Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rugby Union: Noon Frustrated as Falcons' Efforts Fall Short; SCRUM DOWN

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rugby Union: Noon Frustrated as Falcons' Efforts Fall Short; SCRUM DOWN

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

JAMIE Noon believes producing greater consistency within games is the way to address Newcastle Falcons' disappointing start to the season, and the England centre has warned his team-mates it is solely down to them to find it.

Individual errors have blighted a campaign which has not been disastrous but in which the team has not lived up to its potential either.

Last Thursday's European Challenge Cup defeat in Brive was a case in point, where mistakes from the visitors were arguably the biggest factor in the French side's 36-22 victory.

Noon is anxious to see that changed and has told his colleagues they must grasp the nettle rather than relying on the coaching staff to put things right.

"When you go away from home and play a side like Brive you always want to be in contention so it was a massive disappointment when we came away with nothing," he said. "We'd put in a lot of good effort and let ourselves down in crucial areas. That's been the case a couple of times this year, especially away from home.

"It's a team sport and I suppose there's always going to be an element of mistakes.

We want to string some great wins together and go on a bit of a run but we've not quite been there.

"We've done quite well in games but at the moment we can't do it for 80 minutes.

"We are playing quite well in games, we're just having lapses of concentration and mistakes or even quality or craft from the opposition is letting us down a bit.

We're getting there and we're working hard to get there. We're definitely making improvements towards where we want to be."

Noon's frustration is compounded by a feeling that as soon as the team have cut out one problem, another appears.

"In the game we play there's so many different variables and so many different things going on that you can't train for everything every day or even every week," he said. …

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