Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Coaches Will Keep Falcons Focus Firmly on the Game; Wells Insists There Will Be No Holiday Camp Atmosphere at Kingston Park

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Coaches Will Keep Falcons Focus Firmly on the Game; Wells Insists There Will Be No Holiday Camp Atmosphere at Kingston Park

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Byline: Mark Smith Twitter: @markismith50 www.facebook.com/chroniclerugby

NEWCASTLE Falcons head coach John Wells insists his players will not have their flip-flops on for the last three games of the Aviva Premiership season.

Despite being out of all the cups, being safe from relegation and facing an 11-point chasm to London Irish at thirdbottom in the table, the Falcons travel to Gloucester on Saturday determined to end a mixed season on a positive.

Admitting a holiday mind-set was inevitable to a certain degree, Wells said: "It has been the same wherever I have been, and clubs from the top of the table to the bottom are going through it.

"Our job as coaches is to keep everyone on-task, especially with where we are in the league.

"We have ambitions of winning our last three remaining games, and we as coaches need to keep that as the only focus.

"We have obviously got guys who are leaving us in the summer and they are at that stage, which I completely understand, where they are perhaps thinking they just need to get through the three games and move on.

"But they have got to knuckle down, do what they are paid to do and do a good job for the club before they leave."

The Falcons are win-less in the Premiership since thrashing relegated London Welsh in January, and have not won a league game away from Kingston Park since beating the same opposition in October.

Making no attempt to hide from the stats but keen to add some context to them, Wells said: "We have had a mixed bag of a season in some respects, but in terms of results we have underperformed.

"There is no point trying to pull the wool over anybody's eyes on that score, but in terms of the quality of performance it has been excellent in parts.

"The parts that have not been excellent are what has ultimately let us down. "We have lost narrowly to Saracens twice, given Northampton a run for their money, had a close one against Leicester and drawn with Wasps. …

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