eighth place on nine points after winning their two home games. But they will face a stiff test when the competition resumes as they will host Toulon.

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