Falcons shot down by Brive
Newcastle Falcons' stuttering start to the Amlin Challenge Cup continued with a 23-16 defeat to Brive at the Stade Amedee-Domenech.
Tries by Scott Lawson and Ryan Shortland in either half helped the Newcastle cause but Phil Godman missed seven points with the boot as the visitors fell short.
Newcastle secured a losing bonus point but on the back of their narrow win in Bucharest they lost top spot in Pool Three to Brive.
Former Scotland hooker Lawson handed Newcastle an ideal start when he powered over just a minute after Brive lost second-row forward Simon Pinet to a yellow card.
Brive then hit back with 10 points in the space of three minutes before half-time, all scored by Thomas Laranjeira.
The centre kicked a second penalty and converted his own try to put Brive 13-5 ahead at the break but was off-target with a drop goal early in the second half.
Ryan Shortland made him pay with Newcastle's second try but Godman failed to add the extras.
He finally found his range with a penalty to level the scores at 13-13 after 50 minutes.
The Falcons had their tails up and more pressure saw Fabien Laurent sin-binned and Godman kicked the resulting penalty.
That was cancelled out by Laranjeira after Falcons replacement Oliver Tomaszczyk became the third played to be shown a yellow card.
Man of the match Venione Voretamaya secured Brive's win with a try just moments after Godman missed a third kick.