Dean Richards admitted there was a tinge of disappointment that his Newcastle Falcons side did not claim the full five points during Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership home win over Worcester Warriors, though he did credit a barnstorming first-half performance.
The Falcons led 17-6 at the midway stage, with neither side troubling the scorers during a scrappy second half in which the worsening elements played their part.
The director of rugby said: “Worcester are a difficult team to beat, but I thought in the first half we tore them apart.
“We didn’t quite keep up that intensity in the second half, and had we done so we might have been sat here with five points.
“That’s not to de-cry their ability, it was just down to the high intensity with which we had trained all week and the momentum we took into the game.
“I thought we were fantastic in the first half – we scored two great tries and probably should have had a couple more – but that’s life.
“We didn’t quite take that same intensity into the second half and deliver it over the 80 minutes, which I feel we can do, quite easily.”
Richards added: “We’re disappointed we weren’t able to push on and claim the full five points, which was our goal, but at the same time I can’t be too critical.
“The boys are a little bit downbeat in the changing room because they felt another couple of tries were out there for them, but we’ll take the four points and move on to next weekend’s game down at Wasps.
“The guys will have definitely gained confidence from today, we’re doing some things right and we’re gradually getting there. A score-less second half was partly down to the conditions, it was tough for the boys out there with the slippy ball, and to be fair I thought there were inaccuracies from both sides.
“We’d talked all week about discipline and keeping a cool head, which for the most part we stuck to. On the whole I thought both sides, in fairness, kept their discipline, and for us it was more just about getting the confidence in knowing we can score tries.”
With winger Zach Kibirige opening the scoring to continue his prolific streak, Richards said: “Zach is lightning quick, and oddly enough he was disappointed with how he played at Exeter last weekend even though he scored two tries.
“He’s setting high standards and I thought he was better today in terms of his all-round play, as well as scoring one excellent try and having another marginal one disallowed by the TMO. He was really busy, and when he’s involved like that he will get opportunities. I thought he played very well today.”
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