Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Euro Trip Is Useful as Falcons Develop; RUGBY UNION UTTLEY ON RUGBY

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Euro Trip Is Useful as Falcons Develop; RUGBY UNION UTTLEY ON RUGBY

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Byline: with Roger Uttley

NEWCASTLE Falcons are in Italy tomorrow hoping to secure backto-back wins over Calvisano in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

I am not sure what Calvisano were expecting when they arrived at Kingston Park last Sunday, but they were on the end of a bit of a hammering as the Falcons ran in five tries in a 37-15 triumph.

It is important for the Falcons they set their own agenda in these games in terms of winning, not necessarily by playing fancy rugby but by playing in the right areas of the field. They cannot have the mind-set that, because they racked up a load of points last week, they are automatically going to do the same tomorrow.

Calvisano will be competitive, especially on home soil.

Most teams like playing at home and the confidence engendered by having a good in the Italian domestic competition can be a powerful for them.

With so much importance placed on the Premiership there is an argument to say the Amlin Challenge Cup could be a distraction, but it is not an argument I buy into. …

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