Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tiesi: Confidence Can Put Falcons on Winning Path

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tiesi: Confidence Can Put Falcons on Winning Path

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Byline: Mark Smith Sports Writer mark.smith04@trinitymirror.com

GONZALO Tiesi says Newcastle Falcons' performances are on an upward curve going into Sunday's relegation crunch tie against Worcester.

Despite being win-less in the league since October and equalling their worst ever run of 11 Premiership defeats the Falcons have chipped away with bonus points and pushed teams close in recent weeks.

Last Saturday at Gloucester saw a remarkable comeback and a pair of bonus points in a 40-33 defeat, the Falcons also taking a losing bonus against both Harlequins and Northampton.

"It is just building up confidence, as we have been doing these last few games," said Tiesi, the Argentina centre.

"At times we have been playing well, and we have to stick with that. We created opportunities to score down at Gloucester after 60 minutes, and we played well for the first 20 without nailing those opportunities.

"At times we have struggled with that this season, putting pressure on to teams but not converting it, and conceding penalties which allow sides to hurt us. That is putting a lot of pressure on our own shoulders."

Noting a progression in their play despite victory eluding them, the 37-times-capped centre added: "What I have seen is that the team is growing and getting better. That is instilling con-fidence, even if the fact we aren't getting results brings you down a little bit.

"There are key moments in the games which are sometimes going the way of the opposition rather than ourselves, and the margin between scoring a try and conceding one can be very small.

Winning and getting confidence is the best way for things to start going out way, and at the moment that is not happening. That is where must improve." With his Newcastle side 12 points clear of the one and only relegation spot and just five games remaining for Worcester to rein in the deficit, Tiesi believes the Kingston Park club can play with less riding on it than the Warriors on Sunday. …

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