Newcastle Falcons No 8 Callum Chick says a few ‘easy fixes’ can be rectified in time for the Gallagher Premiership opener at home to Saracens on Sunday September 2, having lost to Edinburgh on Friday.
Speaking after the 23-13 home loss, Chick said: “Edinburgh are a really good outfit but the frustration on our part is that we feel like we didn’t play to the best of our ability.
“It’s still pre-season and we’re still trying things, but we expected better of ourselves. There were certain things we spoke about in the lead-up which we didn’t do, but they’re easy fixes and going into the Saracens game next Sunday we’ll put them right.”
A bruising 80 minutes saw no quarter given by either side, Chick saying: “It was pre-season but both teams really wanted the game, we’re in the same Champions Cup group and both clubs wanted to put down a marker for that.
“We’ve got the Premiership champions coming here next Sunday and we want to get ready for that, but unfortunately the momentum didn’t come for us tonight. We know we can fix those things, we’ll look at it during the week and we’ll be flying into the Premiership opener.”
Insisting Friday’s defeat will not derail their Premiership campaign, he added: “It’s a bit of a kick up the backside if I’m totally honest, and we probably needed it.
“It means every single player will come into training next week totally switched on, but obviously we want to win every game, and we’re disappointed we didn’t take this one. It’s a shame but we’ll put it behind us, and look to learn.
“We’re focusing on Saracens, it’s at home in front of hopefully a big crowd and we need to get our game right.”
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