Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Moriarty Praises Team despite Disappointing Loss

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Moriarty Praises Team despite Disappointing Loss

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PAUL MORIARTY was quick to credit his Newcastle Falcons side for their good work despite Saturday's 21-13 defeat in Lyon.

The Welshman was once again in interim charge as new director of rugby Gary Gold beds in, and he praised his youthful XV after a spirited performance.

"There were a lot of pleasing aspects, but we are obviously disappointed not to have won," said Moriarty.

"For an hour we were very competitive, despite giving away a simple try to let them take the early lead. We showed great character to come straight back from that and score an excellent try ourselves." He added: "At half-time being in a 10-7 lead we felt really good about it, and we were doing exactly what we had spoken about all week in terms of playing a tactical kicking game and picking off territory.

"We upped our intensity when we entered the strike zone, and it continued in the start of the second half when we got great position and kicked a penalty for 13-7."

Ally Hogg's sinbinning on the hour mark ended up as the game's turning point, with Moriarty stating: "Lyon scored both of the crucial tries during those 10 minutes, and that is the way that games of rugby are decided these days. …

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