Newcastle, Northampton and Leicester all reach Challenge Cup semi-finals
Newcastle recovered from 14-0 down to claim their place in the semi-finals of the European Challenge Cup with a thrilling 28-24 defeat of Ospreys.
The Welsh side started superbly with early tries from Keiran Williams and Dan Evans but indiscipline cost them as the Falcons levelled at 14-14 before the interval.
The Falcons were then awarded a penalty try after an attacking maul was illegally collapsed.
With Adam Beard becoming the second Ospreys player to be shown the yellow card, Newcastle took charge after the break with Sam Robinson finishing off a fine move.
Philip van der Walt added another to make the game safe despite a reply from Tom Botha.
Tom Collins was Northampton’s late hero as Saints recovered from a 22-3 deficit to edge out Dragons in an 11-try spectacular.
Collins touched down with 74 minutes on the clock, just moments after team-mate Taqele Naiyaravoro had claimed his second, to cap a brilliant fightback.
Dragons had powered ahead with two Ashton Hewitt tries. Matthew Screech, Sam Davies and Leon Brown also crossed for the hosts but Naiyaravoro, Ollie Sleightholme, Alex Mitchell and Teimana Harrison responded before Naiyaravoro and Collins had the final say.
Leicester meanwhile held off a Connacht comeback to reach the next round.
Also through to the last eight are Italian side Benetton, who overcame Agen 29-16 in Treviso.
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