Match reaction: Newcastle Falcons 53-10 Leeds Carnegie




Friday 28 September 2012 – 8.00pm

Kingston Park, Newcastle

RFU Championship #5

So as myself and wor lass walked out of the theatre under Charing Cross station (canny show, worth paying for had we not got free tickets) about 9.45pm last night I felt my phone go.

It was a message from one of the other choir members saying simply “You alright fella?” Apparently missing a game leads to concerns about my health!

As Mark Twain said, “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”.

Still, I worked out yesterday that last night and Pirates is the first time I’ve missed two consecutive league games since I was in Leipzig, back in 2004. And it’s always nice to know people care.

Anyway so the game seems to have gone quite well – obviously a 53-10 win is always nice. From what I’ve read we seem to have been a bit sluggish in the first half again.

But we were still a couple of tries up at the break and then turned it on in the second 40.

I suppose there are still some cobwebs being ironed out of the ointment, particularly in the backs it seems.

The forwards were strong again I hear though we might expect to physically dominate most packs in the Championship given the quality players we have in there.

That might lead to less ball for the backs, if the forwards can do things themselves. It might be something we fans have to live with sometimes even if we do want to see the backs dancing. Metaphorically speaking.

The attendance was again around four and a half thousand, not bad for this league I guess.

We might have expected more with the BOGOF offer provided this week but I really believe that some more big wins will see the ground more than half-full before long.

We aren’t too far behind Bristol in terms of crowd numbers despite one or two of their supporters believing we play in front of two men and a badger.

And of course that they’d have hammered us a few weeks ago if only they hadn’t had “Nine first-choice players missing”.

“Mind the doors! Mind the doors!”

Anyway I’m getting off the point. Lets have a look at the table… still top, good, with 24 points out of 25 and the best attack and best defence in the division!

Six points ahead of Plymouth and seven above Bedford, though the Les Bleus can move back into second with a win at bottom-placed Jersey today.

Moseley away is up next a week today as the Championship fun times continue!

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


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