Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Growing Belief Can Be the Cornerstone of Our Revival

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Growing Belief Can Be the Cornerstone of Our Revival

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ALLY HOGG says Newcastle Falcons' new-found resilience can help pull them away from the Aviva Premiership drop zone.

The veteran Scot packs down at No 8 in tomorrow's battle of the bottom two as Newcastle travel to London Irish, last weekend's 19-14 victory over Bath continuing what has been an improved pattern of form after a difficult start to the campaign.

Hogg said: "We have been building and building, and the result last weekend was a little bit of recognition for the hard work we have been doing every day in training.

"It is beginning to pay off, and we now have the belief which was lacking a bit during the first part of the season. We aren't folding when we suffer difficult patches and we are more patient in defence."

Going a try down to Bath inside the first five minutes but battling back for a deserved victory, he said: "I thought we played really well. We pinned them in the corners and put a lot of pressure on them.

"We were disappointed with the try we conceded because we had watched them do that exact move in the warm-up but we just didn't defend it very well.

"The difference now though is that we don't go into our shells when we suffer those setbacks. We went almost straight back into the lead and got ourselves into good areas of the field through our kicking game.

"Sean Robinson is calling the lineouts really well and we are also disrupting the opposition's ball. That takes the sting out of their attack and we seem to be showing a greater control rather than panicking at key times.

"Apart from the scrum we dominated Bath's forwards, and we should have won by more."

The Falcons make just two changes from the team which defeated Bath, both in the front-row where hooker Scott Lawson and tight-head Paddy Ryan replace George McGuigan and Jon Welsh respectively.

Craig Willis keeps the No 10 shirt as Andy Goode makes the bench, Hogg saying: "Craig has been thrown in at the deep end but has coped well with it. …

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