Newcastle’s St James’ Park will host this season’s final and the Falcons were in a commanding position to reach the knockouts after starting their campaign with two straight victories, but a double-header against Edinburgh has seen the Scottish side seize control of the group.
After easing to a 31-13 home win last time out, Edinburgh overturned a half-time deficit at Kingston Park to triumph again 21-8 and move onto 15 points at the summit.
Sinoti Sinoti scored the only try of the opening period for Newcastle after 18 minutes, but penalties limited their lead to 8-6 at the interval.
— Edinburgh Rugby (@EdinburghRugby) December 16, 2018
Newcastle slipped three points below second-placed Montpellier after the Top 14 side defeated Toulon 34-13 and claimed a bonus point.
Tries from Jan Serfontein, Henry Immelman, Vincent Giudicelli and Ruan Pienaar put Montpellier in the driving seat and, despite Mamuka Gorgodze’s 55th-minute response, Levan Chilachava capped a fine win.
The French side made a flying start with Teddy Iribaren, Juan Imhoff and Virimi Vakatawa all crossing in the first 20 minutes, and George Worth’s try before half-time could not turn the tide.
Racing cruised through the second period and Imhoff went over again late on to secure a bonus-point 34-11 win in Leicester.
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