Match reaction: Newcastle Falcons 50-3 Cornish Pirates

Pirates of Penzance

Saturday 23 February 2013 – 7.00pm

Kingston Park, Newcastle

RFU Championship #16

 

There seems to be quite a good feeling around following last night’s win over Cornish Pirates. Coaches, players not involved, and fans helped to clear the pitch of snow to prevent a second postponement of this match and they were rewarded with a 50-point victory.

 

Of course, this means that the Falcons have secured a play-off place for the end of the season and eight tries against the team in fifth is a good return. It seems a shame that there was such a low crowd for the Falcons’ return to form, just 2,208 getting to KP.

 

Fans writing in the internet seem to have been impressed with what was apparently “The best game of the season so far”, with some good performances around the pitch. Michael Tait in particular seems to have grasped the opportunity of a couple of starts with both hands and it would be nice if he could finally get a run in the team after spending so much time injured.

 

The commentary on BBC Radio Newcastle was quite upbeat too compared to the last game I listened to, which was Nottingham in November as the Falcons just started to struggle sometimes. John Pearson, who if I’m not wrong used to frequent KP in tight shorts, was interesting to listen to as he provided insight into the murky world of officialdom.

 

If the backs are finally coming into form then we should have a few more games to saviour before the end of the season as the pitches improve and hopefully Luke Fielden returns from injury to join what seems to be the makings of a settled backline. It’s particularly pleasing to see Tom Catterick in form after his strong start to the season was curtailed by injury.

 

It’s back on the road again this weekend for Rotherham away. Now that the job of securing a play-off position is complete, we can hopefully kick on with some good attacking rugby and put some more teams to the sword, arriving into the play-offs in prime form.

 

 

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3 responses to “Match reaction: Newcastle Falcons 50-3 Cornish Pirates

  1. I was one of the 2000 people there last night, and it was always going to be a struggle given the amount of snow (yeah really!) during the day and the 6 nations on TV.

    Went into the game with expectations of it being a good game, but was concerned with the weather, pitch and cold, but none of those really presented an issue.

    Overall we were stronger in most areas, but the scrum is starting to concern me. The pirates held is in position and we never gained a real advantage. Admittedly, less penalties than in previous games, but if promotion is on the horizon then we need to improve or it could become the achillies heal.

    Some good performances, and for me Shortland would have been man of the match and Tait did well. Home Jamie is ok, having limited off after his try.

    Best game of the season? probably.
    Good enough for promotion? yup.
    Good enough to survive next year? errrrrr

    Cheers

    Steve

  2. Hi Leipy,
    Hope you’ve had a good holiday!
    Like most people I though last nights game was probably our best performancde of the season with strong contributions from almost everyone. As Steve has said, Shorty had another impressive game, but its easy to mention a load of others too!
    My main concern is that TC continues to play (brilliantly) whilst clearly carrying an injury. Attempting to play through it could actually make it a lot worse and for me he is one of the players we really need to be fit and playing well at the end of this season and the beginning of the next one! I’m really surprised we havent been playing JG at full back and Joel at 10, at least until he’s recovered.
    You missed a great game!
    John

  3. Thanks guys, sounds like it was a cracker to miss. Hopefully Rotherham will see some more attacking again. We’ll surely see Joel get another few games before the play-offs to ensure he’s in form if needed. Not sure about the Premiership yet but Cato is a sign that we should be able to attract some good players.

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