7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
The English side now have an unexpected uphill battle to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Newcastle struck first with a penalty goal from former Cardiff man Liam Botham, who had taking over the kicking duties from Jonny Wilkinson with the star outside-half absent with an injured shoulder.
At this point it looked as it this game was going to run true to form, but Treviso were determined not to let their glamorous visitors overpower them, and after 15 minutes they scored a fantastic try to stir the home support.
Wing Nicola Mazzucato touched down in the corner after an excellent back-line move.
Former Irish international Simon Mason converted from out wide, and the full-back added a penalty 10 minutes later to give the hosts a 10-3 half-time lead.
Newcastle came out fighting after the break, but resolute Treviso defence kept them out and it was the hosts who scored nex
Mason increased the Treviso lead, sending over a penalty for 13-3.
And it was that man Mason who scored Treviso's second try on the hour, and he converted to effectively seal the match.
The Falcons gave themselves some hope 15 minutes later when Botham took advantage of Joe Shaw's quick penalty to touch over in the corner, Botham missed the conversion wasting an opportunity to reduce the deficit.
Newcastle pressed for a further try but in the dying seconds of the game Treviso hit them on the break and scrum-half Tommaso Vinsentin scored a valuable try which Mason converted to give the Italian side an impressive 27-8 victory.