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Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
There's 35 seconds to go 09 September, 2017 07:31
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Robs
Really wish I'd recorded the game
Just got back and my feeling was that we made far fewer mistakes than Sale
How many lineouts did they botch? And the lost scrum that preceded our try
Did Deano really say the better team lost?

You can watch it online at www.premiershiprugby.tv legally and legitimately.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
steve1888 09 September, 2017 08:25
Might not have been a great spectacle but the closeness of the game made it very watchable and for once it was us sneaking the win. Sale were the better said for most parts and butchered a few chances but our lads put it right and ground out the win. The better sides edge the scrappy affairs.

Joel put in a dare I say it typical Dave Walder performance in poor conditions, played them well.

Next week will be interesting indeed but you cant ask for more than 2 from 2, great start to the season. Nice getting texts from fans of other clubs I've met on travels praising us too.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
NorfolkFalcon 09 September, 2017 08:37
Clearly it was a horrible, turgid, ugly game that we didn't really deserve to win, but despite only 3 phases in the opposition 22 after 70 minutes we kept to within a one try score and punished them at the end of the game.

As others have rightfully said, these are the types of games that we would of usually lost and not even gain a LBP over the past 2-3 seasons so you have to praise the players for their doggedness. Top sides win ugly.

Calum Green, my fellow county man, had to be MOTM. The line out steal specialist done a great job disrupting their line out. Takelua was his usual consistent self. Goneva looked like he has never been away and already looks at the peak of his powers, which just goes to show his quality. Special mention to the replacement front row, who done a magnificent job considering the inexperience of Socino and Davidson. Even with them playing the scrum was dominant.

It sets us up nicely for the USA. After 2 wins and playing at a neutral ground makes it a no pressure game for us and allows us to enjoy the experience. With a few star players back we will be competitive.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
Cantabrian 09 September, 2017 09:42
Joel's kicks rolling onto touch deep inside the Sale 22 were absolutely classic Walder,plus he wasn't afraid to get stuck in defensively. With Walder, Floody and Takalua to work alongside no wonder he's improving.

Reckon we'll have to treat the Philly game as a one off which helps the club prosper whatever the result, but nobody will be treating us lightly anymore. Happy Days.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
A tramp abroad 09 September, 2017 10:49
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Osric
Yup . Both coaches and the commentary team seemed to be in agreement that the better team lost. Get in. Yet another tight game against Sale. That's at least seven in a row where a team's got a LBP ( or a draw). Now - can we shock Sarries in Philly?

I read Dean's comment as related to "Falcons lack of control and the number of errors made" rather than Sale were the better team. Sale also made a huge number of errors, particularly at the line out.

Great result and an excellent start to the season.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
Kwa444 09 September, 2017 11:23
End of the day 2 from 2 will keep the team buzzing and confident. The performance will make sure there is no arrogance or complacency next week.

Exactly where we need to be .... no pressure game now which puts funds in the club's pocket. Lads can give it a good go and enjoy themselves.

I was very concerned about how we would arrive at the Philly game and how it might subsequently pressure us but with start we have had it is now as good an opportunity as the most optimistic could have hoped for.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
lizard118 09 September, 2017 11:56
Firstly, well done to our boys for getting a much needed away win in what sounded like atrocious conditions. They will have learned a lot more from this game than the Worcester game I imagine, just through sheer grit, doggedness and never say die spirit. These are the sort of games that build character.
Secondly, with the way Joel has handled himself, I think if Flood does come back against Sarries he should start from the bench. He has to earn his spot like everyone else.
I know it's only two games but it's nice to be looking down on everyone else. And to think we have a lot of players missing is a credit to these players, management and Mr Kurdi for assembling a good squad of players. C'mon Falcons!!!

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
mannin 09 September, 2017 13:01
Sadly, I watched the whole thing and in open play we really weren't very good. Before anyone gets protective, that is not a comment to knock anyone.

We were completely toothless in attack and our forwards made no ground at all. We regularly passed from 10 to a forward stood still in centre field and lost 5 yards at a time. Our set-piece was excellent whilst Sale's was poor and the only reason we won.

I thin someone mentioned it earlier but in those sorts of conditions, we have to have more carriers who are able to make ground in heavy traffic off slow ball.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
Falcons_Thunder 09 September, 2017 13:14
Secondly, with the way Joel has handled himself, I think if Flood does come back against Sarries he should start from the bench. He has to earn his spot like everyone else.
I recon flood will start in the USA game, Hodgson has played fantastic but we need a experienced head and that's Flood.

My Falcons starting 15 for Philly

1 Vickers
2 Cooper
3 Welsh
4 Green
5 Witty
6 Wilson
7 Welch
8 Latu

9 Takulua
10 Flood
11 Sinoti
12 Socino
13 Mermoz
14 Goneva
15 Tait

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
GeordieFalcon 09 September, 2017 13:24
Is FOnua injured? If not i'd consider him starting at 8. I really think we need some genuine heavy duty carrying in there...Fonua gives us that, and we have more than enough workhorses in there to graft.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
Benpj17 09 September, 2017 14:41
Tait misses far to many tackles to be our starting full back, cooper was injured last night so not sure he will travel to US, like Harris at 13 but would have JPS as 12, as mentioned above flood will have to earn his place so take him for the bench

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
falconsfan07 09 September, 2017 14:54
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Benpj17
Tait misses far to many tackles to be our starting full back, cooper was injured last night so not sure he will travel to US, like Harris at 13 but would have JPS as 12, as mentioned above flood will have to earn his place so take him for the bench

Tait misses to many tackles?

I saw him stop Sale scoring a try last night by flying out the line and dislodging the ball 5m out.

He made a try saving tackle last week as well when Ethan Waller made his break and looked to score. Alex Tait clobbered him.

I don't think there is nothing wrong with his defence imho, that Is s bit harsh on him as he always puts out.

Cooper was injured last week, not last night so he might feature for saaracens. We could use his explosiveness like.

Agree re Harris, he is a warrior in defence, he's so dominant in the tackle. Aye I would go with Socino this weekend he's been impressive off the bench, although matevasi has been good.



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Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
GeordieFalcon 09 September, 2017 15:16
I haven't seen anything from Matavesi that would put him ahead of Socino.

He's only starting his time with us admittedly, but I just think Socino has become a top class 12.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
Running Rugby 09 September, 2017 15:24
Another really good win, and was that was hard fought. Really impressed with the defence so far this season, look very hard to break down.

As, has been mentioned, good teams win when they don't play well, and that is exactly what happened.

Onwards and Upwards for the Falcons and look forward to the game against Saracens next week, should be a good spectacle if nothing else, but more confident getting a result against Sarries than I have been in a while.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
Falconski 09 September, 2017 16:06
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aidanb
Have I missed the news about the sponsor pulling out ?

Reading the gumph on the Falcons website i think Green King IPA is only the sponsor for home shirts. I noticed that last night re the mankey green shirts aswell.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
CharlieDog 09 September, 2017 16:44
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Benpj17
Tait misses far to many tackles to be our starting full back

???????

I know this is all about opinions ....... but, really, what are you smoking cos you must be seeing things..... he's been our most consistent player last season, pre season against Ediburgh and both games so far this season...... he's a starter at full back or wing.

In my opinion of course........

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
GeordieFalcon 09 September, 2017 17:09
You have the correct opinion Charlie Dog.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
Benpj17 09 September, 2017 17:38
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falconsfan07
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Benpj17
Tait misses far to many tackles to be our starting full back, cooper was injured last night so not sure he will travel to US, like Harris at 13 but would have JPS as 12, as mentioned above flood will have to earn his place so take him for the bench

Tait misses to many tackles?

I saw him stop Sale scoring a try last night by flying out the line and dislodging the ball 5m out.

He made a try saving tackle last week as well when Ethan Waller made his break and looked to score. Alex Tait clobbered him.


I don't think there is nothing wrong with his defence imho, that Is s bit harsh on him as he always puts out.

Cooper was injured last week, not last night so he might feature for sale. We could use his explosiveness like.

Agree re Harris, he is a warrior in defence, he's so dominant in the tackle. Aye I would go with Socino this weekend he's been impressive off the bench, although matevasi has been good.

Cooper didn't play last night as he was injured, taits tackle success rate against wus was 57% and was 75% last night not the best for your last line of defence

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
Kwa444 09 September, 2017 17:42
Don't know if anyone noticed but the way the results are falling, with Sarries losing, if Wasps don't win by a big margin away to Worcester, we will be top by right for the week - Not by virtue of games unplayed!!

When I thought we would go to Philadelphia I always though it would be the league's best side against another making up numbers.

It appears it will be the league's best side against Sarries.....

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
Northumbrian 09 September, 2017 17:51
The way it's going so far is that it's very hard to win away in the Premiership. In that respect - can't really complain about the Falcons performance.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
NorfolkFalcon 09 September, 2017 18:41
Not sure if Sarries losing is a good or bad thing next week. I suppose they are a class side so I doubt it will make much difference.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
mannin 09 September, 2017 19:19
I wouldn't say our defence was particularly impressive last night. Sale went through us on a number of occasions last night and fluffed the chances without scoring. Most phases were slow due to the weather so defences weren't too stretched.

GF, I think Socino is a long way ahead of Matavesi. Despite his size, he is not as effective at breaking tackles/getting over the gainline and has had the best times in his career as more of a flair back with big runners around him.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
lizard118 10 September, 2017 00:38
Matavese is being given game time to get him up to speed. I think he brings something different in terms of kicking game. Let's just trust management on this one. I think he will become a key player.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
pa8 10 September, 2017 02:17
I think it's a good thing that we can hammer a poor team whilst also winning away in a tight, scrappy affair and keeping the home team tryless. Although not the hardest two games we'll play this season we've only conceded one, highly dubious, try to Wuss. If Wuss are as dreadful against Wasps as they were against us they could be severely embarrassed at home.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
pityacker 10 September, 2017 07:53
It was a dire affair to watch and as Deano said we were second best and really shouldn't have won but we did despite a large number of our new and existing better players missing.watching Saracens pounding Baths line yesterday and somehow being kept out I wondered if Falcons defence would have coped with it but we will certainly find out next Saturday. I was and still am against losing one of the most attractive fixtures of the season but a small consolation is that we can watch it on TV and fingers crossed will put on a real show. Roll on Saturday.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
aidanb 10 September, 2017 09:08
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Falconski
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aidanb
Have I missed the news about the sponsor pulling out ?

Reading the gumph on the Falcons website i think Green King IPA is only the sponsor for home shirts. I noticed that last night re the mankey green shirts aswell.

Yep - even resorted to asking Mick Hogan

It seems away and Europe will have different sponsors as well.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
Bedlington Lad 11 September, 2017 08:24
Happy with a win, we really need big ball carriers to get us over the gain line

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
AFalcon24 11 September, 2017 10:41
Surprised Burrows isn't in there to make some yards. smiling smiley

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
There's 35 seconds to go 15 September, 2017 11:59
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Kath...
No Flood again - I knew we would not see him until the USA match

Falcons' number one clairvoyant.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
falconsfan07 15 September, 2017 12:30
Quote:
There's 35 seconds to go
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Kath...
No Flood again - I knew we would not see him until the USA match

Falcons' number one clairvoyant.

Hehehehe!

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
UnofficialEnglandRugby 15 September, 2017 15:05
not sure about clairvoyant as I am wrong as........... he is not playing on Sat., in the USA

I am sure most fans will now want to know exactly what is wrong with him.

As I said on the other thread I hope we are going to get the monies worth from him and hope he won't turn into a Wilko always injured

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
falconsfan07 15 September, 2017 15:14
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Kath...
not sure about clairvoyant as I am wrong as........... he is not playing on Sat., in the USA
I am sure most fans will now want to know exactly what is wrong with him.

As I said on the other thread I hope we are going to get the monies worth from him and hope he won't turn into a Wilko always injured

He's got a hammy strain and isn't far away, quoting smithy and Deano a few weeks back.

Even if he isn't playing, the support and knowledge he can bring to our younger lads is well worth it.

We will see him soon enough.

Just hopefully before I go away! Hopefully he's out for the Irish match!



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Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
markismith50 15 September, 2017 15:28
"I am sure most fans will now want to know exactly what is wrong with him"

As we said from the outset, he has a hamstring injury.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
UnofficialEnglandRugby 15 September, 2017 16:00
Well I hope he gets well soon.

Not sure why everyone seems to be over sensitive about him? I did not see the post re ham string just he had picked up a knock.

Re: Sale v Falcons team Fri 8th Set
NorfolkFalcon 15 September, 2017 16:16
Flood posted a photo of all injured players still in Newcastle at a brewery this afternoon. The fact that DTH and Mermoz are in the US (clearly close to match fitness) yet Flood isn't would indicate that his rehab has had a setback to the initial 1-2 week diagnosis a couple of weeks ago.

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