Match reaction: Bath Rugby 30-24 Newcastle Falcons

Saturday 10 February 2012, 2.15pm

The Recreation Ground, Bath Spa

Aviva Premiership #14

I didn’t get to yesterday’s eagerly-anticipated game in Bath (mate’s stag weekend in Edinburgh) but the wonders of modern technology meant I was one of no doubt many Falcons fans following events through Twitter.

It certainly seems to have been a humdinger of a match, with the Falcons leading 8-14 at half-time before conceding a few tries after the break, but stealing a bonus point at the death.

Obviously we can’t rely on bonus points alone in the relegation battle and given Bath’s league position this game will have been targeted particularly for a win.

But it is a start. By all accounts we played quite well and I hear it’s the first time in over two years that we have scored three tries away in the Premiership.

The fact that the boys kept plugging away and got a reward of sorts will do their confidence no harm at all.

A few months ago I imagined that playing for the Falcons probably wasn’t much more fun than watching them, but with new hope and ideas injected I think that has probably changed.

Hopefully we will see the benefits of this in the coming weeks.

We still need Wasps to lose some games alongside us winning, starting with their meeting with Saracens today, but it is entirely possible.

Wasps’ owner wants out, they have an injury crisis, and what might prove crucial is that as a team they have little experience of a relegation dogfight.

On the other hand, we have been in scraps for the past three seasons and we know what it takes to stay up, and that we can do it.

This could make a difference if relegation comes down to the final match of the season at Adams Park.

If nothing else, yesterday suggests that even if we go down then it will be with a fight, not a whimper as had seemed likely just six weeks ago.

Don’t forget to cheer for Saracens today!

(Follow The South Stand Choir: @SouthStandChoir)


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