Newcastle reflect on 'dreadful' start

Date published: September 22 2014

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Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards stated that his side were 'dreadful' in the opening 28 minutes against Northampton on Sunday.

Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards stated that his side were 'dreadful' in the opening 28 minutes against Northampton on Sunday.

The hosts were facing a 3-28 deficit after Ken Pisi went over for Northampton's third try before half an hour was up on the clock.

Discussing the words spoken at half-time as Newcastle rallied to draw the second half 7-7, Richards added that he still believed the Falcons were making progress.

Even if that's the case, Newcastle have now lost their last 19 Premiership matches in a row and are tied on a single point at the bottom of the table with London Welsh.

“In the first 28 minutes we were dreadful,” said Richards.

“We sat down at half-time and said, 'Look, what chances have we got?' and everyone thought we might be able to get four tries, or get within a losing bonus point or even get the four points.

“We didn't think they had done anything out of the ordinary we were just poor in the first 28 minutes.

“We have to have more accuracy in what we're doing and we didn't have that accuracy which is what ultimately let us down in the final 10 or 15 minutes.

“I definitely think progress is being made and the quality of players coming through is promising.

“There's a lot of stardust in there but a lot of youth as well and we need to get that blend right.”

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