Match reaction: Harlequins 18-14 Newcastle Falcons

Saturday 15 February 2014 – 3.00pm
The Twickenham Stoop, London
Aviva Premiership #14

Agonising! That’s what it was. The Falcons may have lost an eighth league game in a row yesterday but they put in a fantastic performance to so nearly win at Harlequins.

In the end, a bonus point restores the advantage over Worcester at the bottom of the table to eleven points with two more games down, but it could have been more.

There was passion, there was courage, there was intelligence, there was speed, all that was lacking was clinical finishing.

It was a performance to be proud of that gives us hope for the rest of the season. The best show in the Premiership for a long time.

Our team went out there and were not content to just sit back and wait for the inevitable, they stood up and took on Harlequins with the aim of showing we can compete in the Premiership.

For a lot of the second half we were in control, I don’t know if Quins slacked off or we picked up, but Alex Tait’s try was fully deserved when it came and while it cranked up the noise from the away fans another notch, the home crowd seemed stunned.

Overall there was a flat atmosphere at the Stoop I felt. Maybe the Quins fans expected a simple five-pointer and when their internationally-depleted side made heavy work of things, they got disgruntled.

If we’d got more points when we were on top, it could have been different. If Rory Clegg had kicked the points he missed (though Ben Botica also missed a couple in the strong wind) then it might have been different.

This was a defeat and that’s not good, four points and a first league win for over four months would have been very welcome. But we got one point and better teams than us will still get thumped by Quins this season.

Lets go out next week and take Northampton on, put them under pressure and make sure they know they’ve been in a game. Last week at the Rec we didn’t do that. Yesterday at the Stoop, we did. The results speak for themselves.

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