Falcons come back to reality
February 28 2016
In 2004/05, the Falcons won the first three games of the season and were top of the Premiership before travelling to Gloucester and returning with nothing.
It was a big drop back to Earth, and the same thing happened yesterday. After four wins and two bonus-point defeats in our last six league games, yesterday the Falcons were outplayed by a Gloucester team who will feel they should have won by more.
It was just one of those days. The Falcons just never got going and struggled to put everything together. The lineout malfunctioned, kicks were sent out on the full, key tackles missed - just a pretty poor performance.
The loss of Andy Goode before kick-off was tempered by Sinoti Sinoti taking a place on the bench. Craig Willis started at fly-half and had a torrid time behind a struggling pack, the only positive being that he is a young player who will learn from this experience.
Even players who are normally all-action, like Scott Lawson and Mark Wilson, appeared subdued. Perhaps there was a bit of a hangover from our excellent last two home games.
From a team point of view we didn't defend too badly overall, as with the amount of possession and territory Gloucester had they should probably have scored more than four tries. But in attack we offered little, Sinoti making no difference when he came on in the second half because we found it difficult to get decent ball.
Anyway, it's happened now and we just have to make sure that this Kingsholm collapse was a blip. Worcester at home on Friday is a huge game and if we can win that then things start to look up again. This weekend hasn’t been too bad anyway as Irish and Worcester have both got nothing from their games.pqs: qs:
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We all have numerous reality checks during the season, that goes with the turf
Both our games will be written off last weekend as a bad day at the office and this game has the making of a cracker ...... whoever wins