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Newastle Falcons v London Scottish - Preview


By Falcons
February 21 2020

Newcastle Falcons welcome London Scottish to Kingston Park this Saturday 22nd in the knock-out stages of the Championship Cup. London Scottish unfortunately have not won a game this year 2020. So this game might be their last chance for glory.  Falcons played Scottish in October at the Athletic Ground and it was a very tight affair on the day 13-17, so they are very capable of giving Falcons a ‘run for their money’!  


RFU Championship Cup Quarter-Final

Newcastle Falcons v London Scottish

Saturday 22nd February 2020

 Kingston Park – Kick Off 3pm

 

 

The weather once again is looking a bit nasty, Strong winds, rain and temperatures feeling like three degrees.

Defence coach John Wells says Newcastle Falcons’ goal is to keep their winning run going, with Saturday’s Championship Cup home quarter-final against London Scottish presenting the opportunity for a 20th successive victory.  Full article here

The Falcons have put in place reduced ticket prices for Saturday's match. Season ticket members and season car park pass holders are reminded that this game is not included in their package.  Information on Ticket prices Here

The Quarter-Finals:

Nottingham v Doncaster Knights

Ealing Trailfinders v Jersey Reds

Newcastle Falcons v London Scottish

Cornish Pirates v Coventry 

If the Falcons get through to the Semi-Finals the game would be played at Kingston Park

on the weekend of  April 17/18/19, with the final on the weekend of May 15/16/17

 

Newcastle Falcons: 15 Alex Tait, 14 Adam Radwan, 13 Ben Stevenson, 12 Gareth Owen, 11 Sinoti Sinoti, 10 Toby Flood (captain), 9 Sam Stuart, 1 Trevor Davison, 2 Jamie Blamire, 3 Rodney Ah You, 4 Toby Salmon, 5 Sebastian de Chaves, 6 Callum Chick, 7 Gary Graham, 8 Simon Uzokwe, 

Replacements: 16 Charlie Maddison, 17 Adam Brocklebank, 18 Mark Tampin, 19 Greg Peterson, 20 Philip van der Walt, 21 Joel Hodgson, 22 Johnny Williams, 23 Tom Arscott

 

London Scottish: 15. Luke Hibberd, 14. Rob Stevenson, 13. Dan Barnes, 12. Harry Sheppard, 11. Bobby Beattie, 10. Will Magie, 9. Josh Barton, 1. Lewis Holsey,    2. Billy Harding, 3. Phil Cringle, 4. Alex Toolis, 5. Luke Frost, 6. Matt Eliet, 7. Jack Ingall, 8. Mark Bright 

Replacements 16. James Malcolm, 17. Ryan Eveleigh, 18. Kyle Whyte, 19. Matas Jurevicius, 20. Miles Wakeling, 21. Lewis Wynne, 22. Charlie Gowling, 23. Elliott Creed

Referee: Andrew Jackson

 

  

 

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Newastle Falcons v London Scottish -Preview
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2020:02:21:12:37:22 by Falcona.

GeordieFalcon
21/02/2020 12:40
The side played some nice attacking rugby in spells last week. More than we've seen all season.

I know its a cup game..but would it not be nice to try and build a bit of consistency now...and familiarity playing some high tempo pacy rugby.

Start Connon again etc.

matt1il
21/02/2020 12:51
I haven't got the idea of picking first choice players in this cup all season (compared to when we were in the Challenge Cup and fielding 2nd/3rd choice players) and guess that won't change so hopefully it serves to keep the momentum going.

Also:
"London Scottish unfortunately have not won a game this season."
They've won 3 league games...

Falcona
21/02/2020 13:18
Quote:
matt1il
I haven't got the idea of picking first choice players in this cup all season (compared to when we were in the Challenge Cup and fielding 2nd/3rd choice players) and guess that won't change so hopefully it serves to keep the momentum going.
Also:
"London Scottish unfortunately have not won a game this season."
They've won 3 league games...


This was taken from their own website " A win is still eluding Scottish so far this year.!


Doing the best I can Matt!!

I am now presuming they mean 2020 -?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2020:02:21:13:24:09 by Falcona.

matt1il
21/02/2020 14:27
Quote:
Falcona
Quote:
matt1il
I haven't got the idea of picking first choice players in this cup all season (compared to when we were in the Challenge Cup and fielding 2nd/3rd choice players) and guess that won't change so hopefully it serves to keep the momentum going.
Also:
"London Scottish unfortunately have not won a game this season."
They've won 3 league games...


This was taken from their own website " A win is still eluding Scottish so far this year.!


Doing the best I can Matt!!

I am now presuming they mean 2020 -?

Fair enough!

Barry555
21/02/2020 16:27
Itís a cup game so isnít a priority. High chance of winning regardless of what side we put out. Some interesting combos!

AJfalc
21/02/2020 17:18
Dare say the cup isnít a priority for London Scottish either.

Barry555
21/02/2020 17:21
Probably AJfalc. And I couldnít comment on if Scottish are putting out a strong side or not. Donít know much about them to be honest.

Look forward to see our Stevenson at 13. Heís looked good on the wing.

Exiled Falcon
21/02/2020 18:37
Only Uzokwe seems to get a semi regular gig from the group of what you could call academy / up and coming forwards, maybe Dean doesnít rate the rest at the moment.

Would have thought this match was taylor made for one of the young scrum halves to get a run out but what do I know.

markismith50
21/02/2020 19:05
You canít play in the cup unless you played in the group stage. The RFU made an exception for Johnny Williams this week.

alas
21/02/2020 19:15
Nordli-Kelemeti has played in the group stage. Is he still injured?

Exiled Falcon
21/02/2020 19:16
Ahhh, that makes sense. Thanks Smithy.

markismith50
21/02/2020 19:30
Pretty sure Cam isnít fit but Iíll stand corrected

RiponFalcon
22/02/2020 18:21
I wasnít at the game today but can see from the report that Johnny Williams came on as a sub but was then substituted. Did he get injured ?

pityacker
22/02/2020 19:39
Johnny walked off after treatment I have no idea if it was an HIA or another injury.

FalcDancer
22/02/2020 19:43
Quote:
pityacker
Johnny walked off after treatment I have no idea if it was an HIA or another injury.

I hope not. With Jersey & Ealing in the league on the horizon we really need our best players fit

alas
22/02/2020 20:03
It was a leg injury.

Robs
22/02/2020 21:14
Did anyone other than Pityacker and Alas go to the game today?!

AJfalc
22/02/2020 21:30
Quote:
Robs
Did anyone other than Pityacker and Alas go to the game today?!
2003 apparently

Leipziger
22/02/2020 21:32
Match report suggests it wasn't a hugely inspiring game, and that the Falcons were never in any danger. Can't argue with another 4-try win, forward to the semi-finals.

Robs
22/02/2020 21:49
[quote AJfalc][quote Robs]Did anyone other than Pityacker and Alas go to the game today?![/quote]
2003 apparently[/quote

That must be a genuine/accurate figure excluding ST no showers

Wensleydale Falcon
22/02/2020 22:13
A very straightforward win in yet again awful conditions. Very professional performance and Scottish very rarely threatened.
Our 4th try was something special....hope Jonny W is ok as he was class again when he came on.

joefrog
22/02/2020 22:34
Must say that Toby Fllood played extremely well today, motivating his team mates throughout

markismith50
22/02/2020 22:50
Hi Robs, Ďseason ticket no-showsí as you so elegantly put it, wouldnít count today as it wasnít on the season ticket.

JustAnotherOnlooker
22/02/2020 22:51
Quote:
Robs
Did anyone other than Pityacker and Alas go to the game today?!
I did! Definately the smallest crowd i've seen. Practically had an entire block of seats in the West Stand to myself.

Sam Stuart got MOTM today which was very well deseverved. Hopefully he'll get a run of league games off the back of this.

Barry555
22/02/2020 22:58
Didnít inspire much today to be honest.

Sam Stuart went well , run of games for him now that Tane has left. Flood was on great form , to get 100% kicking in that today with kicks from out wide too shows the blokes class.

Apart from that not much happened really.

Hope Williams Isnt out for too long , he was getting back to his best but we have adequate cover there.

Into the semi finals anyway , knockout rugby isnít about performance itís about results. 20 game winning streak , canít whinge too much eh!

Robs
22/02/2020 23:10
Quote:
markismith50
Hi Robs, Ďseason ticket no-shows
í as you so elegantly put it, wouldnít count today as it wasnít on the season ticket.

That was my very point Mark!
For games covered by Season Tickets we have no idea how many people might actually be attending.
As it wasn't included in the ST package somebody will have had to count the numbers coming through the turnstiles

markismith50
22/02/2020 23:24
Sorry Robs, I thought you were stating that todayís gate included ST no-shows. Thanks for clarifying.

The Boyfriend
23/02/2020 08:14
Between the dismal turnout, Arctic wind and fairly mediocre game, that one was a real endurance trial. Only stand out of the whole thing was Flood being on absolutely excellent form in appalling conditions.

Rogerandout
23/02/2020 08:52
Was a smaller crowd than I expected.
Weird game to watch in that the set piece was pretty solid, Flood did well and yet we had very little possession. The ref definitely favoured Scottish. Our play did improve once Williams came on and he and Stevenson gave us a very powerful aggressive looking punch in the midfield.
Blamire carries well again,Van de Walt came on, Graham was his usual impressive self.
Nothing happened really and yet we were pretty decent and it was dull to watch.

aidanb
23/02/2020 09:02
How did Van der Walt look ?

Is he going to make an impact in our team ?

pityacker
23/02/2020 09:19
[quote aidanb]How did Van der Walt look ?

Is he going to make an impact in our team ?[

I watched Van der Walt closely for the 20 minutes he played out of curiosity as had seen so little of him wondering why he had been signed and really liked what I saw lots of aggression knows exactly what to do and at least twice when breaks were made he was there on the shoulder to support and carry on the move if he stays fit I think going by what I saw during his short run out he is going to be a very good signing.

stuart66
23/02/2020 14:16
Except from some missed high tackles I think the ref had a very good game.
The falcons give away too many penalties holding on when tackled , tacklers not rolling away and handling while off their feet. Falcons too good for the conference but did not look a premiship team

Rogerandout
23/02/2020 14:53
I too like the look of Van de Walt. I like Graham and obviously Wilson and that to me is as good a back row as we will see in the Premiership next year.

aidanb
23/02/2020 17:19
[quote pityacker][quote aidanb]How did Van der Walt look ?

Is he going to make an impact in our team ?[

I watched Van der Walt closely for the 20 minutes he played out of curiosity as had seen so little of him wondering why he had been signed and really liked what I saw lots of aggression knows exactly what to do and at least twice when breaks were made he was there on the shoulder to support and carry on the move if he stays fit I think going by what I saw during his short run out he is going to be a very good signing.[/quote]

Thanks

RiponFalcon
23/02/2020 18:52
Assuming we get promoted a back row of wilson Graham and de Walt is as good as any. Probably even more important a back row of welch hardie and chick will hold there own. As we discovered last year it is often the strength of your second 15 that is key. We are comfortable in the back row but not in many other positions

Barry555
23/02/2020 22:43
PVDW bit of an unknown quantity. Seem to have been injured for most of the campaign so far. However the glimpses of him have been promising. Typical Saffer , physical and abrasive yet a cool edge to him. I think he could turn out to be a very good signing.

Bedlington Lad
24/02/2020 07:56
A good win in horrible conditions, that wind was bad enough in the stand, let alone on the park. I do think the team needs to try and play refs better, we conceded a lot of penalties.

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