Mark Wilson gives his thoughts on the Falcons’ season so far.
As someone who has played a part in all but one of Newcastle Falcons’ Aviva Premiership fixtures so far this season, Cumbrian Back Row Mark Wilson is well placed to comment on the cub’s season so far.
Speaking after the match against Tigers, Wilson said: “It was weird afterwards, and after last weekend’s Saracens game. In both cases there were a huge amount of positives but again, we should have won them. "
“We can’t take anything away from the opposition because they played very well, but we felt the win was there for us and we should’ve brought it home. In terms of defence, graft and intensity the game was a testament to the work that the lads are putting in, but there are still lessons that need to be learned.”
With the Falcons leading Sunday’s game until the 74th minute, many were disappointed to see the team come away with only a single point at full time.
Wilson said: “Looking back to the start of the season when we played Tigers away it was one of those days where we had a 14-point turnaround attacking their try-line, then seeing Niki Goneva go the length for an interception score."
“There are massive positives in that we’re now matching these teams – we just need to get over the final hurdle in terms of nailing the result. Call it frustration or whatever, but we are still making progress."
“We just need to learn how to close those situations out and being spot-on with our set-piece is one area where we can really make some gains.”
After a weekend that saw the Falcons record their second crowd of over 9,000 in a season that has seen match day attendances rise by over 18%, Wilson was keen to point out the impact a large crowd can have on the game.
“Our crowd make a massive difference and it’s been really noticeable this year that we’ve had much bigger attendances.
“The Saracens game up here at Christmas built an incredible level of noise which gives the players that extra little bit of buzz on the field, especially when you’re in a period of the match where you’re pushing to get on top.
“Hearing the crowd in those situations gees the team up, and it’s great for the Falcons to be getting big numbers through the gate again. That’s where we want the club to be, and it’s fantastic that people are wanting to come down and watch us.”
The Falcons next home match takes place on Friday April 10th when Bath Rugby are the visitors to Kingston Park in a 19:45 kick off.
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