Belief and unity can see Newcastle Falcons home against Wasps on Sunday, says scrum-half Sonatane Takulua
Sonatane Takulua says Newcastle Falcons’ collective belief can pull them away from the foot of the Aviva Premiership table as they prepare for Sunday’s visit of Wasps.
The 3pm kick-off sees the Falcons up against the side to which they fell 9-8 in Coventry last month, the Tonga scrum-half saying Newcastle have the ability and mental toughness required to produce results.
He said: “As a team if it comes down to the last minute it boils down to who really wants it, and it’s up to individuals to get themselves together and keep pushing for victory until the last whistle. We can do that if we have the right attitude.
“We believe we can get the points if we play as we can, and stick to our plan. It’s going to be a big game. Wasps have good players, as I believe we do. We’ve got to think like that.
“When we play against teams like that we’ve got to take positive thinking into the game, because if we get our stuff right and get our roles right and hang in there until the last whistle, I’m sure we’ll get the right result.”
With bottom club London Irish closing the gap to five points courtesy of last weekend’s home win over Gloucester, Takulua said: “Even though we’re still ahead of them, Irish winning gave us more energy to fight. We have to win or get some points from every game, we can’t just rely on our game against London Irish to get the points. We’ve got to take every game as a cup final and get the points we can.
“As a team there’s a big belief. The captain always mentions it every week. It can’t just be one person or half a team believing, it’s got to be everyone. We’ll get the result if we all believe as a team.”
Sunday’s game marks the last day at the club for half-back partner Andy Goode, whose three-month stint expires after a date billed as #GoodeSunday in the pre-match marketing material.
Takulua said of the former England fly-half: “It will be sad to see him leaving.
“He’s a good lad, he’s funny. His experiences have given us a lot in the short time he’s been with us. It’s meant a lot coming from a good player like him, and I’m sure the boys will pick up the goods from him.”
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