Match reaction: London Scottish 32-49 Newcastle Falcons

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Saturday 8 September 2012 – 3.00pm
Richmond Athletic Ground, London
RFU Championship #2

The Falcons are now top of the Championship after gaining 10 points from a possible 10 in the opening two games.

However, yesterday’s game at London Scottish was proof that this is not an easy league.

Dean Richards will have plenty of food for thought ahead of Ftiday’s first home game against Doncaster after Scottish 32 points, including four tries for their own bonus point.

Since they practically handed us the ball for Alex Crockett and James Hall’s tries, the scoreline could well have been closer. Scottish’s penalty try was just a touch controversial though.

The Falcons looked very good with the ball in hand and our maul was very strong, laying the platform for the early tries from Sean Tomes and Ally Hogg.

Hogg has had a great start to the season, scoring a hat-trick yesterday to add to a try at Bristol, and carrying and tackling well.

Richards identified the danger of complacency or not handling the conditions this week, but I don’t think either of those was an issue, Scottish were just really up for the game and are a better side than we fans expected.

In the end though the league table shows us with 10 points and you can’t ask for more than that. The Falcons never looked in danger of losing and took chances when they had to.

Perhaps it is good to get a game like this early in the season to ensure we don’t get complacent against some of the teams not expected to challenge for the play-offs.

Off the pitch it was a brilliant day, a nice little ground with two good bars and a friendly, enthusiastic atmosphere. If this what Championship away days will be like then I certainly won’t be complaining.

(Follow The South Stand Choir on Twitter: @SouthStandChoir)

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