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Falcons must build on win - Richards

28th October 2013 06:42

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Bedford BLUES NEWCASTLE Falcons DEAN RICHARDS

Dean Richards: Wants consistency

Newcastle boss Dean Richards has called for more of the same from his side moving forward after they scrapped their way to a narrow win over London Irish.

The win, Falcons' third already in the Aviva Premiership this season, was their first in front of their home fans at Kingston Park and owed much to Adam Powell's second-half try.

Replacement Shane Geraghty had the chance to win it for the Exiles with the last kick of the game but in appalling conditions that had seen his ball blow off the kicking tee the fly-half rushed his kick and it fell agonisingly short.

And for Richards it was a case of taking the positives from the result and moving onwards and upwards in what is a gruelling top-flight season.

"The result was important but it's your consistency throughout the year that's the important thing," he said.

"For us we're now in these tight contests which is quite nice.

"We can grind out a win but we're not scoring many tries but there again we've not been playing in fantastic conditions other than at Leicester where we had a bit of a hiding to be honest.

"It was an arm wrestle in appalling conditions."

Ofisa Treviranus scored a try in the first half for the Exiles who played a more expansive game than the Falcons in slippery wet conditions.

But after Powell's try in the second half had opened up a two point lead for the hosts Geraghty still had the chance to win it for Brian Smith's side.

And after watching the rushed penalty fall short Smith was left to rue what might have been.

"I think if we had our time again we would take our time and plant the ball on the tee and put the heat back on the official, but the scrum-half was scrambling to get the ball back on the tee and the fly-half was doing his best under unusual circumstances," he said.

"It's a funny game. It's very disappointing from our point of view but I don't want to take anything away from the Falcons."

"We didn't really give ourselves a chance.

"It's a shame that sport can go down to those crunch moments but that's sport, that's life. That's why we come back every Sunday."

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