Friday 7 November 2014 – 8.00pm
Kingston Park, Newcastle
LV= Cup Pools 2 and 3 #1
It sounds like it was a difficult night last night. I listened to most of the first half on the radio and the Falcons seemed to be dominating, leading 21-7 and in control, our (mostly) first team putting Cardiff’s reserves to the sword. The only question seemed to be when the bonus point would come. Even the Blues’ try came from a Falcons error.
Well the bonus point came, but it wasn’t the one we expected. Following Twitter in the pub, it looked to me like we just disintegrated in the second half and then obviously two missed penalties at the end meant we squandered the opportunity to get another win.
Perhaps most disappointing for me, as I didn’t see the game, was one of the first posts on the unoffy message board afterwards. It said that in the first half we passed and kept the ball. In the second half we kicked it away for half an hour, before looking more threatening when we kept the ball at the end.
I thought all that nonsense of kicking the ball away and inviting the opposition onto us might have finally been put to bed after ten years, since we have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on a pitch that was specifically said to help attacking play. Then came the Rotherham and Northampton games, and last night. It seems we just never, ever learn.
I know it’s only the cup, but it’s a decent chance of winning a trophy for us. We could have had four or even five points now instead of one, with two winnable games left against Sale at home and away to London Irish.
Still, if the team learn from last night and get something from Bath next week, before beating Gloucester and Sale, then no harm done in the big scheme of things. We’ll see. The Falcons need to show that this is a blip, and that our recent run of wins was not.
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