Richards hails 'immense' forward effort in Jersey

Saturday 29 February 2020

Dean Richards hailed his Newcastle Falcons mud men after the Championship leaders extended their winning streak to 21 games thanks to Saturday’s 38-3 victory in Jersey.

Facing a gale-force wind in the first half but leading 24-3 at the break, the director of rugby said: “We knew with the weather the way it was that we had to keep it tight, and the boys did that incredibly well.

“I thought our forwards were absolutely superb, and I really do mean that. It was an incredible performance from them in horrendous conditions.

“Jersey are a good side and they normally dominate teams here, so we knew we had to turn up.

“To be fair to the boys they really did that, and I can’t fault them in any way.”

Achieving another bonus-point victory to extend their lead at the top of the table to 13 points, Richards said: “Our forwards were absolutely immense – there’s no other word for it.

“We had a gale-force wind against us in the first half and we basically couldn’t kick the ball because it was so strong, but we managed 82% possession in that half and managed it incredibly well.

“Overall we had 73% possession and we also played well with the wind in the second half, which was great to see in front of such a large and vocal away support. Our line-out was 100%, too, and it was just a tremendous effort.”

Defying the weather conditions which had caused travel disruption for some of the club’s supporters, the Falcons boss added: “It’s the sign of a good team to be able to produce a performance in such awful weather, and this was a good day for us.

“The forwards absolutely loved it, although I did feel a bit sorry for the outside backs being stood with their hands in their pockets in freezing weather like that.

“Brett Connon managed the game really well from fly-half, he kicked 100% and did what needed to be done, and it was just great to see such a team performance like that away from home against a good side.”

Newcastle Falcons’ next game is at home to Bedford Blues on Friday March 13. Tickets for the 8pm kick-off are available by clicking here.

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