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Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns


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By Aidanb
December 21 2018

Josh Matavesi returns from a three-and-a-half-month injury lay-off as Newcastle Falcons host Gloucester in Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership clash at Kingston Park Stadium. The Fijian international was a mainstay of the side which reached three semi-finals last season but suffered an ankle injury in the second game of the current campaign, Matavesi replacing the injured Johnny Williams in a team showing five changes from the one which hosted Edinburgh last weekend. Alex Tait replaces the injured Sinoti Sinoti on the left wing, Samoan international Logovi’i Mulipola returning to fitness to start at tight-head prop. Calum Green is back having been a late withdrawal last weekend, Gary Graham coming into a rejigged back row with the injured Nemani Nagusa missing out.

On the bench there is a return for fit-again prop David Wilson and scrum-half Michael Young, head coach Dave Walder and his side keen to register a third successive Gallagher Premiership victory after beating Bath and Northampton in their last two league outings.

Walder said: “This is a potentially pivotal part of the season for us as we move into this three-game Gallagher Premiership block.

“We took two wins from our last three-game block in the league, and it’s an exciting time of the year with a big and noisy crowd expected here on Sunday. There’ll be a good turn-out and the atmosphere will be buzzing, we just need to make sure we turn up and play well on the day.”

Keen to learn the lessons from their recent Heineken Champions Cup losses to Edinburgh having built a half-time lead in both games, the former England fly-half said: “We created a lot of opportunities against Edinburgh but just didn’t take them, and that’s what disappointed us the most.

“Last weekend we gave away three penalties in attack for holding on, which again is disappointing, especially when we’d highlighted pre-match that the referee was really hot on that. When you combine that with the three or four penalties we conceded around half-way, seven turnovers and things like that, you’re going to end up defending inside your own half for most of the game.

“Some of the stuff we played in our own half at times was great, but when you’re playing 60 metres away from the opposition’s try-line you’re not really threatening them as much as you’d like to be. We’ve had a bit of a talk about how we can eliminate that on Sunday, and it’s all about getting us onto the front foot.”

Newcastle won their last Premiership outing against Gloucester when the two teams met at Kingsholm back in March, with Walder expecting an open game from the Cherry and Whites on Sunday.

“Gloucester have brought in a new coaching structure within the past couple of years who are very keen to let their guys have a crack from anywhere,” said the head coach.

“That’s their philosophy, and they’ve had varying degrees of success with it. Some weeks they’ve been absolutely outstanding and others they’ve caused themselves a lot of trouble, but it’s good to see that they’ve maintained their philosophy throughout.

“It’s an exciting brand of rugby and they’ll come here with the confidence that they can turn us over, but I’m pretty confident we’ll see a backlash from last Sunday and that we’ll get the win we want.”

Tickets for Sunday’s game are available by clicking here or calling 0871 226 6060.

Newcastle Falcons team to face Gloucester (Sunday, 3pm, Kingston Park Stadium)

15 Simon Hammersley

14 Vereniki Goneva

13 Chris Harris

12 Josh Matavesi

11 Alex Tait

10 Toby Flood (captain)

9 Sonatane Takulua

1 Sam Lockwood

2 Kyle Cooper

3 Logovi'i Mulipola

4 Calum Green

5 Tevita Cavubati

6 Gary Graham

7 John Hardie

8 Mark Wilson

Replacements

16 George McGuigan

17 Trevor Davison

18 David Wilson

19 Andrew Davidson

20 Ryan Burrows

21 Michael Young

22 Brett Connon

23 Tom Arscott

Referee: Karl Dickson

 

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Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
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21/12/2018 11:17
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Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
aidanb (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 11:19
Great news

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
mannin (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 11:21
Great timing for some of those returning. Gone from 0 THs to 3 who can play there in one squad. long may it continue.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
telfs123 (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 11:22
Great news to have Josh back in the side. And a few others returning from injury as well.

But Tait on the wing? Why? Over Radwan or Kibirige? They're not as defensively sound but they do so much more than Tait (and most of the rest of the team) in attack. And they won't improve defensively unless they start getting game time!
At this rate they'll be scoring tries against us for another team next year.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Falc Dancer (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 11:25
The 23 looks stronger this week
Shame not Snotz tho
Josh should be fresh and ready to go!

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
AFalcon24 (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 11:55
Great to see Josh back. Looking forward to seen this game. smiling smiley

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Susiewong (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 12:30
For me I think Taiit is a good fullback and not a winger. Radwan on the wing most definitely. Hammersley is just not cutting it at the moment.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
eastfalcon (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 14:02
Glos team

15. Jason Woodward; 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Tom Hudson, 11. Ollie Thorley; 10. Owen Williams, 9. Callum Braley; 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Jaco Visagie, 3. Ciaran Knight; 4. Ed Slater (capt), 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Freddie Clarke, 7. Lewis Ludlow, 8. Ben Morgan


Replacements:

16. Henry Walker, 17. Paddy McAllister, 18. Fraser Balmain, 19. Tom Savage, 20. Gareth Evans, 21. Willi Heinz, 22. Henry Trinder, 23. Jaco Kriel

Onwards and Upwards!

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 14:14
I have to echo the above regarding Tait on the wing.

I'm a big fan of Tait but hes a fb, (who I would have over Hammersley everytime.) Hes not a winger. Why is Radwan and Kibirige not playing. What are we not being told? Are they concerned about the defensive aspects that much?
Surely we need to let other teams worry about us offensively aswell?

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
aidanb (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 14:23
Quote:
GeordieFalcon
I have to echo the above regarding Tait on the wing.
I'm a big fan of Tait but hes a fb, (who I would have over Hammersley everytime.) Hes not a winger. Why is Radwan and Kibirige not playing. What are we not being told? Are they concerned about the defensive aspects that much?
Surely we need to let other teams worry about us offensively aswell?

11. Ollie Thorley

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
steve1888 (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 14:57
Tait never lets us down on the wing and scores too ? Never worries me and don't get the Hammersley issue , good under high ball and poses am attacking threat making yards and difficult to tackle or prevent him offloading.

Happy with the side for Sunday and great to see Matavesi and Muliopola back in.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
CharlieDog (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 17:21
We couldn't possibly have Radwan and Hammersley in the same side as the defence would be non-existent. Taity is on to a loser here - covering wing and fullback defensively is a huge ask against Gloucester.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Exiled Falcon (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 19:27
Great to have a number of first teamers back however have to echo the disappointment of not seeing Radwan. Is his defence really that bad and is he responsible for helping us concede more tries than weíve scored? He is our Ollie Thornley but not for long if heís going to be consigned to the stands.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
NorfolkFalcon (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 20:01
Tait is a good player but like the rest of us I am disappointed neither Radwan or Kibirige have been selected, especially with one of our superstar wingers being injured. You wouldnít hold it against them for moving on if they are not getting opportunities.

It feels like a nullifying the opposition, cautious move.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 23:52
Quote:
aidanb
Quote:
GeordieFalcon
I have to echo the above regarding Tait on the wing.
I'm a big fan of Tait but hes a fb, (who I would have over Hammersley everytime.) Hes not a winger. Why is Radwan and Kibirige not playing. What are we not being told? Are they concerned about the defensive aspects that much?
Surely we need to let other teams worry about us offensively aswell?

11. Ollie Thorley
Yes he's some talent...but how about them seeing our teamsheet and saying..Radwan!

Tait is my starting full back...I just dont think hes as good a winger. It's clear hes there to be solid....

I hope it works though and will be there shouting for the boys...

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 23:55
Quote:
steve1888
Tait never lets us down on the wing and scores too ? Never worries me and don't get the Hammersley issue , good under high ball and poses am attacking threat making yards and difficult to tackle or prevent him offloading.
Happy with the side for Sunday and great to see Matavesi and Muliopola back in.

I dont think Hammersley has developed to the level we thought or hoped he might do. I still think Tait is a stronger al round full back.

How often do we see Hammersley go on those runs these days that got everyones attention when he came on the scene...very rare.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Oneforthefatboys (IP Logged)
22/12/2018 07:19
I like the look of the team. I m just concerned that Harris looked crocked last week. Our pack looks good. It would be great to see a fully fit 15 of

Mulipola
Cooper
Ah You/welsh
Green
Witty
Wilson
Hardie/welch
Nagusa
Takelua
Flood
Goneva
Matavesi
Williams
Sinoti
Tait

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Falcons_Thunder (IP Logged)
22/12/2018 08:08
I echo the aspect of not seeing Tait at FB.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Falc Dancer (IP Logged)
22/12/2018 08:53
Looks like we are expecting a big attendance this weekend
According to the clubs online ticketing system there are
3 West Stand tickets
54 South Stand tickets
Roughly half the North Stand available

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
markismith50 (IP Logged)
22/12/2018 10:03
Yep, book ahead to guarantee your place!

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Marco19819 (IP Logged)
22/12/2018 12:27
Let's get a full house in!!!! COME ON FALCONS!

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
skip mcskipper (IP Logged)
22/12/2018 14:37
It's about time we tore someone apart, hopefully it'll be Gloucester!!!!

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Susiewong (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 06:36
If Radwan is weak in defence then we should remember itís a team game and each and every player has faults. I just think the lad has pace something we are sadly lacking. Use it or loose it ??? Give him game time.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Oneforthefatboys (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 07:06
I d rather play Bettencourt than an injured Harris. Zach should also be given a chance. Hopefully we are more dynamic in Atack because we were slow and predictable against Edinburgh with little go forward

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
NorfolkFalcon (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 10:13
Come on you Falcons! Letís do this!

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Cantabrian (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 11:08
Gloucester have developed a real tough heavy pack. I hope our scrum and breakdown can cope with them.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Marco19819 (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 11:28
They play like a south African team now. They obliterate the contact area and get big runners round the corner. They will play like that more often without cipriani.

It all depends on how it's reffed. If there's a pen early for going off feet in clear out it will be a different game. I am sure they will have met with Karl Dickson about this but i am not sure about his track record with how he officiates



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Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
aidanb (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 11:38
Isnít he a former scrum half ?

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Monkey1 (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 13:06
Tait at wing makes me think we still have serious selection issues & are struggling to put out a fully balanced team. I doubt it is easy for the coaches to pick a true FB, which in my opinion is what Taity has become, over one of our wingers, but they will have their reasons. I would guess that it is to plug defensive gaps, maybe discipline gaps, that we saw last weekend rather than what these players offer when going forward. There is no point in refining our attacking capabilities if the coaches know we will leak penalties & points against a strong opposition.

I might be talking cobblers, it may be that in training Taity has looked right for the part. Whatever the reasons, we need to back the boys big style today, and good to see KP filling up.

Let's make some noise.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Marco19819 (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 13:53
Quote:
aidanb
Isnít he a former scrum half ?

Yep. He reffed us very generously last the I saw him up here!

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 15:54
Like watching paint dry..apart form the fight...

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
zackary71 (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 15:58
Unprofessional of Cavubati just before half time. Braley suckered him in, with a Falcons put in at scrum. Handbags followed and mass brawl. End result Glocs pen and camped on our line...converted try. 10-6 Glocs at HT instead of in and out of scrum, into touch and 6-3 Falcons. Poor discipline.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 16:05
I told you that Hannersley was the best full back in the league...setting up that try wonderfully....

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Falcons_Thunder (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 16:51
We are woeful and 100% in a relegation fight. Whats our attacking coach doing??

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 16:55
Yup...we are 8b serious trouble.
They were poor today ,error after error and we couldn't beat them.

The odd little bit of attack aside we threatened nothing.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Daveyb (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 17:00
I must have been watching a different game then. I thought we coughed up the ball (as they did) cheaply at times. The first half was 2 sides playing without invention. The ref did not review the incident just before half time but took the linesman word. The replay showed, to e anyway, that it number 5 did very little wrong. The afters were more serious,
Second half came alight and considering we are bottom and they are third we can consider ourselves unlucky as we matched them all over the pitch.
Still, I am sure many will not agree with me but I enjoyed the second half. Still not sure about 6 coming in at the side for the last penalty either, but that's life

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
concolor (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 17:01
Same mistakes every week. Very worrying.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Running Rugby (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 17:03
What has happened to the falcons? They have no gameplan, no sense of how to manage a game and no plan B. The team is playing like a newly promoted side that is scared to try anything and just reverts back to type of pick and go. Problem is that they don't have the grunt or the players with the where with all to do the simple things right.

No composure, no plan, seemingly no attacking ideas of any kind, which begs the question.......has Dave Walder been put back in his cupboard?

Flood has looked like he is on his knees for the last few weeks, and was so unfit today, he could not even take the place kicks, so why not just put Connon in from the start?

We are in deep trouble and seemingly have no way out. I do not understand the reluctants to play our younger players, Radwan, Kibirige, Connon and Blocklebank, to name a few have looked really good this season, and have barely had a run of two games between them. No wonder the Falcons hemirage young players.

Really disappointed with the team this season, simply no progress what so ever and we look like the worst team in the league this time around. Not looking good.



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Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Eaststand87 (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 17:17
Quote:
Falcons_Thunder
We are woeful and 100% in a relegation fight. Whats our attacking coach doing??

Bit of an over reaction no ? They are a good in form team today and it was very small margins it could.of gone either way

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
AFalcon24 (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 17:17
So disappointed haven't been with my dad for a while. Our attack seemed poor and for me the scrum was a disappointment. smiling smiley

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Eaststand87 (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 17:19
Quote:
Running Rugby
What has happened to the falcons? They have no gameplan, no sense of how to manage a game and no plan B. The team is playing like a newly promoted side that is scared to try anything and just reverts back to type of pick and go. Problem is that they don't have the grunt or the players with the where with all to do the simple things right.
No composure, no plan, seemingly no attacking ideas of any kind, which begs the question.......has Dave Walder been put back in his cupboard?

Flood has looked like he is on his knees for the last few weeks, and was so unfit today, he could not even take the place kicks, so why not just put Connon in from the start?



We are in deep trouble and seemingly have no way out. I do not understand the reluctants to play our younger players, Radwan, Kibirige, Connon and Blocklebank, to name a few have looked really good this season, and have barely had a run of two games between them. No wonder the Falcons hemirage young players.

Really disappointed with the team this season, simply no progress what so ever and we look like the worst team in the league this time around. Not looking good.


Actually thought flood had one of his better games _ he tackled well in the middle and was pretty solid with the ball if not spectacular

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Falc Dancer (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 17:25
A disappointing performance
Bottom at Christmas doesnít bode well

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Daveyb (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 17:31
We won the second half, 11 - 10...I just do not get it. it takes 2 sides to play flowing rugby. neither side did in the first half, both opened up in the second. Their two tries were both boring burrow overs, we scored with the best move of the game. We lost out marginally to the team third top. never mind where we finished last season. This is a different year. I would hope that we will not be rock bottom at the end. Look at our fixtures at the start of the season. overall, you play everyone home and away and we have only played 10 games.
I am not suggesting that everything is well in the Garden of Eden, but it is not all bad either.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
concolor (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 17:49
Was hoping we would build on last season but it is not working out that way.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
DB23 (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 18:01
Apart from the result, the performance is a concern.

We just look devoid of ideas, arenít executing well and the players are not playing good enough rugby to deserve to win games.

Iím not sure how they fix it but the coaching set-up need to sort it quickly.

Or, is the standard of rugby across the league poor this season and inconsistent performances have made it competitive by default?

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Marco19819 (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 18:02
I thought we were good. One mistake when the box went out on the full and BANG we lose the game!

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Daveyb (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 18:12
You cannot play every game with fast flowing rugby.....Arscott was an example, came on late and started to run everything, making mistakes as he went. Did Gloucester play like a team in third? No....was that because they were poor, had a bad game plan or something else. I am as sad as anyone that we lost again at home, but, we secured one point and stay one point behind Worcester as opposed to one point ahead.
Does anyone really think we will be relegated by that points drop. Europe is a distraction, as is that other cup thing....let us field the fringe players now, manage the game time for the seniors and concentrate on making the league position safe

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
aidanb (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 18:32
One moment of ill discipline and we lost that game.

The ref did check with the TMO to see what happened and punished our guy for pushing the scrum half who was rolling the ball away.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
pityacker (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 18:51
The melee just before half time that got a penalty for Gloucester instead of the scrum to Falcons resulting in a Gloucester try was a silly mistake which probably turned the game but bringing on Arscott for Matavesi had me scratching my head and Micky Young for Takulua plain lunacy when neither seemed injured and both those substitutions made us worse not better. Frustrating afternoon with a big crowd and worryingly still bottom.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Exiled Falcon (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 18:56
Disappointing to lose but tbh a losing bonus point against the 3rd placed team isnít exactly a disaster. Thereís still only 8 points between bottom and 4th and thereís a long way to go. Not worried about us going down, and with respect to other teams we're certainly not the worst team in the division.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
pityacker (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 19:20
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Exiled Falcon
Disappointing to lose but tbh a losing bonus point against the 3rd placed team isnít exactly a disaster. Thereís still only 8 points between bottom and 4th and thereís a long way to go. Not worried about us going down, and with respect to other teams we're certainly not the worst team in the division.

How are we not the worst team in the league ? We are bottom with the least number of points that would seem to indicate that at present we ARE the poorest team in the league and Iím extremely worried that we can go down.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Phil W88 (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 19:22
Gloucester fan in peace.

In all honesty neither team played well today, we missed Cipriani. It shows how tight the league is as you couldn't tell who's 12th and who's 3rd. It could've gone either way today.

For you guys, Goneva and Takulua put in a shift. Goneva was playing like a ninth forward when he was picking and going in the 2nd half.

Your off the field team are doing great stuff as over 9,000 there today despite league position and back to back defeats against Edinburgh. I brought a friend with me today who is a football fan, he enjoyed the experience in the south stand and commented on the different food outlets and the range of beer and lager available.

Good luck for the rest of the season and keep the faith as one win can change everything.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Falc Dancer (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 19:26
Quote:
pityacker
The melee just before half time that got a penalty for Gloucester instead of the scrum to Falcons resulting in a Gloucester try was a silly mistake which probably turned the game but bringing on Arscott for Matavesi had me scratching my head and Micky Young for Takulua plain lunacy when neither seemed injured and both those substitutions made us worse not better. Frustrating afternoon with a big crowd and worryingly still bottom.

There seems to be images online showing possible eye gouging on Gary Graham during the pre half time mele

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Exiled Falcon (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 19:35
Quote:
pityacker
Quote:
Exiled Falcon
Disappointing to lose but tbh a losing bonus point against the 3rd placed team isnít exactly a disaster. Thereís still only 8 points between bottom and 4th and thereís a long way to go. Not worried about us going down, and with respect to other teams we're certainly not the worst team in the division.

How are we not the worst team in the league ? We are bottom with the least number of points that would seem to indicate that at present we ARE the poorest team in the league and Iím extremely worried that we can go down.

Yeah, get your gist, things do look pretty grim at the moment. Just think there is too much season left to panic yet. Obviously if we are there going in to the last game then Iíll panic!

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
AFalcon24 (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 19:35
For me out attack was the most disappointing, I would have Radwan in the team over Arscott. smiling smiley

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Running Rugby (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 19:38
Quote:
AFalcon24
For me out attack was the most disappointing, I would have Radwan in the team over Arscott. smiling smiley

As I have said it bemuses me how we have seen very little of Radwan this season, and not just him, but Chick, Kibirige and Connon amongst others.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Exiled Falcon (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 20:00
Must admit Iím bored of listening to myself moan about the absence of Radwan. Itís a complete waste of a rare talent seeing him named in the A team.



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Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Marco19819 (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 20:03
I must say, i didn't think Dickson reffed that very well. He gave a penalty AGAINST us!

We are a good side. We should have won the game today.

Can i just add that Hammersley was EXCELLENT.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Cantabrian (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 20:47
We sure are missing Will Welch's leadership, anybody know when the skipper is likely to be back.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Running Rugby (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 20:51
Anyone know when Tim Sweil and Rodney Ah-You will be back?

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
trummy200 (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 21:53
I thought if we lost today then thing could start becoming serious, but 2 pts gained is a positive. We are still in touch so I still have some optimism for the rest of the season. Its a close league this year but with returning injured players we will get better

 
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alas (IP Logged)
23/12/2018 23:08
The Falcons threw away three points. First Gloucester score - stupid and unnecessary penalty from Flood in front of the posts.Second Gloucester score - stupid and unnecessary penalty from Flood followed by stupid and unnecessary penalty from Cavubati. Should have had a two or three score lead and been able to close out the game easily. How many times is Richards going to select crocked Flood and Ascott? It's not worked and isn't going to work.

 
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Bedlington Lad (IP Logged)
24/12/2018 07:43
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alas
The Falcons threw away three points. First Gloucester score - stupid and unnecessary penalty from Flood in front of the posts.Second Gloucester score - stupid and unnecessary penalty from Flood followed by stupid and unnecessary penalty from Cavubati. Should have had a two or three score lead and been able to close out the game easily. How many times is Richards going to select crocked Flood and Ascott? It's not worked and isn't going to work.
Couldn't agree more. At a time when we're not playing very well we shouldn't gift the opposition points and opportunities. I also keep wondering why we never seem to try a chip over the defence or a grubber kick through to stop them rushing up. We are very unimaginative in attack.

 
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alas (IP Logged)
24/12/2018 09:07
The picture in the Telegraph match report appears to show eye gouging by Williams on Graham during the mass fight. A shame the officials did not spot it at the time as the penalty would have been reversed and Gloucester would have been playing with 14 men.

 
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Bedlington Lad (IP Logged)
24/12/2018 09:31
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alas
The picture in the Telegraph match report appears to show eye gouging by Williams on Graham during the mass fight. A shame the officials did not spot it at the time as the penalty would have been reversed and Gloucester would have been playing with 14 men.
Yes - it explains why Graham was throwing punches

 
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Leipziger (IP Logged)
24/12/2018 09:46
I thought we were the better team today actually, we just couldn't translate that into enough points - I agreed with each decision to go for goal so can't criticise them for that.

Flood had his right leg strapped and around 60 minutes he seemed to be really uncomfortable. After that he never seemed to run with the ball, or plays missed him out completely - why not bring Connon on if Flood was barely able to contribute?

On the Graham penalty, on the one replay on the big screen I only saw one swinging arm and it was in a white shirt.

 
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Bedlington Lad (IP Logged)
24/12/2018 10:44
From where I was in the South stand I saw throw a couple of punches - if he had someone's fingers in or near his eyes I don't blame him.

 
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GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
24/12/2018 11:34
We're running short of Fly Halves.

If Flood is out, Hodgsons leg is apparently a lot worse than first thought (career threatening is the words I heard, so I really hope that is not true for the lad) leaving us with Conon, Matavesi Snr who has never inspired me at 10 or Joel Matavesi..and we'll just leave that one there.

But its not just that. The whole team just looks devoid in attack. Poor Goneva was hunting the ball all day and getting mauled by a hoard of defenders everytime he did.

Where has the attacking play gone that we were playing the last few season. People running angles and good lines, creating space etc. Intelligent rugby.

Its too often side to side making no headway.

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Leipziger (IP Logged)
24/12/2018 13:28
There's Swiel but apparently he's injured too. What have they been doing to suddenly get all these injuries?

 
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Oneforthefatboys (IP Logged)
25/12/2018 08:41
I think that we need to keep faith. Just look at how unlucky we have been. 5 props injured at the same time, 3 locks, 2 back row forwards, 1 scrum half, 3 fly halves 1 signed to cover flood who looks crocked, 3 centres including Harris who is crocked and strapped up, Sinoti and Goneva injured a few times. Our luck will change our first 15 when fully fit is a match for anyone. Letís not return to the doldrums. We are not playing well but itís difficult to find cohesion with no regularity in team which prevents cohesion. Come on the falcons

 
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trummy200 (IP Logged)
25/12/2018 10:19
Watched the match last night - should have won, still optimistic that we can turn it around.
MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone

 
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Oneforthefatboys (IP Logged)
25/12/2018 11:11
Agreed

 
Re: Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Daveyb (IP Logged)
25/12/2018 23:24
anyone else think that in the last play of the game, the Glos 18 simply went off feet, right in front of the ref and lay there on top of the ruck.....the ball was lost to them at this point but in my humble, it should have been a penalty to use.....but of course, no such luck

 
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Osric (IP Logged)
27/12/2018 07:39
Narrow margins. Final ruck could have gone either way. We have the sixth best defence in the league and the worst attack - based on points for and against. It's the latter that needs fixing in a team containing the attacking threats that we have.

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