Ponton urges fans to watch U18s on Saturday

Thursday 20 January 2022 Written by: Adam

There is free entry and free parking ahead of the 2.30pm kick-off, with the East Stand Tap & Tackle bar open from 1pm, and the club shop open from 10am until 4pm.

Following last weekend’s 26-12 away win over Sale Sharks Ponton believes his side are finding their rhythm, saying: “It was a really good win over at Sale last Sunday, and we’d been building towards it.

“We’d had narrow losses away at Wasps (20-14) and at home to Leicester (24-27), and whilst we’d been playing quite well during those games we hadn’t quite started the season with a bang, like we’d hoped.

“We can’t access all of our players at the same time, which hasn’t helped, and as a result it’s just taken a little bit of time to get them all on the same page. Against Sale we managed to finish off more of our opportunities, although we still had quite a few which we didn’t turn into tries.

“It’s just that last pass which sometimes isn’t going to hand, and to be honest some of them haven’t been difficult chances. They’ve been two-on-ones rather than miracle balls and that side of it has been a bit frustrating, but we’re definitely a side that creates a lot of scoring chances.

“As the players get to know each other and play more games together I think we’ll iron out some of those creases, but overall I was pleased with the result last weekend.”

Hopeful that a strong home attendance can help showcase the quality within his Under-18s side, Ponton said: “I’d encourage as many people to come along and watch because it’s a good standard of rugby, and some of these guys will be the first team stars of the future.

“The way we try to play means there’ll be some exciting rugby, with fast and skilful young players, and it’s great for these guys to play on the first team pitch with hopefully a decent crowd in.

“It’s the best boys from our area, and when you put them all together they produce some brilliant stuff.

“There’s definitely the ability within this team for a number of these guys to push on towards first team rugby with the Falcons, and it’ll be great from a supporters’ point of view to say you were there watching them on the way through.

“We have multiple threats around the field – we can run the ball really well, drive from line-outs, use our pack to get on the front foot – and we’re a decent side.”

Expecting a physical test against Saturday’s visitors, Ponton said: “I always watch the opposition’s games, so we’ve seen all three of Worcester’s matches so far.

“Sale were a big side, and Worcester seem to be a little bit bigger even than Sale were, so it’ll be a great test for us.

“We’ve picked out a few areas where we feel there might be opportunities for us, but other than that it’s just about playing our own game and keep doing what we’re doing.”

**Newcastle Falcons Under-18s team:**

15 Ben Redshaw (Sedbergh School)

14 Natty Greenwood (Gosforth Academy & Whitley Bay Rockcliff)

13 Jez Civil (Gosforth Academy & Wensleydale)

12 Will Hindle (Gosforth Academy & Blaydon)

11 Jake Metcalfe (Barnard Castle)

10 Harry Williams (Barnard Castle & Stockton)

9 Ben Douglas (Gosforth Academy & Northern)

1 Micky Rewcastle (Gosforth Academy & Blaydon)

2 Charlie Smith (Dame Allans & Novos)

3 Morgan Hall (Gosforth Academy & West Hartlepool)

4 Luke Coulston (Gosforth Academy & Penrith)

5 Ayden Knott (Gosforth Academy & Consett)

6 Breamar Murray (Sedbergh School)

7 Ewan Venerus (RGS Newcastle & Novos)

8 Zach Oldham (Gosforth Academy & Carlisle)


16 Ben Wright (Sedbergh School & Durham City)

17 Isaac Keller (Gosforth Academy & Northern)

18 Sam Birkbeck (Kirkby Lonsdale)

19 Finn Baker (Sedbergh School)

20 Will Murray (Gosforth Academy & Northern)

21 Freddie Nickalls (RGS Newcastle & Novos)

22 Tom Burton (Sedbergh School)

23 Toby Ferguson (QE Hexham & Tynedale)