Thursday 21 November 2013 Written by: Adam

The former Barnard Castle pupil, who made his 100th appearance for the Falcons in last season’s Championship trip to Jersey, goes into this weekend’s televised clash at Northampton Saints after making a solid start to the campaign.

And the 25-year-old was quick to snub claims from the media that Saturday’s game is a banker for the Saints.

“Franklin’s Gardens is a very tough place to go and obviously Northampton are doing well in the league, but if the boys come up with a big effort down there there’s no reason why we can’t get a result,” said Tait.

“This is what we toiled through last season for, to be playing in the big games like this weekend, and it will be good to go up against the international boys on their return to club rugby,” he added.

The Falcons travel to Northampton on the back of a win and a loss in the LV= Cup, a fortnight where Richards and co tried new combinations and put faith in youth. Prior to the Anglo-Welsh break it is fair to say that the Falcons have made a solid start to their campaign back in the big time, though Tait insists there is much room for improvement.

He said: “I think on the face of it as a team we’re actually quite disappointed with how things have gone, particularly in the Premiership. We’ve had a reasonable start but if you look at the way the Gloucester game went, we probably should have won that game on home soil.

“We just let the game slip away from us in the end, but a part from that we’re fairly happy with how things have gone albeit our try scoring hasn’t been fantastic.

“On the other hand our defence has been fantastic and we’re a little disappointed with how our attack has been so far this season.

“Ultimately it’s great to be back playing in the Premiership again after the LV= Cup break, and now we’re into the bread and butter of the league.

“I’m very much looking forward to the trip to Northampton, a side that are right on top of their game at the moment.”

Tickets are still available for the Falcons’ next home game against Harlequins on Sunday 1 December by calling 0871 226 6060 or [click here][1] to purchase online (kick-off 2.30pm).

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