Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Injuries Can See Vickers Rack Up Falcons Century; Rob Set to Reach His Landmark against Harlequins

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Injuries Can See Vickers Rack Up Falcons Century; Rob Set to Reach His Landmark against Harlequins

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Byline: Mark Smith

ROB Vickers packs down for his 100th game as a Newcastle Falcon when Aviva Premiership leaders Harlequins visit Kingston Park tomorrow night, forming part of what is expected to be a new-look front-row.

The 30-year-old hooker (pictured right) will rack up a century of appearances after five seasons at the club, although injuries to Grant Shiells and Euan Murray look like side-lining the Scottish props for Vickers' big day.

Shiells left the field midway through last weekend's 42-15 loss at Leicester, while Murray is a major doubt after suffering a grade-two tear to his calf.

Jonny Golding's return to fitness may soften the blow on the loose-head side, but the absence of Murray in particular will be a blow as Newcastle look to bounce back from a six-try loss last time out.

"We had gone from putting in a good shift against London Irish, but did not follow it up down at Leicester," said Vickers, the England Saxons cap who became a Falcons player after graduating from Durham University.

"To go backwards in areas where we felt we had been improving was a real disappointment, but the key for us is to move on and right those wrongs against Harlequins."

Director of rugby Gary Gold echoed the theme, stating: "The big issue is the fact that we really let ourselves down at Leicester. "Just as we do not celebrate a victory for too long, we will not harp on about a defeat for more than is absolutely necessary. "The beauty of this game is that a few days later you get the opportunity to set things straight, but it does not get any easier against a class team like Harlequins."

With cut-price tickets available Vickers believes a bolstered Kingston Park crowd can contribute to his side enjoying the rub of the green from referees after a spate of yellow and red cards of late. …

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