Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Falcons on Furious Form but There Is Still Room to Improve

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Falcons on Furious Form but There Is Still Room to Improve

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Byline: Mark Smith Twitter: @markismith50

RUKI Tipuna says Newcastle Falcons will find room for improvement on their 27-7 win over Georgia, once the tiredness wears off.

The Falcons played at a furious pace in running five tries past the Rugby World Cup participants, Tipuna claiming man-of-the-match honours in a hugely energetic scrum-half showing.

Asked how the Falcons can find further gains on Friday's Kingston Park triumph, the Kiwi said: "To be honest, mate, I am that bloody tired I can hardly speak, let alone think!

"I am sure the coaches will find something on the video and you can always improve. It was not the finished product, but it was a good start. "It was something to hopefully excite the fans, for sure.

"We showed bits and pieces last season and, at times, looked really good. This year we want to improve our defence a lot and leak fewer points.

"Against Georgia we were much better against a side which tested us out wide and through the middle. That was really encouraging, and hopefully the supporters can see the progress we are making."

Sale Sharks are the visitors on Sunday as the Falcons kick off their Kings of the North competition, Tipuna rightly delighted with their openingnight effort against Georgia.

He said: "It wasn't too bad. It was really good, actually.

"There is still plenty to work on and nobody is saying it was perfect, but we are happy with how the night went overall.

"Georgia are an international side and they are preparing for a World Cup. They are doing well in the world rankings and they have big players at top clubs.

"They tested us physically, but we stuck at it pretty well. We did what we wanted to do and played at a pace which caused them problems."

Expanding on the Falcons' desire and ability to play a fast, attacking game, Tipuna added: "When you are up against a team as big as Georgia you have to use your pace, and we always felt their weakness was their ability to move around the field. …

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