Harrison Orr believes the Singha 7s has been a useful exercise for Newcastle Falcons despite having lost both of their games on finals day.
After winning their Kingston Park qualifier the previous weekend the Falcons fell to both Ospreys and Harlequins on Sunday in Coventry, Orr saying: “Even with the disappointment of losing both games in the finals we feel like it has been a worthwhile competition.
“On the fitness side it has been great, and the boys have got into some good full-contact stuff. We are where we want to be fitness-wise and we will keep on working on the rest of our game.”
Lamenting his side’s pair of defeats at the Ricoh Arena, the Aussie back-rower added: “We were pretty disappointed with how we went.
“We started poorly in the Plate semi-final with Harlequins. There were some good individual performances from guys like Adam Radwan, but overall we didn’t perform as we know we can.
“In the Cup quarter-final with Ospreys we started pretty well and had the first try to our name, but we made a few lapses with things like our communication in defence.”
Now looking to translate his sevens endeavours into the 15-a-side game, Orr said: “In terms of the 15s stuff the boys enjoyed a positive start scoring 50 points against Nottingham on Saturday, there were good signs in that game and we are just excited now to get into the season.
“We are a team who like to move the ball around and play with lots of flair – the boys are looking strong in pre-season and shaping up well.”
Newcastle Falcons are next in action on Saturday when they host Greene King IPA Championship finalists Doncaster Knights in a 3pm kick-off at Kingston Park Stadium.
This game is included in the 2016-17 season ticket membership package. Non-season ticket members can gain entry for £20 premium seating, £10 standard seating and standing or £5 for under-16s. To book call 0871 226 6060 or click here