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To win or not to lose

By Leipziger
April 14 2016

There is a theory that the human mind doesn’t recognise the word ‘no’. The logical consequence is that if you tell a child “Don’t slam the door!”, then you might want to plug your ears.

I was reminded of this when I saw someone write that they hoped the Falcons would aim to win against London Irish, rather than not lose.


The last time the Falcons had a game of the magnitude of this weekend’s showdown with London Irish was against Worcester at Kingston Park, in March 2014. Having scored five tries away to Gloucester the previous week, our team inexplicably reverted to a negative, fearful, safety-first (which is of course never really that safe) approach and gifted the Warriors their first Premiership win for a year.


The Falcons’ luck held out and we stayed up by virtue of being the second-worst team in the Premiership that season, and now we find ourselves in a similar situation this weekend with a gap of four points above Irish.


History cannot be allowed to repeat. The Falcons must go out this Sunday with an attitude of “We will win the game”, with the courage to go and win the game. Irish will be taking that attitude, because nothing less than a win will do for them. If the Falcons are thinking “We dare not lose!” then guess what – they are thinking about losing and so it’s more likely to happen. Fear creeps in. That breeds mistakes and missed chances.


The Falcons have always been at their best when employing an attacking gameplan. Think that brilliant run in 2009, the incredible win at Sale in April 2010, almost staying up under Gary Gold, last season’s huge improvement, and the wins against Bath, Harlequins, Leicester and Northampton this season.


Of course, we might go out and attack Irish and still lose. That’s fair enough, defeats happen. But lets not have any regrets. Lets go out with courage and give it a massive go. No fear. Leave everything on the field, with no ‘what-ifs’ afterwards, and certainly no anger in the stands as we had after the aforementioned Worcester debacle.


The result of this game, involving two sides with little between them, could come down to a single act of courage – which fly-half is brave enough to throw a floating pass to the wing? – or composure under pressure – who squeezes through a gap and breaks free rather than slowing and waiting for support?


The time has come to believe in ourselves and do the right thing, go out and give everything. If ever there was a game where the dominant attitude has to be “win”, this is it.

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14/04/2016 11:58
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Re: To win or not to lose
falconbear (IP Logged)
14/04/2016 12:36
Very true. And i think we did the same thing at the madstad this season. It was only when the chips were down that we put our foot down and got back into the game. On the flip side i thought we did ok sitting back against sarries this season. It was only when we threw caution to the wind that we leaked a bucket load of tries. Coaches may earn their stripes on Sunday! But I still think it will be decided on the kicking game, discipline and Mr Barnes!

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Re: To win or not to lose
DJMc (IP Logged)
14/04/2016 16:12
It is my biggest fear that even if we do etch out a lead that the team retreat into their shells and we resort to a kicking game for territory because, let's face it, they are not very good at it. I know there are many occasions when it is necessary to kick so when we do I think the ball should be walloped in to touch which while it gives away possession there is time to arrange the defensive alignment and this better than just kicking down the throat of the Irish back three.

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Monkey1 (IP Logged)
14/04/2016 16:28
Blimey Leipy, you've got me all fired up now & it's only Thursday.

Re: To win or not to lose
Pongping (IP Logged)
14/04/2016 16:55
Nice article. Pumping balls to their back 3 means we will lose this game. We don't do it well enough and they are too good on the return, Quins only realised that late in the game against them last week.

Re: To win or not to lose
eastfalcon (IP Logged)
15/04/2016 09:42
Excellent piece Leipy - hope to see you on Sunday. smiling smiley

Onwards and Upwards!

Re: To win or not to lose
Ozzy3213 (IP Logged)
15/04/2016 10:04
Excellent piece and all absolutely spot on. Both teams need to be brave and go for it. Best of luck for Sunday folks, and here's hoping that the best team wins.

Re: To win or not to lose
Cantabrian (IP Logged)
15/04/2016 10:09
Cracking piece Leipy.

Re: To win or not to lose
London_Falcon (IP Logged)
15/04/2016 10:50
Great piece Leipy. We'll be glued to the telly down here too. We should be aiming to kill them off in the first 20mins. A couple of quick tries and the pressure will be heaped on them.

Re: To win or not to lose
falconsfan07 (IP Logged)
15/04/2016 11:23
Yet again another cracking write up by you, the game against worcester was so dull! poor crowd! poor team, this team looks good and with a bumper crowd expected I think we will chuck the ball about and actually play some good footy! COYF!

Re: To win or not to lose
Leipziger (IP Logged)
15/04/2016 14:41
Cheers guys! Eastfalcon - yes I have for some reason been given Sunday off so I will be there!

Re: To win or not to lose
DB23 (IP Logged)
15/04/2016 18:59
Another excellent piece, Leipziger. Monkey1 and yourself, among others, do a fantastic job in keeping some perspective on this board with all things Falcons.

Sometimes the board comments go beyond reasonable (including me occasionally!)but you always maintain a calming, pragmatic viewpoint. Thanks

Re: To win or not to lose
Osric (IP Logged)
16/04/2016 12:11
Assuming the worst and we lose but achieve a LBP, we remain one ahead of Irish. We're more likely to get something from Sale at home than they are against Quins and Wasps. Not how we'd like it, but we stay up, even with the loss.
Assuming the best, when did we last get a four try bonus point win?

Re: To win or not to lose
Leipziger (IP Logged)
16/04/2016 13:36
In the Premiership, it was Harlequins on the last day of last season, we scored five tries and won 37-21.

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