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Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: fatheralice (IP Logged)
Date: 07 October, 2017 20:03

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if it's a touchy subject that we were t far off embarrassing you at home and that Saracens are the teamto bear this year theni apologise unreservedly for causing undue distress as I had a very pleasant afternoon at Sandy Park. I have always been a fan of the Chiefs and I look forward to our first choice team going up against your first team at Kingston park with

Pleased you had a nice time. Certainly no issue with any team performing well at Sandy Park.
I'd suggest Sarries are the team to beat any season - with 7 Lions in the side, and great continuity in the squad, it is little wonder that they will be up there again this year. I think they are the best coached side in the league, but as ever it is a long season, and squads get stretched for different reasons, so whether they will suffer in the league due to call ups or Euro finals again this year time will tell.

Is it unreasonable to point out that 7 of the premiership final winning squad from last year have not yet played this season?

Back to the game, Did you think the Falcons front row did well at scrum time?

Chiefs pack is decent enough, and holds it own against most sides, but not normally the dominant force it was today. I wouldn't lay that all at the ref's feet. Personally, I can't see Falcons contesting the top of the league if they continue to give up such easy territory and possession in other games.

Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: Geronimo Jim (IP Logged)
Date: 07 October, 2017 20:22

Newcastle for the trophy this season. Outstanding performance. Apart from Sarries you will win every away game for the rest of the season. Or did I read a previous post incorrectly?
Shame in my team for being so poor.
You have been very good so far this season but it won't be over until well after Christmas.
I said to a friend today that the top four may well be very different this season. Too soon for anyone to be excited about the future.

Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: Wensleydale Falcon (IP Logged)
Date: 07 October, 2017 20:27

I really don't know why some folks need to get into this @#$%& for tat nonsense with opposing supporters.

Pointless exercise in my opinion!!

Look, the Chiefs got try bonus point win against us which they expected to get,just look on their message board (albeit one was a penalty try) and we came away with a more than honourable try LBP.

Bear in mind we also played 20 minutes with 14 men so to keep in the game like we did sounds like the guys put in a great shift today.

It frustrates us Falcons fans that some opposing fans (particularly this season) appear to blame their own sides short comings or injury list when we either beat them or give them a game this season. Maybe a little bit of credit where credit is due wouldn't go amiss, but hey ho.....let's not worry what other folks think and just back and enjoy what's developing at KP.

Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: alchemist (IP Logged)
Date: 07 October, 2017 20:48

Ian Smith and Dean Grey seemed to think that the JPS disallowed try might have been awarded if the ref had gone to the TMO. Did anyone see this?
That would have been the second BP.
Plus three conversions - a 5-point win :-)

Add that to the BP we should have had in Philly if Goneva had been allowed to run in the try when the ball came off his face and Faz' missed penalty had been spotted by the officials, then the table would look a bit different....

Now mixing it with the big boys so optimism is warranted - especially if the scrummage issues can be sorted and we keep scoring tries.

Reasons to be cheerful...

Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: dick g (IP Logged)
Date: 07 October, 2017 20:52

All sounds vg to me. Point from Ex. Not bad
I am away for a couple of weeks so you will have to manage without me. Enjoy!

Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: Rafpilot2000 (IP Logged)
Date: 07 October, 2017 22:41

Apologies to the falcons faithful for initially antagonising on this one but every now and then it is nice to have a heated debate and display some passion but certainly no ill will meant towards anyone.
I think the bottom line, being champions, there is a weight of expectation and that can be hard to live up to in a competitive league. Whereas for us there is little expectation , though hope a plenty as to where this season will take us. I think what we learnt today is that we are nearly there, but not quite.
i do echo the sentiments that whenever teams don't do so well against us , or don't meet their own expectations , it is always blamed on injuries, off days and poor refereeing . Rather than the simple fact that the falcons are a pretty canny team .
Anyway , peace and love to all our rugby brethren, regardless of the colours or crest you wear!

Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: Davidten31 (IP Logged)
Date: 07 October, 2017 23:14

I made the long trip down to this game. Now the vast majority of fans in the north stand were great but I spent the whole of the second half being called a northern monkey. We complained and it was sorted but that's not the point. Worst fans we've come across by far . Ruined our trip.

Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: Pinhoe_Chief (IP Logged)
Date: 08 October, 2017 07:32

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I made the long trip down to this game. Now the vast majority of fans in the north stand were great but I spent the whole of the second half being called a northern monkey. We complained and it was sorted but that's not the point. Worst fans we've come across by far . Ruined our trip.

Sorry to hear to hear that Davidten, at least it was sorted out presumably by the stewards. Hope they weren't regular Chiefs fans, we get a lot of stag and hen dos and newbies to rugby who haven't yet acknowledged rugby fan etiquette.

Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: Rafpilot2000 (IP Logged)
Date: 08 October, 2017 07:54

At the ground my experience with the kids was mainly positive and I think the Chiefs have a cracking stadium there, though i was a little surprised that as Champions their attendance was only 9,500. Especially in an area without a good football team and a large catchment area. In the second half no one bothered to be quiet for the kickers which given the abuse we have taken regarding that was a little bit of a surprise TBH.
I guess there is always a level of abuse going to happen sadly when passions run high but I do often feel that we are seen as a bit of a third world team at times and I did get some sarcastic comments about our lack of shirt sponsor. Hey ho

Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: Falcons_Thunder (IP Logged)
Date: 08 October, 2017 08:14

Here's my run down. TBP from sandy part is more than most will get down there and must be pointed out with 14men for a quarter of the game. With JPS try at the start if that was sarries or wasps that scored it would have been looked at but the ref Andrew "anti Falcons" Jackson didn't wanna know. Our scrum needs a lot of work at the minute we could really do with another class prop to help Jon Welsh, who now deserves a few weeks well earned rest. Good to get Noah back and his goal kicking hasn't changed 80%+ kicker.
So if by the end of the first block of AP matches if anyone said we would have 20points and have beaten Barf and Sale away most would have said no, but that's where we stand at present.

Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: Monkey1 (IP Logged)
Date: 08 October, 2017 09:36

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i do echo the sentiments that whenever teams don't do so well against us , or don't meet their own expectations , it is always blamed on injuries, off days and poor refereeing . Rather than the simple fact that the falcons are a pretty canny team .

To be fair, a lot of supporters of other clubs have taken the time to pop over here and wish us good luck, pleased to see us doing well. There will always be a few who are a bit slow on the uptake & haven't yet noticed that we are up at the top end of the table with four try-bonus points already from just six games.

As for abuse, calling us northern monkeys, just feel sorry for them. Remember that these people rarely see anybody with a different surname, never mind from outside their own village, and their trips to Sandy Park may be the only times they see people who don't have webbed hands & feet. They probably poke fun at the Exeter supporters too, not just people with unfamiliar accents, so don't take it personally.

Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: pa8 (IP Logged)
Date: 08 October, 2017 09:37

With you on that Thunder. My main concern at the beginning of the season was our scrum and, unfortunately, that concern is still there. Everything else is rosy but we need a loosehead, hopefully Sam will be back for our next league match.

Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: Bedlington Lad (IP Logged)
Date: 08 October, 2017 11:51

Inexperienced ref - no surprise it wasn't reviewed but a good point at a really tough place to get anything and the team seems to be gelling nicely - all good smiling smiley

Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: Tom A Hawk (IP Logged)
Date: 08 October, 2017 12:09

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At the ground my experience with the kids was mainly positive and I think the Chiefs have a cracking stadium there, though i was a little surprised that as Champions their attendance was only 9,500. Especially in an area without a good football team and a large catchment area.

Its a number of factors to be fair..

Historically the truth is that Falcons aren't a draw for the local population and also unlike Gloucester, Saracens, Quins, Barf et al there wasn't and isn't a huge travelling support either to contribute that. I understand why, as it is a near 6 hour drive from Exe to Newcastle. But it was the same against London Irish a few weeks ago where there wasn't a huge away following either.

But furthermore you tend to find that the bigger games, Sarries, Leicester and Bath et al will sell out as there is a large travelling support as well as drawing more of the locals who will see it as a competitive game, Along with the chance to see marquee players and etc, People are as we all know are fickle... Most of us know that there is no easy games but the average casual fan would have expected Chiefs to smash Newcastle just like they expected with London Irish.

I don't mean that as disrespectful to Newcastle who currently are on very good form and where a team I suspected to cause a few upsets, But the average casual fan remembers where you have historically finished and very much looks at matchups like this and thinks...

"Ah London Irish... We should beat them"...



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Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: Monkey1 (IP Logged)
Date: 08 October, 2017 12:33

Like us, the Exeter catchment area is huge, so many supporters will have to travel quite a distance to home games, for which public transport is no use at all. I would imagine that this will affect attendances, and historically ours has not been one of the great teams to justify the time & expense of travelling a long way to Sandy Park.

Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: aidanb (IP Logged)
Date: 08 October, 2017 13:23

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I made the long trip down to this game. Now the vast majority of fans in the north stand were great but I spent the whole of the second half being called a northern monkey. We complained and it was sorted but that's not the point. Worst fans we've come across by far . Ruined our trip.

Sorry to hear to hear that Davidten, at least it was sorted out presumably by the stewards. Hope they weren't regular Chiefs fans, we get a lot of stag and hen dos and newbies to rugby who haven't yet acknowledged rugby fan etiquette.

We all like to think we know how to behave but every now and then a group - or even an individual - behave like idiots. At all of our grounds.
The stewards are there to sort that out and itís always good to see it happen.

Most of us know not to hold it against the majority also.

Re: Exeter v Falcons Sat 7th October
Posted by: steve1888 (IP Logged)
Date: 08 October, 2017 20:39

If we'd converted all 4 tries we have got two points so shows we were well in it. Was a good game and Goneva was excellent again. Top 4 after a quarter of the season is fanatsic.

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