Newcastle dropped to third in their European Rugby Challenge Cup group as they were thrashed by Lyon Olympique at Matmut Stadium.
Lyon wing Paul Bonnefond crossed for a hat-trick, and Jerome Porical converted all six of his side’s tries.
Daniel Temm put Newcastle ahead after four minutes but Lyon replied with three tries to lead 21-5 at the break.
Rob Vickers struck after half-time for Falcons, but three tries in the final 12 minutes secured Lyon a bonus point.
Newcastle, who are seventh in the Premiership, host Lyon in the return fixture on 18 December.
Lyon Olympique: Porical, F. Romanet, Bonnefond, T. Regard, Clunies-Ross, Loursac, Couilloud, Mavinga, Paulo, Botha, Lambey, Paulino, Fourie, Cretin, Browning.
Replacements: Potgieter for F. Romanet (61), Barassi for Clunies-Ross (21), Figuerola for Couilloud (71), Mataradze for Mavinga (66), Mapusua for Paulo (66), Kaabeche for Botha (66), C. Njewel for Paulino (52), Tison for Browning (63).
Newcastle: Catterick, Tait, Waldouck, Burdon, Kibirige, Connon, Egerton, Rogers, Sowrey, D. Wilson, Botha, Civetta, G. Young, Temm, Orr.
Replacements: Marshall for Catterick (57), Delany for Connon (57), Vickers for Rogers (41), Nelson for Sowrey (57), Foster for D. Wilson (26).
Not Used:Watson, M. Wilson, Hodgson.
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