Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Falcons Can Keep Up the Momentum and Score More Wins; 52 THE RUGBY UNION UTTLEY ON RUGBY with Roger Uttley

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Falcons Can Keep Up the Momentum and Score More Wins; 52 THE RUGBY UNION UTTLEY ON RUGBY with Roger Uttley

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HAVING finally broken their Premiership duck last weekend against Exeter, the challenge for Newcastle Falcons at London Welsh tomorrow is to make sure they maintain that same level of intensity.

To match, or even better, that outcome would put the Falcons on a much surer footing, and if they can achieve a try-bonus or a clean sheet for tries-against it would be quite a statement to make.

First things first, they need to overcome a London Welsh side who, despite having suffered quite a few drubbings this season, have got some good players.

They cannot be underestimated, and when sides of a similar level are prepared in a similar fashion, the margins are incredibly fine.

What it comes down to is the 50-50 balls and who wants it that little bit more. You could see the Falcons were desperate for it against Exeter and that made such a difference.

They can't now let this moment go and just be satisfied with that one-off win. They need to go down with a clear intention of back-to-back victories, and if they do that, it is another significant step forward.

They have got to keep it going and they now know they can be competitive against the top sides. I had the pleasure of being at Kingston Park on Sunday to watch them getting their first win in 21 games, and it was a great day all round.

The game was significant on a number of counts: firstly the character shown in coming back after conceding such an early try. It looked slightly ominous, and all the talk of improvements seemed a bit fragile at that stage.

But the Falcons really responded well, and by the end of the game they looked on a par with a very good Chiefs side who have shown great form this season. Newcastle showed a lot of get up and go, and hopefully this can be a significant turning point in the fortunes of the club.

They are not going to go out and win every game, but they have shown they are a genuinely competitive side by scoring three good tries against a strong Exeter team, having been behind on the scoreboard on a number of occasions.

Ally Hogg was a well-deserved man of the match, the forwards as a unit were physically competitive and the way in which the replacements were used was effective in changing the game. …

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