Falcons skipper pleased with club's position as Aviva Premiership takes a break
Newcastle Falcons captain Will Welch believes his team are in good shape heading into the opening rounds of the European Rugby Challenge Cup and LV= Cup and that these competitions can be used as a spring board for the rest of the season.
Having recorded back to back to back Aviva Premiership victories against Exeter Chiefs and London Welsh, the 24 year old flanker reveals this makes it mission accomplished as the league breaks for the next four weeks.
“We targeted the last two weeks of the first Premiership block to get two wins and we have accomplished that. We were a little bit disappointed to leave a point out on the field against Welsh, but if you’d said to us three week ago that we would have two wins on the bounce then we probably would have taken that.”
Having broken their victory duck for the season, the first six weeks of league action have seen a general upward curve with improved performances beginning from the very start of the campaign then culminating in back to back wins and Welch believes there is a lot to be please with.
“We’re playing well at the minute, I think, personally in comparison to last year, we’re a good team to watch and we are scoring a lot of tries."
“From the beginning of the season we have had patches of defending really well and attacking really well it’s just about getting things together a little bit more consistently as it was the little things that have been letting us down previously.”
”In the past two games we’ve minimised the mistakes and we’ve come away with two big wins.”
With nine league points on the board and a host of other clubs now within striking distance, Welch thinks it is crucial that the club use their outings in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and LV= Cup to build momentum and a winning culture ahead of the Aviva Premiership trip to Bath on November 15th.
“We can take a lot of confidence and a lot of positives from where we are at the moment. The result last weekend takes us a little bit away from Welsh so I hope that we can play a little more fluidly and focus on just playing our own game with a little bit of pressure relieved.”
“We have a four week break now with the European and LV= competitions, which is going to give us a chance to work on things with a little less pressure, to freshen the team up and get the competition for places back up and running so we can fire back into the Premiership.”
The Falcons get their European Rugby Challenge Cup campaign underway this Friday evening when Bucharest Wolves visit Kingston Park, kick off is 8pm.
Tickets for this and all remaining confirmed home fixtures, including the next Aviva Premiership fixture against Gloucester on November 21st are on sale now and can be bought by clicking here by calling 0871 226 6060 or by visiting the Kingston Park box office during office hours.