Richards rues missed opportunities

Date published: March 6 2017

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards rued missed opportunities after his side’s loss to Saracens on Sunday.

The Saracens claimed 35-27 win over Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park after scoring five tries to Newcastle’s three.

Richards believes his side could have used their opportunities better in the fixture.

“We are disappointed but it’s probably a measure of where we are at this moment in time,” Richards told reporters.

“We are a side which is evolving and we are getting there but we went off-script a little bit. We didn’t do what we said we were going to do and when you’re up against a side as accurate as Saracens time and time again, it comes back to haunt you.

“We missed three try-scoring opportunities. Had we taken those it might have been a different thing altogether, but you’ve got to take them and we didn’t. That was probably the story of the day, really, and Saracens were far more clinical than we were.”

“I am pretty upset about today and I know the players are as well.”