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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