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Five thoughts from Newcastle v Sale

By Leipziger
February 1 2015

Newcastle Falcons may have been out of the LV= Cup before kick-off, but they blew Sale away in a four-try first half at Kingston Park today, eventually winning 39-19 to send 4,000 frozen Geordies home happy.

1) Enjoyable first half. We all know that following the Falcons has been far easier this season than for a few years, but even by the decent standards we have set in 2014/15, today’s first half was really good. I think it was helped by the lack of scrums, which meant a lack of resets. The Falcons suffered some discipline issues and penalties allowed Sale to stay in the game for a while, but four tries meant the bonus point was safe before half-time and the win was virtually secured. Even in the kick tennis there was fun, as fans eventually cheered both teams’ big boots!


2) Writer’s cramp. I presume rugby referees must supply reports about why they issue cards, and if so, Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas will be busy tonight after showing no less than FOUR yellows during today’s game. However, that didn’t spoil the game and overall I thought the man in charge had a decent afternoon.


3) Uili Knackered. Poor Uili Kolo’ofai. In three appearances for the Falcons he has yet to complete a half! Today, shortly after scoring our third try around the half-hour, the bearded Tongan went down and had to be replaced by Ally Hogg. It’s a shame, because he has some real grunt and makes metres with the ball in hand, and it’ll be interesting to see a) whether we see Big Willy again this season and b) whether he stays at KP in 2015/16.


4) Loan star. Alex Rogers has been a quiet man of the Falcons squad this season, and I believe he is still officially on loan from Blaydon. However, he has played in plenty of games and was part of a scrum going forwards today (when we had scrums!) and did a lot of good stuff around the pitch, capping a good performance with his first try in a black shirt.


5) League converts. Less than 48 hours after Sam Burgess attracted criticism for his England Saxons performance, a slightly less high-profile league convert had a quiet and effective game for the Falcons. Lee Smith did everything he needed to, putting in tackles and making distance with the ball, as well as finishing off two tries, the first of which was an excellent team score. Smith did his chances of getting a new Falcons contract no harm at all.



Bonus thought) Josh Furno must surely be in the running for the lead role in the next Conan the Barbarian movie!

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01/02/2015 20:18
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Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Sale
aidanb (IP Logged)
01/02/2015 22:05
In the kick tennis there was a lot of booing going and it was much deserved.

Lee Smith's second try was top class for the pace and power he showed.

He's turning into a top class wi get and I hope he stays for a bit longer yet.

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Sale
pityacker (IP Logged)
01/02/2015 22:21
Scott Macleod may be approaching 36 but showed today he is still a class act but whether he gets another year or not only management know but it should be a no brainer and along with Josh Furno who is now showing what a star he is ruled the line outs and were tremendous round the park. Uili Koloofai despite hardly any game time this season was very very good before going off early again with what looked like a similar injury and he must be distraught , as Smithy suggested we may not see him again which will be a real shame for Koloofai and Falcons.

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Sale
markismith50 (IP Logged)
01/02/2015 22:26
Take it you mean Smithy Senior, pityacker? Just clarifying re Uili, as I've said no such thing. Far from it, in fact.

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Sale
aidanb (IP Logged)
01/02/2015 22:41
There is more than one smithy

Even if the song would have you believe otherwise

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Sale
markismith50 (IP Logged)
01/02/2015 23:06
Merely wanted to clarify. Done.

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Sale
exhooker (IP Logged)
02/02/2015 08:19
The combination of Furno and McLeod was superb and not only in the line out. Smithy's bonus thought was a good one!!

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Sale
pityacker (IP Logged)
02/02/2015 08:29
Smithy - I apologise for saying it was yourself making the suggestion we may not see big Koloofai again due to his continued injury problems as I had presumed you wrote the above "Five thoughts" article and have only now realised it was written by Leipziger.

Re: Five thoughts from Newcastle v Sale
markismith50 (IP Logged)
02/02/2015 08:33
No probs Pityacker

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