Richards praises Newcastle’s ‘accuracy’

Date published: November 26 2016

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Newcastle Falcons Director of rugby Dean Richards insists his side still have plenty more in the tank after their 22-16 victory over Northampton Saints.

The north-west outfit led at the interval at Franklin’s Gardens after Joel Hodgson grabbed an early try and cancelled out Stephen Myler’s penalty with a kick of his own.

Despite Kieran Brookes’ red card just before the break, Northampton hit back with ten unanswered points as Christian Day scored their 1000th Premiership Rugby try.

But the Falcons made their one-man advantage count as Will Witty scored on 73 minutes, and another Myler penalty was not enough when Niki Goneva intercepted a Tom Kessell pass and ran the length of the field to score a match-winning try.

"We’ve been a bit inaccurate so far and so we’ll get better and better as the season goes on. We’ve got a huge injury list too at the moment, and as those guys start to come back we’ll get better," Richards told the Premiership Rugby website.

"We did have a bit more accuracy about us today, but there were still probably three tries that went begging so there is still room to improve.

"I thought Joel played really well as did a lot of the other boys as well. It’s not a one-man team, and I thought towards the end our scrum started to dominate – although they were a man down at that point.

"Lineouts went well today as well, and while we didn’t get our rolling maul sorted out, Joel controlled everything, put us in the right areas and got the try he deserved as well.

"You want to win every game, don’t you? So we’ll be trying to win the next game and then the one after that as well."

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