Hooker Ben Sowrey says Newcastle Falcons still have the necessary focus and belief for Sunday’s Aviva Premiership visit of Leicester Tigers (kick-off 3pm).
A summer signing from Worcester, Sowrey dotted down a pair of tries in Monday night’s 38-21 Aviva A-League victory over Northampton, and remains confident the Falcons’ first team can get back to winning ways following last weekend’s reverse at Bath.
“We have not lost the belief and the good feeling that was around this place a couple of weeks ago,” said Sowrey, the prolific front-rower who played in an unbeaten pre-season campaign as well as forming part of the squad for their opening-night league victory over Sale Sharks.
“We know Leicester will be tough and they will test us in lots of areas, but we’re ready for that and we have shown within the past year we can beat them.”
Insisting his squad are not stewing on last weekend’s defeat in the West Country, the Yorkshireman added: “Saturday at Bath was massively tough, as everyone knows. You have just got to put it down as a bad day when you consider all the good things we have shown during pre-season and beating Sale.
“It was a blip, the only way is up from a day like that but the good thing is that everyone has come back this week with a really positive mind-set and a total commitment to put it right against Leicester.
“We have had a tough look at ourselves in the analysis, as you would expect, but we don’t intend to dwell on one bad performance longer than we need to. It is done now, we move on and it’s all about showing what we can really do against Leicester on Sunday.”
One of many stand-outs in Monday night’s second-string triumph over Northampton as Newcastle began the A-League season with an emphatic home result, he said: “The boys really put it in.
“I thought we stuck to the game plan pretty well, we wanted to have a good start and we executed that by getting some early tries on the board. We out-enthused them, we got into our shape early and we generally wanted it more.”
Happy he has made the right move after joining from Worcester, Sowrey added: “I’m loving it here so far, both from a rugby and lifestyle perspective. There’s so much to do up here. We went to watch the Great North Run on Sunday, the beaches are great, there’s loads going on in town and from that side it couldn’t have been better.
“On the rugby front, too, things are fantastic at the club. I love being involved, I came up here to get some game time and it has been great on that side. It is something I really needed, I am getting a lot of confidence from being picked and just trying to get better all the time.”
Sunday’s 3pm kick-off against Leicester Tigers is part of a cross-code double header at Kingston Park Stadium, where Newcastle Falcons face North Wales Crusaders at 5.15pm in the Kingstone Pres League 1 Shield final. Falcons fans are welcome to stay inside the ground at no extra charge to watch the rugby league match, with tickets available on 0871 226 6060 or by clicking here.