‘Change needed against Sarries’ – Olmstead

Date published: September 13 2017

Newcastle Falcons lock Evan Olmstead says change is needed this weekend as his charges attempt to keep up their strong start to the Premiership season.

The Falcons face Saracens in Philadelphia this weekend and Olmstead is looking forward to the challenge that awaits them.

“Playing against Saracens you’ve got to keep them guessing, keep them on their toes,” the Canadian told PremiershipRugby.com. “They’ve got some pretty spectacular players.

“Everyone talks about the Saracens kick-chase, that Saracens pressure they build, but we showed last year when we mixed things up and changed the picture on them, they don’t quite know how to respond.

“An area that’s been big for us this year has been our defence, so we need to keep bringing our defence and put them under pressure, even the best players make mistakes when they’re put under the pump.”

This defence was shown in Newcastle’s 13-12 win over Sale Sharks on Friday. Calum Green and Mark Wilson each made 17 tackles that evening.

Ex-London Scottish lock Olmstead says this week the atmosphere is simmering in the city ahead of Saturday’s match.

“I’ve seen there are posters plastered up all over the place so I think there’s interest around,” Olmstead said.

“There’s big photographs of Niki Goneva and Owen Farrell going head-to-head so it should be interesting on Saturday.

“Quite a few of the guys have never been to the United States before, so to see all these shops that you’ve heard about, driving down the road and seeing 15 Dunkin’ Donuts within two blocks, it’s good.

“It’s a normal training week in a unique setting, it’s something a bit different for us.

“It’ll be the same as a home game at Newcastle would be, but in a different setting, instead of your usual coffee break you might go and run up the Rocky steps.”

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