Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards offered only qualified praise for his side’s 18-9 victory at Cornish Pirates on Sunday.
The director of rugby said: “This isn’t an easy place to come and we’ve ended up with four points, but we’re disappointed because we felt there was a fifth out there for us which we failed to take.
“They’re a difficult team to play against, and even though we had most of the territory and possession in the second half we just couldn’t make it count.
“We squandered a number of points also by going for the corner rather than kicking at goal, but that’s life sometimes.”
After a scrappy game with plenty going on around the tackle area, Richards added: “A lot of the chat at half-time was about how to play the referee because he wasn’t giving anything for either side at the breakdown, so it was understanding how to deal with that.
“Once we did we were a little bit happier, and they eventually had a couple of guys sent to the sin bin.
“The boys are disappointed just to have come away with four points, but this was always going to be a tough assignment.
“It was a funny old day in a lot of respects, and I don’t think it was the best advert for rugby.
“Still, we’re three wins from three in the league, and we know we’ve got a lot more in us. Pirates are a tough nut to crack, but we just about did it.”
- Photo credit: Brian Tempest.