Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards credited his side’s doggedness but admitted they made hard work of Friday’s 19-12 victory at Nottingham.
Newcastle Falcons were pushed all the way in Nottingham on Friday night, having to battle until the end to extend their winning streak to 16 games.
Watch England's Six Nations opener on Sunday February 2 with half-time and full-time analysis from Newcastle Falcons director of rugby, Dean Richards.
Super League side Leeds Rhinos are the visitors to Kingston Park Stadium on Sunday as they take on Newcastle Thunder in rugby league action.
Newcastle Falcons have made nine changes for Friday’s Greene King IPA Championship trip to Nottingham, with captain George McGuigan among the returning players.