Full Time

FULL TIME | Y CHWIBAN OLAF - Newcastle 20 Cardiff Blues 33. Tries from Hallam Amos and Tomos Williams, a penalty try and the boot of Jarrod Evans secures a winning start to Cardiff Blues' European campaign.



It's a penalty try after a rampant driving line-out, and it's a double blow for Newcastle as Mark Wilson is sent to the sin bin. 20-33 #ERChallengeCup


A good clearance from Newcastle, but the ball was passed back into the 22, so there is a good attacking opportunity here as Cory Hill claims the resulting line-out. 17-26 #ERChallengeCup


Penalty Goal (Opp.)

We're back to a one-score game as Joel Hodgson's penalty puts Newcastle within six. 17-26 #ERChallengeCup


Good work between Amos and Morgan to clear a tricky Newcastle kick. 17-26 #ERChallengeCup



Full change in the front row sees Ethan Lewis, Rhys Carre and Scott Andrews all taking to the field. 17-26 #ERChallengeCup



A few changes made here as Gwilym Bradley is introduced at back row, while Max Llewellyn and Mason Grady are introduced to the backline. 17-26 #ERChallengeCup



Lloyd Williams replaces try scorer Tomos Williams at scrum half. 17-26 #ERChallengeCup


Penalty Goal

Evans makes it six from six from the tee to extend the lead to nine points. 17-26 #ERChallengeCup



Tomos Williams shoots out of the line to intercept his opposite number. A kicking battle follows, but Amos opts for the up-and-under and takes it brilliantly in the air before offloading to Williams who has a clear path to run in from outside the 22. 17-23 #ERChallengeCup


Penalty Goal

Jarrod Evans' third penalty of the evening makes it a tight one here, with a single point separating the sides. 17-16 #ERChallengeCup


Good initial bust from Millard puts some momentum in attack, and more yards are won by a lovely looped pass from Smith to find Amos on the left. Play is in the Newcastle 22. 17-13 #ERChallengeCup


Kick Off

We're back underway in Newcastle as Jarrod Evans gets the game restarted. 17-13 #ERChallengeCup


Half Time

HALF TIME | HANNER AMSER - Newcastle Falcons 17 Cardiff Blues 13 - Early try for Amos and a couple of penalties for Evans, but it's the hosts who lead at the interval after tries from Wacokecoke and Stuart.


Garyn Smith and Sam Moore leading the charge in defence with some thumping hits. With only five seconds remaining of the half, Hodgson kicks out on the full. One final opportunity here to attack. 17-13 #ERChallengeCup


Try (Opp.)

Newcastle counter, with Blamire once again causing problems for the defence, and tidy, short passes sees Sam Stuart clear to cross in the corner. Hodgson is accurate with his conversion. The hosts are ahead. 17-13 #ERChallengeCup


The scrum still enjoying the upper hand and win the penalty to bring play out of the 22 after a period of pressure from Newcastle. 10-13 #ERChallengeCup


Good line speed to put pressure on Hodgson's pass and Tomos Williams' does enough to force a handling error from Bailey Ransom. 10-13 #ERChallengeCup


Turnbull is penalised at the breakdown, and Hodgson sends the home side into the corner. 10-13 #ERChallengeCup


Penalty Goal

Evans adds another penalty and we're back ahead here in Kingston Park. 10-13 #ERChallengeCup


Final warning for Falcons as they concede another penalty deep in their own 22. Evans will look to regain the lead from the tee. 10-10 #ERChallengeCup


Try (Opp.)

It's an instant response from the hosts. Hooker Jamie Blamire makes the crucial break down the middle to put the Falcons on the front foot, and wing George Wacokecoke takes full advantage to strike back. Hodgson's conversion is good. It's all square. 10-10 #ERChallengeCup



TRY! Smith does well to pick up the scraps in midfield and break past the first tackle. The ball is worked through the hands of Moore to Morgan, who draws the final man and sends Amos in at the corner. Stunning conversion from Evans. 10-3 #ERChallengeCup


While we have a short break in play, interestingly, full back Alex Tait is the sole survivor from when these sides met in the Challenge Cup quarter final back in 2010 - and we all remember what happened that year! 3-3 #ERChallengeCup


Harri Millard spins out of the tackle and feeds Garyn Smith on his outside. The centre kicks ahead into the opposition 22, and Tait clears. 3-3 #ERChallengeCup


Penalty Goal (Opp.)

Captain Joel Hodgson brings the scores back level after Cardiff Blues were penalised for offside. 3-3 #ERChallengeCup


Penalty Goal

No mistakes from Evans from a straight-forward effort in front of the sticks to get the scoreboard ticking. 0-3 #ERChallengeCup


Plenty of possession and territory in these opening exchanges. Not much give in the Newcastle defence, but Cardiff Blues do manage to force a third penalty. Evans will this time go for the sticks. 0-0 #ERChallengeCup


A dominant scrum from the visitors as they win the penalty in the hosts' 22. Excellent work from the Fat Dragon duo in the front row! 0-0 #ERChallengeCup


Garyn Smith trucks it up from the line-out, and now Cardiff Blues go through the phases in the Newcastle 22. 0-0 #ERChallengeCup


Matthew Morgan takes an early high ball under pressure. Tomos Williams returns the favour and the hosts concede a penalty after Hallam Amos is blocked on the chase. Good kick from Jarrod Evans brings us within 10m of the try line. 0-0 #ERChallengeCup


Kick Off

KICK OFF | Y GIC GYNTAF - Home skipper Joel Hodgson gets us underway here at Kingston Park. 0-0 #ERChallengeCup