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Telegraph Article
pa8 (IP Logged)
05 March, 2018 09:49
Rugby Nerd

Welcome to this week's essential guide to all things in the Aviva Premiership, ahead of the return of the Six Nations next week.

Newcastle Falcons soaring on their travels
By Ben Coles Rugby reporter

Winning your home games is meant to be the key to domestic and European success and in Kingston Park, Newcastle Falcons have a venue that opposing sides in the Aviva Premiership have never enjoyed visiting.
Which is why it comes as a surprise that out of Newcastle's 11 wins this season, already more than their tally in 2016/2017, six of those victories in the league have come on the road.

Sale, Bath, Northampton, London Irish, Harlequins and now Gloucester have all been turned over on their own turf by Newcastle.

And of those six away wins, three of them have been by a single point: Sale 12-13 Newcastle, Bath 32-33 Newcastle and now Gloucester 20-21 Newcastle.

Those fine margins have eluded Newcastle in the past but this season feels a little different, with that away record going some way to explain why the Falcons are right in the hunt for the top four with only five games remaining.

Astonishingly, Newcastle's six away wins also equal the same number of results away from home that they have managed over the last four seasons.
Currently in fourth place - four points off Wasps in second, three ahead of fifth-placed Leicester - the fixture schedule now falls in Newcastle's favour too with three of their last five Premiership matches taking place at home.

Northampton and Sale will be seen as winnable fixtures before a potentially pivotal Round 22 meeting with play-off contenders Wasps.

Keep up their current form and whatever happens over the next five rounds, the Falcons are due for their highest finish in the Premiership since they won the inaugural tournament back in 1997/1998.

Ben Coles's team of the weekend
Pos. Player / Club
15 Telusa Veainu
14 Denny Solomona
13 Henry Slade
12 Josh Matavesi
11 Tim Visser
10 Joe Simmonds
9 Faf de Klerk
1 Greg Bateman
2 Tom Cruse
3 WillGriff John
4 Andrei Ostrikov
5 Jonny Hill
6 James Chisholm
7 Will Welch
8 Mat Luamanu

◆ Gloucester scored four tries and finished Saturday's game with 70 per cent possession and 73 per cent territory, yet they couldn't hold off Newcastle.

Re: Telegraph Article
upwardonward (IP Logged)
05 March, 2018 11:03
As I have mentioned in a previous post..Take a bow Will Welch and Josh Matavesi.
Many stand out performances in the last couple of weeks but keep this up WW and Eddie might just think you have earned your shot in his training squad.I do.
That rip out turnover to give Micky Young the pass for the try was top draw.
Even the nationals papers are sitting up and taking notice of all the (Sm53)Falcons.

Re: Telegraph Article
Horus (IP Logged)
05 March, 2018 20:11
The Times team of the week differs a bit from the Telegraph: Michael Young #9, Sean Robinson #5, Will Welch #7, but omits Josh Matavesi.

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