Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Can Cope with the Slope

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Can Cope with the Slope

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Byline: Mark Smith ? (0191) 201-6432 ?

NEWCASTLE Falcons scrum-half Rory Lawson hopes tomorrow's trip to Bedford will prove no uphill challenge despite the game being played on one of rugby's most pronounced slopes.

Goldington Road should be packed to the rafters for the meeting of the Championship's top two, although the match has lost its billing of the battle of the unbeaten sides following the Blues' loss at Bristol last weekend.

Famously sloping from corner to corner, Lawson said of the Midlands venue: "I have never played there personally before so it will all be new to me, but I have heard a lot about this slope.

"It has been mentioned during the week and we will try to pick up on it once we get down there and have a look at the place during the warm-up, but it is the same for both teams and it won't massively change our strategy."

Lawson was among the Falcons' four try-scorers last Friday as they mastered snowy conditions in a 33-0 demolition of Rotherham, sniping his way round the fringes of a ruck for the opening touchdown before linking up with the Scotland squad on Monday at St Andrews.

The former Gloucester man said: "I knew when I signed for Newcastle that I would have to play in some interesting conditions, but I never expected a blizzard in October!

"The way we adapted and played was never going to be perfect in that weather, but the fact that we nilled a decent team and got a bonus point at the other end showed a lot of what we are about now.

"We were backs to the wall during the second half, but we fronted up and defended well.

"There are always going to be areas to work on after every game, but on a night like that a lot of it is just being ready to play and being willing to bust a gut."

Equally proud of the zero they conceded as the 33 they scored, Lawson said: "We are getting better and better every week, and Graham Steadman as our defence coach is getting his points across. …

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