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Re: Five thoughts from Harlequins v Newcastle
Posted by: falconsfan07
Date: 27/03/2017 11:44
I think we need to avoid any knee jerk reactions aswell.
On the other thread its almost like they want Joel Hodgson hung drawn and quartered!

We got nailed by a quality side with lots of internationals. So did Bath by Saracens! It happens..! Get over it.

We've played well this season. We just need to put that aside, keep going and look forward to the new boys coming in, in the summer.

Lots of people on this site are pushing for
Champions cup etc and I think they're deluded!

Ive been very clear I don't think we're ready for that. From perennial bottom dwellers, we're pushing for about 7th spot and that would be a great achievement!!!

Next season we should be looking to try to win the 2nd tier European cup with the side we have...and really look to cement our position in the league next season.

Theres lots of fickle fans on here...who put the falcons on a pedestal when we win, but demand public floggings when we lose!

I don t think anyone has slated Joel, we are just pointing out that he has confidence issues, he's been a massive part of big wins for us this season against saints, Bath and saints away. But he doesn't seem mentally strong enough to compete consistently at this level. If Jonny Wilkinson made a mistake, he would move on, a mistake sits in Joel's head and will eat away at his confidence. It really is heartbreaking to see such a talented player with his head down.

If I where him, I'd be off to see a sports physcologist, I think something like that would really benefit him talking about how to cope with pressure and anxiety at this level.

Everyone knows he can perform well at this level, he just needs to do it consistently and he will be a top fly half.

Aye, that Quins side lost away to Worcester earlier in the season with all their internationals. we where awful, absolutely dreadful, no heart, guys falling off tackles and undisciplined.

I don't think you can say we are not ready Champions cup rugby on a performance like that because we know we are capable of so much better.

We have shown it in away games at saints, at home against bath and wasps.

We competed better at Allianz park than bath did, we where in it for the majority, only lost 21-6

That's my opinion though, championscup would this club and rugby in the North East wonders, it would get more kids interested in seeing superstars up here, more bums on seats and would really put the club on the map I think.

It did Connacht absolute wonders, in the long term. I think after their breakthrough season they made some huge signings and season ticket sales flew up through the roof.

If we finish 7th we can still qualify and will get 2 extra games, 6th is too far.

I think fickle is a bit extreme, I'd say this the most loyal forum of them all, I don't think anyone here expected us to win on Saturday I certainly didn't and it's not like I'm the Quins forum, if they lose one game to a team below them all you see is "KINGSTON OUT THREADS" I'd say this the most passionate and friendliest of all since I enjoy a read through other teams forums.

I just Champions cup now because for all you know you might be in a relegation next season and we may never get an opportunity like this, it's something a lot of the guys at this club deserve as well, loyal hard workers like Juan, Wilson, Welch, Tait, Sinoti, Green all deserve a run with the best given their efforts to us. And I hope they get it.

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