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Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38
Date: 19/09/2018 19:20
Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership match at Welford Road against Leicester Tigers (kick-off 3pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Newcastle Falcons reaction
We have to manage key moments correctly and take opportunities when they come.
We have intelligent players and lessons will have been absorbed and learnt but you have to finish the opportunities you create.
It was frustrating but those margins are fine. If we do the little things right we will end up on the right side.
It’s about learning lessons and accuracy is important in those conditions.
All the lads are good ball players but concentration and focus has to be there all the time.
The lineout is a collective effort and five things have to go right for it to work. Rory Duncan has done a great job with them. We came unstuck last weekend but it was very good in the first two games.

Leicester preparation
It’s been a good week with good energy in training.
Tigers will be a fantastic challenge. They are one of the oldest clubs around and Welford Road is a famous old ground.
We’ll have to play well to get the opportunity to win again. It’s about us performing to the best of our ability.
To come away with points it must be nothing less than a top-drawer performance.
They’ve picked up since the first game and it could’ve gone either way against Wasps and that was with 14 men.
They have a solid pack of forwards and plenty of experience in Dan Cole, Tom Youngs and David Denton.
With George Ford and Ben Youngs in the half-backs, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May and Telusa Veainu, they clearly have lots of threats.
My approach is that we have to perform to the best of our ability. We must make good decisions and be accurate in execution in key moments.

Team news/injury news
We have a few bumps and bruises but we will see where we are later in the week.
Bryce Heem has been rested early this week but we are quietly optimistic that he will be fit.
Niall Annett is not 100 per cent due to an ear infection.
Ben Te’o is on the way back and has taken full part in sessions. He is fairly close to returning.
Nick Schonert is fine and fit to play.
Ethan Waller is in full training and we shall assess him.
Wynand Olivier is not in full training yet but is not far off. The European games may be when he returns.
Scott van Breda is making progress but needs to get his strength back. He has a test on Friday.
Perry Humphreys is fine after a hamstring problem.
Matti Williams is back in full training after a back issue.

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