Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards admits his side ultimately ran out of time in their bid to end their barren run with victory over Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership.
The Falcons found themselves 37-7 down with less than 20 minutes to go and looked seemingly out of the contest. However, four tries in the closing stages from George McGuigan, Andy Saull, Alex Tait and Noah Cato earned two valuable Aviva Premiership points.
“We said, when we were 37-7 down, let’s see what happens if we go for four tries so we went out and got them - then we got a fifth,” said Richards.
“And the beauty was that the way the boys were playing, had we gone for another 10 minutes, it might have been a different result altogether because we were just letting rip by that time.
“In the final quarter of the match, we turned it on. They had some of the opportunities they had in the first quarter and this time, they nailed them which is quite nice to see.
“For us, the big thing was making sure we took our chances and, I thought, Joel’s kicking was outstanding and the last kick under pressure typified that,” he added.
Lauding his young troops which included the likes of debutant Zach Kibirige, Scott Wilson and George McGuigan, each of whom have come off the Kingston Park production line, Richards said: “We have a huge amount of youngsters coming through so I am pleased with that. You don’t want to expose them too much too soon but there is no doubt about it, the boys will have a big future in the game.”
The Falcons entertain bottom of the table Worcester Warriors on next Sunday with tickets still available by calling 0871 226 6060 or click here to purchase online (kick-off 2pm).