Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Unleash Dogs of War,roars Jon

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Unleash Dogs of War,roars Jon

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Byline: MARK SMITH

FALCONS prop Jon Golding has called on his Newcastle side to unleash the dogs of war as they take on Leeds Carnegie in tomorrow's basement battle.

The England loose-head and his side travel to Headingley knowing that a win would add much-needed daylight between themselves and their Yorkshire hosts as they sit just three points above the Aviva Premiership dropspot.

"We've got to fight like dogs in every game, and I'll be right at the front with the rest of the lads," said Golding, fresh from signing a new two-year deal to stay at Kingston Park.

"Leeds are a tough side who fight for each other, and if you're going to beat a team like that you've got to match them in the physicality department. We're all geared up for it, but it's going to be a real fiery game, for sure."

The Falcons make three changes from the side which was beaten by Exeter last time out, with front-row partner Euan Murray unavailable due to religious reasons for the Sunday clash.

"Any player of that quality will be missed, but we've got a fantastic tight-head in Kieran Brookes to step in, as well as great quality on the bench with James Hall," said Golding.

"We have great depth in the props these days, and I've got no worries at all with Kieran because he's a strong scrummager and does a lot around the park as well."

Aware that his own forward battleground will have a major say in the outcome of the match, the 28-year-old added: "Leeds have got a fantastic scrum, and against both Northampton and Saracens they put them under a lot of pressure in that department.

"Their whole forward pack is really strong and niggly - they're hard workers and we have to beat their energy levels.

"Their backs are very physical as well, and from one to 15 I don't think there's a bad player in their side."

Having disappointed a host of suitors around the Premiership with his decision to remain a Falcons player for the next two seasons, the Ashington-born scrummager said: "It was a tough decision in a way, but I love the area and the club so it was a bit of a nobrainer. …

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