Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Falcons' Dismal Display One-Off, Insists Richards; WASPS 40 NEWCASTLE FALCONS 10

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Falcons' Dismal Display One-Off, Insists Richards; WASPS 40 NEWCASTLE FALCONS 10

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DIRECTOR of rugby Dean Richards admitted his Newcastle Falcons outfit had been beaten by the better team following Saturday's 40-10 defeat at Wasps.

The Aviva Premiership clash saw the Falcons ship three early tries to go 19-10 down at half-time, Wasps scoring 21 unanswered points after the break in an emphatic victory.

Speaking afterwards, Richards told www.newcastlefalcons.co.uk: "We didn't play with the necessary accuracy and didn't respect the ball as much as we should have done. Against a side as good as Wasps you'll get punished if you do that, and they were on fire today.

"They didn't miss their internationals at all; if we're honest, we didn't turn up and we didn't play as well as we should have done."

Crediting the speed of the home team, the Falcons' boss added: "When you have Kyle Eastmond with Christian Wade and Josh Bassett on the wings, they have a lot of pace there, and in the first half they caused us problems. That was more down to our defensive structure with guys stepping out of the line and a few dog legs here and there, and we didn't stick to our structure as much as we should have done.

"We'll not play that badly twice, though, we'll quickly move on to look at Friday's home game against Gloucester and learn the lessons from today."

Flying Wasps winger Wade was on the board in the second minute with a try which Jimmy Gopperth converted, after the former Falcon had previously created the opportunity with a sublime offload.

After Toby Flood's penalty got the visitors under way, Willie le Roux's arcing break left Wade with the simplest of finishes for his second. The third try was a brilliant solo effort from Eastmond, he stepped his way past Newcastle's defence before accelerating 30 metres to the corner, Gopperth converting.

Newcastle began to take control of the game, as Wasps were guilty of over-ambition and missing too many tackles. Only Wade's lastditch intervention prevented Gary Graham going over, but the Falcons did soon claim a try, created by Josh Matavesi's powerful break and finished by lock Sean Robinson. …

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