Newcastle Falcons’ Gonzalo Tiesi believes that the club’s season begins now, following last weekend’s 29 – 24 victory over Exeter Chiefs.
The 29 year old once again put in an eye catching performance in the centres and made the break that allowed Tom Catterick to score his crucial try and is confident that the team are turning a corner.
“Teams have to learn to win and once it happens it gives you the confidence to play and changes things substantially. There are no easy games in this competition the top end sides are playing the bottom end sides in some very tight matches.”
“If you look at the games against Leicester and Wasps, we had critical moments in the game where if everything had been on our side we would have been in a different position at the end of the game. It is a mental edge, being sharp on the little margins.”
“We are in much better shape than we were last year, we can feel that in the training, we train a lot sharper and we have been going into game a lot more confident than last year, we were disappointed to let the game against London Irish slip.”
With a first win of the season now on the board, the Falcons next opponents are London Welsh at the Kassam Stadium, a team and stadium Tiesi has personal experience of and one that he insists the Falcons will not be taking lightly.
“Facing a week after a win or a good result is obviously a lot different to picking yourself up after a defeat but every Monday is a fresh start for us we will need to stay positive and strong to keep momentum going.”
“I spent the back end of their last premiership season with Welsh, they are a team that are trying their hardest to step up from being a championship side into a regular Premiership squad.”
“While there are obviously teams that are stronger in terms of their squads and potential any team can beat another on any given day and we are going to have to be mentally strong and precise in our play if we want to go there on Saturday and get a result.”
Looking to restate his claim for a space in the Argentina national squad, Tiesi is determined that Falcons fans will continue to see him play with passion and intensity and that will continue throughout the season.
“I like to get involved in everything about the club, everywhere I have been before I try and make myself noticed, every time I have the chance to walk out onto a pitch and represent Newcastle, I am going to try to do my best for the team and the club.”