Newcastle centre Adam Powell says that their opponents on Saturday, London Welsh, will be approaching the match like it is a “cup final”.
Newcastle inside centre Adam Powell believes their opponents on Saturday, London Welsh, will be approaching the Premiership match like a “cup final”.
The north-east side recorded their first win in the Premiership since October 2013 when they beat Exeter Chiefs 29-24 at home last Sunday.
But with their tails up, former Saracens centre Powell has warned that this week’s opponents at the Kassam Stadium will be tough opposition.
“Everyone is just looking forward to the weekend now. It is a big game and we know that Welsh will be approaching this as their cup final, thinking that this is a game that they will have targeted to win,” he told Newcastle Falcons‘ official website.
“It is an away game in the Aviva Premiership and they are never easy, so we know we are going to have to prove to ourselves that we can deliver consistency in our performances.”
That is the task for the Falcons as they look to climb the standings and Powell admits it was a refreshing change to be in a winning mood after Sunday’s match at Kingston Park.
“It was an amazing feeling to get back into a winning dressing room and see the smiles on everyone’s faces. There was a bit of relief but mainly it was just brilliant to get that feeling back,” he added.
“The win was the last step we needed, we have been playing good rugby this year and scoring tries and we have been trying to get an improved level of accuracy so we aren’t making as many mistakes or coughing up ball and letting other teams get on top of use if they haven’t earned the right to.
“We’ve got to keep working on it, and keep improving as we’ve only won one game but I definitely think we’re taking the right steps.”