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Much-improved Falcons still left pointless


By Leipziger
November 8 2015

The Falcons put in by far their best performance of the season at Sixways yesterday but were unable to prevent Worcester taking a bonus-point 28-20 victory.   

A strong first hour in which we probably had the better of the territory and possession were undone by four home tries in the opening half. Worcester counter-attacked at speed and the Falcons struggled to organise sufficiently to contain the Warriors backs.

 

Tries by Michael Young and Tom Catterick kept us in touch at half-time at 28-17, and the game looked winnable of only we could keep things tight at the back.

 

After the break, the Falcons dominated in but only had one penalty to show for their efforts, and seemed to lose energy in the final quarter as Worcester took control. They ended the half pointless but will no doubt be chuffed with a full five points.

 

It was interesting that while one part of John Wells' remit is clearly having problems since our defence is about as secure as an unlocked shed, another is performing well as our forwards were at least par with their Worcester counterparts. We had a strong scrum and defended the hosts' maul very well.

 

So logic would suggest we need a full-time defence coach, and I'd agree with that, but it may not even be that clear-cut as we managed to keep Worcester out while under the cosh in the last twenty minutes. With an eight-point lead, they didn't slack off like Exeter did last week, so that's a plus I guess.

 

The return of JP Socino to the Falcons' midfield helped us attack with a speed and fluency that hasn't been seen this season, and the little wizard combined well with Chris Harris who made a lot of metres. Michael Young was one of our best players I thought, providing good ball and tackling well. In fact, Young Michael might have been my Falcons man of the match.

 

Nile Latu had another very good game but seems partial to a high tackle - he was penalised for grabbing at a Warrior's head late in the game and might well have been carded had he got a hold.

 

I haven't looked at the table yet so I don't know if we or London Irish are bottom but it doesn't really matter, we just need to crack on with getting some points and preferably they'll come at Sale in a few weeks. We have two European games before then to work on whatever the coaches think isn't working,

 

It looks like it might be a long season. But if we could improve last season and play great rugby, winning a few games, there's no reason we can't get better again this year despite a disappointing start. Still having faith.

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Re: Much-improved Falcons still left pointless
Monkey1 (IP Logged)
08/11/2015 19:04
Nice on Leipy It isn't easy at the moment but we do have to try to keep the faith.

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