The season starts here


By Leipziger
August 31 2017

The Falcons have named a functional-looking team for tomorrow night’s opening Premiership game of the season against Worcester at KP.   

Simon Hammersley starts his first game since sustaining an injury at Wasps ten months ago, while Joel Hodgson and Tane Takulua continue their flair half-back partnership, but the absence of Sinoti Sinoti, Vereniki Goneva and DTH van der Merwe sees Alex Tait and Belisario Agulla start on the wings. The backline looks short on trickery but there is some size in the three-quarters.

 

Maxime Mermoz is absent from the backs too, with Josh Matavesi the only new signing in the starting lineup. Juan Pablo Socino could take advantage of tired Warriors legs in the second half.

 

Up front, grunt is the key in a pack full of big men, Will Witty and Callum Chick joining more established players around them. Nili Latu will look to provide the breaks from the bench, and Sami Mavinga and Trevor Davison are two new front-rowers named among the replacements.

 

Falcons v Worcester:

15  Simon Hammersley

14  Alex Tait

13  Chris Harris

12  Josh Matavesi

11  Belisario Agulla

10  Joel Hodgson

9  Sonatane Takulua

1  Rob Vickers

2  Kyle Cooper

3  Jon Welsh

4  Calum Green

5  Will Witty

6  Mark Wilson

7  Will Welch (captain)

8  Callum Chick

Replacements

16  Scott Lawson

17  Sami Mavinga

18  Trevor Davison

19  Tevita Cavubati

20  Nili Latu

21  Sam Stuart

22  Craig Willis

23  Juan Pablo Socino

 

Fresh from a best league finish for more than a decade, optimism is high that the Falcons could kick on in the Premiership in 2017/18 and maybe even challenge for a Champions Cup place. Tomorrow night won’t be an easy game, but it is one we should be looking to win well to set out a big intent for the coming year.

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The season starts here
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Date: 31/08/2017 20:32

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