‘The bubble will burst eventually’ – Dean Richards

Date published: December 6 2020

Dean Richards knows Newcastle’s bubble will burst at some point, but he intends to enjoy their perfect Premiership start while it lasts after beating Wasps 27-17 in Coventry.

The Falcons made it three wins from three in their first season back in the English top flight as tries from Adam Radwan, Marco Fuser and Ben Stevenson secured victory at the Ricoh Arena.

Toby Flood also added 12 points from the tee for the newly promoted side to consign last year’s beaten Premiership finalists to their second consecutive defeat in the league.

Second place

The victory means Newcastle sit second in the table, just three points behind champions Exeter, but Richards insists his players are not getting too carried away just yet.

“Full credit to the boys, they’re actually saying with a little bit more accuracy in terms of our exits and fielding high balls in certain areas it would have been a more comfortable win,” he said.

“But you’ve got to take your hat off to Wasps, they probably butchered a few tries that they should have had, and it would have been a closer game, but I thought on the whole we deserved the win.

“We got a couple of bumps and bruises and a few boys tired in that second half and we became a little bit disjointed, but I thought they played well and they were totally committed like they have been over the past three weeks, and delighted we’ve got the three wins.

“The bubble will burst eventually, we’ll come a cropper at some stage against a team, but it’s all down to aspirations, work rate and working for each other.”

Paolo Odogwu, Tom West and Levi Douglas all scored tries for Wasps, but head coach Lee Blackett struggled to take many positives from his side’s performance.

“There’s normally a couple of parts of your game when you go ‘at least that was good’, I think probably aerially and in terms of our kicks, we got quite a few back,” he said.

“But I think that was really the only positive part of our game. Plenty of aspects of our game were off. I felt like we created enough opportunities, but I just thought our basics just let us down.

“So that’s the disappointing part. Obviously second week in a row we gifted them a try as well with an intercept. It’s obviously difficult, we’re gutted.

“There’s been a lot of changes during the week, obviously with the internationals coming back and having one session, we just don’t look like there’s enough continuity in us.

“Newcastle’s line speed, especially on the edge, was pretty impressive. They put us under a lot of pressure, so it’s not just as easy as going out and passing a ball.”