Wednesday 26 April 2017

Falcons remain rock bottom

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Newcastle will hope to get their season up and running when they travel to play Worcester Warriors on Saturday, but they will need to show a massive improvement
Newcastle will hope to get their season up and running when they travel to play Worcester Warriors on Saturday, but they will need to show a massive improvement

John Fallon

Newcastle Falcons' dreadful start to the season reach crisis point at the weekend when they were hammered 41-3 at home by Exeter.

It was a third defeat on the trot for Dean Richards' men and their second loss at Kingston Park and they continue to prop up the table with no points after three games.

Indeed, it is beginning to look that London Irish, also without a point after three games, and Falcons will be battling it out for the season to avoid relegation unless there is a big upswing in their fortunes.

Newcastle will hope to get their season up and running when they travel to play Worcester Warriors on Saturday, but they will need to show a massive improvement.

They have only scored four tries and have conceded 13 in the three games to date, averaging about 15 for and 40 against per game.

Former All Black Mike Delany gave them hope with an early penalty in front of 5,160 in their own backyard, but Exeter Chiefs had the bonus point wrapped up by the 32nd minute.

In France, Brive were eleven points up at the interval away to Racing 92 but a good recovery by the Paris side saw them win 17-14.

Three penalties from the in-form Gaetan Germain and a try from Sevanaia Galala had Brive 14-3 ahead at half-time but they couldn't hold on and will hope to do better when they entertain Bordeaux Begles tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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