2020-21 European Rugby Challenge Cup – Ospreys vs Newcastle Falcons Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Ospreys vs Newcastle Falcons taking place? Saturday 3rd April, 2021 – 15:00 (UK)

Where is Ospreys vs Newcastle Falcons taking place? Liberty Stadium, Plasmarl

Where can I get tickets for Ospreys vs Newcastle Falcons? Visit official club websites for ticket information

What television channel is Ospreys vs Newcastle Falcons on? BT Sport have the rights to televise European Rugby Challenge Cup matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Ospreys vs Newcastle Falcons? If televised, BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

THE TEAM NEWS

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 George North, 13 Owen Watkin, 12 Kieran Williams, 11 Keelan Giles, 10 Luke Price, 9 Reuben Morgan-Williams, 8 Morgan Morris, 7 Justin Tipuric (c), 6 Will Griffiths, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Adam Beard, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Sam Parry, 1 Nicky Smith

Replacements: 16 Ifan Phillips, 17 Garyn Phillips, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Rhys Davies, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Josh Thomas, 23 Mat Protheroe

Newcastle: 15 Tom Penny, 14 George Wacokecoke, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Peter Lucock, 11 Ben Stevenson, 10 Brett Connon, 9 Micky Young, 8 Callum Chick, 7 Mark Wilson (c), 6 Will Welch, 5 Sean Robinson, 4 Greg Peterson, 3 Logovi’i Mulipola, 2 George McGuigan, 1 Trevor Davison

Replacements: 16 Jamie Blamire, 17 Kyle Cooper, 18 Mark Tampin, 19 Darren Barry, 20 Philip van der Walt, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Joel Matavesi, 23 Morgan Passman

THE PREDICTION

The Pro14’s Ospreys just snuck into Champions Cup qualification for next season with a last, huge win over champions Leinster and they look one of the surprise form sides in this revamped Challenge Cup, though they will be sorry to see their lead at the former table dashed. They are fortunate to host Newcastle Falcons now and not earlier in the season as the visitors’ early Premiership form was frightening but they have stalled to a four-match losing streak now after Leicester beat them 26-12 last Sunday. Ospreys have finished their domestic campaign and can focus solely on their endeavours here with their win over Leinster able to propel them towards covering -5 at home against the stuttering Falcons.

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