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Godman targets Falcons momentum

04th March 2014 10:16

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Determined: Phil Godman

Newcastle Falcons fly-half Phil Godman believes his side can build on their strong first-half showing against Leicester Tigers.

This season, the Falcons have often endured slow starts to matches, but against the Premiership champions on Sunday, they turned in a fine display during the opening period.

Indeed, though eventually winding up on the wrong end of a 41-18 defeat, the Kingston Park side - playing in front of their largest home crowd of the campaign so far - led the Tigers for much of that first forty minutes.

"We knew in our previous two games against Northampton and Harlequins we had started badly and we were determined to turn that on its head," Godman told the ChronicleLive.

"The plan was to go out and take the game to them, which is what we did.

"We put good width on the ball and moved their big pack around.

"Unfortunately, they came back into it and their power game came to the fore, but there were things we can build on."

A pair of five-pointers from Fijian juggernaut Niki Goneva, and a try apiece for back-rows Thomas Waldrom and Pablo Matera guaranteed the visitors a bonus point win.

"Leicester have a fantastic power game and our scrum began to creak a little," conceded Godman.

"The amount of energy we expended defending in the first half, and also in attack, allowed Leicester to use their big ball-carriers later on.

"That took them over the gain-line, and then the likes of Goneva and Manu Tuilagi came into the game.

"Goneva's try at the end of the first half was a bit of a turning point because we had a bit of a lead going, and it was a bit of freak x-factor play from him down that right wing.

"That was disappointing, and I don't think the scoreline really reflected the overall balance of the game."

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