Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Falcons 'Will Come Good by End of Season' Exiles' Sigh of Relief after Seeing off Rivals

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Falcons 'Will Come Good by End of Season' Exiles' Sigh of Relief after Seeing off Rivals

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Byline: Mark Smith

MARCUS Watson says time is on Newcastle Falcons' side as they strive to pull themselves away from the foot of the Aviva Premiership table.

Sunday's 20-15 defeat at fellow strugglers London Irish dropped the Falcons back into the only relegation spot, but with 13 matches of their 22-game campaign left to play the winger is not pressing the panic button.

Watson scored one of two Newcastle tries as they battled back from 20-0 down to rescue a losing bonus point, the London Irish old boy saying: "The whole squad definitely has the confidence that we can pull away from this.

"It is just one loss and there is still plenty of rugby left to play in this competition.

"We should be improving all the time, which I believe we are, and we will come good by the end of the season."

Admitting the two tries they conceded in the opening five minutes of the second half had ultimately made the difference, Watson said: "That period of the game was a bit of a momentum swing.

"I thought we did quite well to get ourselves back into it. In the last five minutes we had chances to win it, but mistakes cost us."

Tongan flanker Nili Latu scored from a driving maul before Watson chased down a kick to the left corner for the Falcons' second try, the former England Sevens international saying: "We were pretty close. Just a few little mistakes here and there cost us, and it was a tough game.

"We let them get ahead and it was catchup from there, but there were plenty of positives to take.

"Any loss is going to be disappointing but it is still relatively early in the season. There is plenty of time to go and the boys will pick themselves up. We never thought about coming away with nothing and every point is important, so I suppose the losing bonus is some consolation."

The Falcons now move into a fortnight of European Challenge Cup games, starting on Saturday when they tackle Enisei-STM in Sochi.

Watson scored four tries when Newcastle defeated the Russian champions 55-7 at Kingston Park earlier into the season, the Falcons, Brive and Connacht currently locked in a three-way battle for quarter-final progression. …

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