Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why Team Works for the Falcons; STAR SAYS EGOS ARE PUT TO ONE SIDE RUGBY UNION

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why Team Works for the Falcons; STAR SAYS EGOS ARE PUT TO ONE SIDE RUGBY UNION

Article excerpt

JOSH Matavesi knows Newcastle Falcons will have their work cut out at former club Worcester Warriors if they are to preserve the best away record in the Aviva Premiership tomorrow.

The Fijian centre has been a key figure for a Falcons side who find themselves fourth in the table with four games to go and having won six of their nine road trips in the league.

All of their defeats came against the top three teams in the division, with Matavesi highlighting the business-like mind-set of a team who have consistently found a way to close out tight games. "It's important at this end of the season that you're not thinking about what's happening in two weeks' time - you need to be all-out on the next game," said the 27-year-old, who joined from Welsh side Ospreys last summer.

"For us that means we're thinking about Worcester away and not Sale at home, and it has to be that way.

"A lot of teams struggle when they go to Sixways; I had two seasons as a Worcester player and I know how much they pride themselves on making it a difficult place to play.

"It's never an easy game down there and they're still fighting for their jobs, to support their families, so we can't take them lightly. Having said all that, we're on a roll of our own and we're going down there to win.

"We're going to roll out on Saturday with a very business-like attitude, working hard for another four or five points, and it's all about that goal of getting on the bus back to Newcastle with another win under our belt."

A consistent starter in the Falcons' No 12 shirt during an impressive first season, Matavesi is keen to highlight the collective ethos which has underpinned the improvement of the league's most northerly club.

"One of the many good things about this club is the boys, the way they've welcomed me in, and we love living in Newcastle," he said. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.