Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Falcons' Starlets Have a Chance to Make Big Splash at Bathtime, Insists Delaney; MIKE IS HOPING FOR FRINGE BENEFITS IN ANGLO-WELSH CLASH

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Falcons' Starlets Have a Chance to Make Big Splash at Bathtime, Insists Delaney; MIKE IS HOPING FOR FRINGE BENEFITS IN ANGLO-WELSH CLASH

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Byline: STUART RAYNER Sports writer stuart.rayner@trinitymirror.com

NEWCASTLE Falcons' fringe players will get a chance to show what they can do in tomorrow's Anglo-Welsh Cup tie at home to Bath - but fullback Mike Delany says they will have to learn the little things to become Premiership regulars.

The All Black is expected to be the old head in a youthful XV for Newcastle's final cup game of 2016-17.

If any of his team-mates come asking how they can make the step-up he once did, the devil will be in the detail.

"We talk a lot about accuracy and game management," says the 34-year-old, who wore the Silver Fern in 2009.

"You learn over time what works and what doesn't, things like being under certain pressures and knowing how to adapt your game.

"Those finer details within a game are often missed by people watching - but they are crucial.

"There is a lot which goes into preparing a gameplan and executing it on the day and that is what the younger players will learn from games like these.

"It is also nice having a few of the older heads mixed in there with them, helping them and going through scenarios.

"What I have found in the Premiership is the margins are incredibly small between winning and losing.

You can be playing really well one second, concede and turnover and ship a try as a result.

"That mistake might be missing touch, not making a tackle because you are in the wrong position or whatever, and you are stung for those little errors at this level.

"You have to be on it all the time and know you cannot switch off."

Delany is expected to feature so he can get minutes under his belt ahead of next week's Premiership trip to Sale.

He has not played since picking up an injury in the run-up to Christmas.

He said of the Anglo Welsh Cup: "I suppose you have a little bit more freedom and less pressure than a Premiership game but all the boys are keen to put their hands up and it is taken just as seriously by the players and coaches. …

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