Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Falcons Focus on Tigers after Win; Forward Hails Victory but 'Won't Get Carried Away'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Falcons Focus on Tigers after Win; Forward Hails Victory but 'Won't Get Carried Away'

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RYAN Burrows insists Newcastle Falcons will not get carried away despite Saturday's 21-20 win at Bordeaux-Begles moving them to the top of their European Challenge Cup group.

The Falcons' flying start to the season also sees them in the Aviva Premiership's top four ahead of Sunday's visit of Leicester Tigers, and Burrows is delighted to have played a big part in their French triumph.

"It was good to be out there," the former Yorkshire Carnegie captain, who scored one of three Newcastle tries at Stade Chaban-Delmas, told "It has just been a case of biding my time - I've had the last two games and thoroughly enjoyed them, and we've achieved two good wins on the back of the performances that the boys have put in.

"It's a happy camp at the moment but the good thing is we're not getting carried away with ourselves.

"We'll enjoy the win but it's straight back into business on Monday morning because we know how big this Leicester game is going to be."

In front of a crowd of more than 17,000, it was a converted try from Jon Welsh which proved the difference for a side who had to battle back from 10 points down. Newcastle had found themselves three points down in as many minutes when an infringement at a ruck just inside their own 22 allowed home fly-half Simon Hickey the simplest of penalties from in front.

Their cause was made even more difficult on five minutes when full-back Alex Tait was sin-binned for obstructing a kick-chase following an interception from the home side, but Falcons repelled Bordeaux's mauling game and won a relieving penalty through Sean Robinson's ruck work.

A flicker of promise emerged when Burrows (pictured) charged down a clearance kick and hacked through to the 22, but an unfortunate bounce of the ball allowed the hosts to scoop up possession and race away for the opening try, flanker Marco Tauleigne sprinting 60 metres down the right wing for a score converted by Hickey. Newcastle were let off the hook on 16 minutes when Hickey missed the simplest of penalties from 15 metres, and their fortunes took a turn for the better near the half-hour mark when a close-range penalty was kicked to the right corner and the pack drove over the line-out for a try to Ryan Burrows, Toby Flood converting. …

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