Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gold Asks Falcons to Keep on Giving Their All

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gold Asks Falcons to Keep on Giving Their All

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GARY Gold has called for more consistency from his Newcastle Falcons side ahead of Friday night's visit of Harlequins, writes MARK SMITH.

The Aviva Premiership's bottom side play host to the league leaders looking to bounce back from Saturday's 42-15 hammering at Leicester Tigers.

Newcastle's last home game produced a 19-10 win over London Irish, but Gold admitted: "We have got a long way to go as a team.

"I knew that when I came here a month ago, and it is very disappointing because you cannot afford to play well one week and then drop off the next.

"We need to start becoming consistent, but we do not have a lot of time."

The director of rugby added: "This is about standing together in adversity, showing support for each other and realising if we get our systems right we are quite a good team. When you are in adversity and your backs are against the wall, as we are right now, that is the time when you have to stick together. "That is really one of the biggest things I would like in my short time here, because you are always going to have good days and bad days.

"The bad days really test you, but you have to show courage and stand up.

"That is the beauty of this game - the fact it gives you the opportunity to do that just a few days later.

"I really want to make that point to the guys, because it is not going to get any easier." Harlequins, too, were beaten last weekend, with the table-toppers suffering a 29-23 loss at Gloucester. A touchline conversion with the very last kick by ex-New Zealand All Black fly-half Nick Evans rescued a losing bonus point, and Gold is expecting nothing other than a full-on encounter for the Kingston Park clash.

He added: "We are playing a top-of-thetable team in Harlequins on Friday night and if we do not improve on our efforts at Leicester we are going to be beaten.

"There is a lot to play for and we have had moments this season where we have showed what we are capable of doing when we stick to our systems and demonstrate our discipline. …

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