Stevenson: Home support could be the difference

Thursday 19 January 2023 Written by: Adam

The Falcons host Irish province Connacht on Saturday in their final pool game, with a five-way shoot-out for the final qualification spot.

Brive, Perpignan, Zebre and Bath are the other sides in contention for the round of 16, with the Falcons looking to take their recent home form from the Premiership into Europe.

“Our home crowd are great for us, and we’ve had three good wins against Leicester, Sale and Exeter here in the league,” said Stevenson, who has scored 18 tries in his 60 games for the Falcons.

“Everyone’s looking forward to the game, and even though the European campaign hasn’t gone the way we wanted to far the qualification race is still very much alive.

“As players you try not to worry too much about that stuff because you’re just focused on winning the next game, but the fact that we’re still in with a shout going into this weekend gives it that extra bit of importance.”

Newcastle were beaten 22-8 when they took on Connacht in Galway last month, Stevenson admitting: “We weren’t accurate enough when we played them over there before Christmas, but if we play like we have been at home in the Premiership we can definitely get a result.

“We’ll just do what we can do to help us get there if the results before our game go our way, and it should be a good game against Connacht.

“It’s been an interesting week so far with the way the weather has been up here.

“There were a few too many snowballs flying around in training for my liking, but it’s been a good week so far and everyone is looking forward to what we know is an important game for us.”

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