Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Levi: We Were Pants Last Week; Filipo Wants to Vent Frustration on the French

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Levi: We Were Pants Last Week; Filipo Wants to Vent Frustration on the French

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Byline: NICK PUREWAL

FILIPO LEVI reckons he had a pretty good game down at Gloucester - but he did not enjoy the experience.

Upset by the Falcons' second straight Premiership defeat, Samoa No 8 Levi admitted he would have preferred to endure a torrid personal afternoon if it helped Newcastle to a Kingsholm win.

Breaking the line in midfield twice to set strong first-half platforms that his side failed to capitalise on, Levi said he was far from the only frustrated Falcon in the west country.

Newcastle entertain Montauban at Kingston Park in the European Challenge Cup tonight (kick-off 7.45pm), where Levi will clash with old friends and fellow Islanders Vilimoni Delasau and Shannon Paku.

Hoping for a win, whatever his personal effort, he said: "I thought I played well at the weekend, but if I play well and the team doesn't win then it doesn't really mix, so it doesn't mean much.

"It was tough on Saturday because I felt like I had a decent enough game and we made a lot of ground in a few situations, but we just couldn't finish off our chances.

"We put ourselves in the right areas of the field in the first half - but whenever we got close, we failed to turn the pressure into points.

"We should have scored at least one try in the first half and not to do that was really frustrating for everyone.

"It is a bit weird when you make a break, take the ball in and then pick yourself up to find that the move has broken down or the ball has been turned over, but every player's experienced that.

"It's just one of those things and I'm sure there will have been times when someone else has looked up to see me spilling the ball or something similar after they had made a good break.

"So you just have to get on with it, and we all did down at Gloucester. "But that was Saturday, it's gone and we have to move on and learn from it.

"We're still playing pretty well despite the two defeats, so hopefully we can take that forward, build on the things that we did well and improve the bits that weren't so good. …

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