Monday 04 November 2013 Written by: Adam

Speaking in his post-match press conference, the Newcastle Falcons chief believes Charlie Hodgson’s try five minutes before the break was a game changer.

“We conceded a soft try just before half-time which made it very difficult for us, but we’ll learn from the experience, and let’s be honest they’re not a bad side are they,” said Richards, who saw his side trailing just 10-3 at the interval.

“The boys came into the changing room afterwards and all agreed that for 40 minutes we were competitive, and if we were more clinical in attack it might have been a different story,” he added.

Four second half tries from Mark McCall’s men put the Falcons to the sword and earned the north London club a bonus point triumph. David Strettle bagged a brace, while Jamie George and Alex Goode scored a try apiece.

“Saracens probably played the referee better than we did, and probably got some decisions that we didn’t get,” said Richards.

“Also, more than anything I thought Saracens were more clinical than we were in the second half. They don’t play in their own half at all, and they only play in the opposition half – you could see that in the first period.

“We were a little disappointed to be 10-3 down at half-time as we had some chances to get points on the board, but at the end of the day you’ve got to take your chances and we didn’t in the first half,” added Richards.

The Falcons must now dust themselves down for next weekend’s LV= Cup clash with London Irish at Kingston Park with tickets still available by calling 0871 226 6060 or [click here][1] to purchase online.

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