Rugby: Unbeaten Falcons in record run

Former Hawke's Bay Magpies rugby coach Peter Russell's Newcastle Falcons are just two games from completing an amazing unbeaten record in their English championship's 22-game preliminary rounds with another win on Good Friday.

Already assured of No1 ranking for the playoffs later this month, Newcastle beat Channel Islands side Jersey 34-12 in Newcastle.

It was the side's 20th consecutive win in the 12-team home-and-away stages of The Championship, from which the Falcons hope to be promoted back to Premier rugby for next season.

Newcastle are 26pts clear of second-placed Nottingham, who have had six losses.

The Falcons have scored 638pts and conceded 223, while Nottingham have scored 570 and conceded 353.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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