International round-up: Falcons quartet on duty

Monday 14 November 2022 Written by: Adam

Lock-forward Greg Peterson (pictured) started for the USA on Saturday as they beat Hong Kong 49-7 in Dubai.

The Rugby World Cup qualifying game sets them up for a straight shoot-out against Portugal on Friday to take up the last place at France 2023, with former Newcastle Falcons coach Gary Gold in charge of the Eagles.

Gold said: “I thought the first half was pretty clinical, I think we went our business quite well.

“We were able to spend over 60% of the first half putting them under pressure in their half of the field which was our objective. We wanted to put them under pressure at the set piece, which we by and large achieved.

“I’m happy with where we are at the moment, I think we’re improving in certain areas, but we’ve got our work cut out for us next weekend, that’s for sure.

“Next week I would definitely like to see us follow through on our chances. We’re creating so many opportunities, but we’re just not finishing them off. Whether it’s deciding to keep the ball in hand or being more clinical at the line out, we’ll need to take more advantage of our opportunities next week.”

Friday’s decider against Portugal in Dubai kicks off at 3.30pm UK time.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Falcons’ Mateo Carreras and Matias Moroni both started for Argentina on Saturday, with Matias Orlando coming on from the bench.

Los Pumas were defeated 20-13 by Wales in Cardiff, and now move on to end their tour against Scotland on Saturday. The BT Murrayfield clash kicks off at 3.15pm and is being shown live in the UK on Prime Video.

Newcastle Falcons’ next game is on Saturday against Northampton Saints in the Premiership Rugby Cup (3.30pm).

[**Click here**][1] to book tickets for the Kingston Park clash, and stay on to watch England v New Zealand at 5.30pm on the TVs in the stadium bars.