Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Noon on High for Cup Clash

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Noon on High for Cup Clash

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Byline: By Duncan Madsen

Jamie noon captains the Falcons for only the second time in tonight's Heineken Cup clash against Edinburgh at Murrayfield looking to maintain his 100% record.

The 25-year-old Yorkshire-born centre leads out the Falcons as they aim for their fourth successive Heineken Cup win, joking: "I can say I'm the only Falcons player with a 100% record as captain after my one game as skipper, so maybe that swayed the decision my way.

"I captained the side against Northampton two weeks ago when Ian Peel was out and I'm obviously very pleased to have the chance again."

Despite claiming a bonus-point win over Edinburgh last weekend at Kingston Park, Noon and his squad have been working hard this week to eradicate the kind of errors they made in that performance.

"We were disappointed with the way the game started last Sunday, although we finished OK bar one defensive slip at the end," he said.

"We got maximum points, which is what we wanted, but we know we didn't play well and have had a big week in training to put that right.

"We know that if we play to the best of our ability then we're capable of handling whatever teams throw at us, and we need to win to keep the momentum up.

"But playing them back-to-back makes it an interesting week of preparation, because, having watched the tapes, we know what they do, and they know what we do."

Turning to the initial onslaught which Edinburgh produced at Kingston Park, Noon said: "Last week we were quite surprised at the way that they came down here and took the game to us up front. Being brutally honest we were shell-shocked, so it should be fascinating seeing what happens tonight.

"We didn't have the ball for the first 20 minutes and we're not used to teams coming to Kingston Park and dominating us like that, so this week there's been a massive emphasis on looking after the ball. …

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