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Last result: Worcester Warriors 20-23 Newcastle Falcons

Five thoughts from Newcastle v Worcester (IP Logged)
04 March, 2016 23:08
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Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Worcester
Trebor1892 (IP Logged)
05 March, 2016 01:05
Agree with all of that apart from the Watson card. As I saw it turned to my company and said he will be lucky to be on the pitch. I think Barnes did well to take the opportunity to assess the angle and determine how obvious it was. If they have the technology available and have some doubt I'd rather they ask the question and be proved right/wrong than have us rip the decision to shreds because they didn't ask the question

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Worcester
bulmer22 (IP Logged)
05 March, 2016 06:06
Our scrum and line out went well and from the set pieces we should have won that game. So that was a positive.
Half the box kicking was very good, considering the wind, but I'm not sure about our decision making. With about 10 minutes to go in the first half we went for 3 points instead of kicking for the corner. At this moment I thought we were in trouble for the second half. The Worcester defence was very good, coming up fast all through the game, and we didn't have any spark to break that line. We needed to go from the base of the scrum to punch holes and create space inside, not spread the ball wide every time. Andy Goode had a poor game. Trying to make things happen which could have worked when he was 20, but not in the state he is in now. He even took a dive after kicking ahead and running into a player. Not very pretty to look at. He has done a great job for us, and I'm grateful for that, but we needed more last night
So a very frustrating night which is a shame because there was a good crowd considering it was on TV. To cap it all I had a long drive home as the A1 South was closed and the diversion through Gateshead was a bit confusing. Come on Falcons. I think we are safe.

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Worcester
DJMc (IP Logged)
05 March, 2016 07:13
I was feeling tense before the match because we do have a habit of not performing well when we are favourites to win and winning will help our cause and so it proved last night.

I was surprised at Andy Goode,'s dive and said to my group that I thought he was better than that. Perhaps what surprised me most was that for all his experience he must surely know that he is 35 and not in the best physical shape so why is he trying little chip aheads anyway because he is just giving possession away.

I do understand the need to box kick but I think it's being very generous to say that 50% were OK. Worcester didn't take very long to work out what was coming by having cover and then running the ball back with interest. And I have been wondering when was the last time Michael Young (still trying to get used to calling him this) have snipe from the base of a ruck or maul? His game has become so predictable and easy to defend. He did have one good run but that was collecting a loose ball from their possession and he isn't afraid to to put his body on the line when needing to make a tackle and he tracks back well so I just wish this box kicking issue can be resolved. Of course it help if the chase was 100% better.

I am feeling rather flat this morning and thinking we will finish 11th again rather than 10th and so really no further forward this season.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 05/03/2016 07:17 by DJMc.

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Worcester
Leipziger (IP Logged)
05 March, 2016 08:07
Forgot about Goode's dive. Don't like to see that kind of thing.

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Worcester
Pongping (IP Logged)
05 March, 2016 08:59
Nice article. Barnes was right to bin Watson, mind. Thought the use of the tech was justified in the same way he checked McGuigan's try. Was a tight game and those calls needed to be right.

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Worcester
Kraken (IP Logged)
05 March, 2016 09:07
From Worcester with Love.

Don't read too much into that little title. It came to me this morning while I was glumly eating my porridge. As everyone above has mentioned I was really dissapointed last night marching away from KP.

The cold light of day and reading Leipziger's synopsis of the match have mellowed my thoughts though. The Falcons looked tired from my perspective in the North Stand. As said we didn't ever look like breaking their defense, due to both points of not being able to create anything and a very solid performance from the away team. Their backs looked a lot bigger and stronger than ours.

The box kicking was drawing some flak from a few in the North Stand - especially one guy who probably has a few too many beers at every match and always prefers to shout negatives instead of encouragement. Personally, I'm not that bothered about the kicking - if it get us territory then its fair enough. What does bother me is the seemingly poor kick chase. I noticed it at the Saints game also. The chasing players never seem to get anywhere near to the catcher. It didn't appear that they were running flat out to try and hit the recipient as the ball comes down.

I don't know if this is part of a defensive strategy or not but it looked poor from my point of view. Surely we should be trying to retain possession from these moves?

The lineout looked solid all the way through the game - especially the second half when we had pressure in their 22 leading to our try.

In all, though, we probably should have stolen it at the death. The conversion was a bit of a shocker and I'm sure many of us thought we could have probably done better. It is very easy to say that when being stood on the terrace though and you have to give some sympathy for the kicker being under that pressure at the end of a close game.

Overall it was very dissapointing but let's not forget that losing bonus point we accumulated which hopefully will move us another point further away from LI if Bath do their job later today!

It's a trick...get an axe.

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Worcester
alas (IP Logged)
05 March, 2016 09:23
It was a difficult kick for Willis at an angle and into the wind. Probably more difficult than the penalty Goode missed in the first-half and certainly more difficult than Heathcote's miss from in front of the posts.

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Worcester
Leipziger (IP Logged)
05 March, 2016 09:35
Kraken- I agree kicks are useful if we gain territor, but as you say our chasing is poor, so we often go from having the ball in our half to the opposition having the ball in our half, which has to be worse.

No opinion on whether Watson's card was correct, I couldn't really see the positions of other players live or on the screen, but it was a penalty.

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Worcester
Rafpilot2000 (IP Logged)
06 March, 2016 16:46
Agree with the comments on young. Sadly he is rapidly becoming a one trick pony and teams very quickly wise up. Ball in hand we always look competitive but every time we kick we lose the ball then are on the back foot defending. Very frustrating.

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Worcester
Kwa444 (IP Logged)
06 March, 2016 20:23
Gutted we lost. That said we should still be confident at home as we have beaten some excellent sides. There are no bad sides in the league this season so I won't write Irish off. However it was probably the worst result for them too: a win for us and we are pretty clear of the scrap but the win for Worcester puts some clear water between them and everyone else.

With 7 games to go I reckon they will need to win 3 and pick up bonuses, as I can see us winning again and also Worcester. It means they have to double their season's tally from the first 70% of games. We had the same situation when we went down, but gave it a good go - hence why I won't write them off.

Probably will be petty fruitless at Exeter though after they lost to Tigers. That is no reflection on our side, more an indication of Exeter ' s form this season.

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Worcester
aidanb (IP Logged)
07 March, 2016 13:51
Good article Leipy

There seems to be nothing worse at the moment than watching our 9 put his hands on the ball at a ruck and then stretching a long leg out behind him.

However, that seems to be the game plan

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