Peter Russell, the head coach of the RFU Championship side the Newcastle Falcons still sees plenty of room for his side to improve, in spite of witnessing the team thrash Edinburgh Rugby in the penultimate match of their pre-season friendly fixture. The Falcons defeated that semi finalists of last season’s Heineken Cup with a score of 21-3, with the side growing in confidence ahead of the start of the new season. The club faces Ulster, the runners up of the European Cup last season for their final pre-season friendly in a few days’ time.
And speaking about a brilliant team effort on display against the mighty Edinburgh side that fielded its entire first team lineup, Russell stated that they were happy with the overall result, but added that there is still room for improvement and there is no need to get confident or feel good about them. Speaking about the performance put on by the Newcastle Falcons, Russell stated that the defensive unit of the team as well as the momentum that was generated paved the way for such a result. He also praised the tenacity showed by the players during the match.
Russell was extremely pleased, although he chose to ignore his feelings and he stated that having worked on those things for an entire week and seeing them come together in the field of play is very pleasing for the manager and he admitted that he was most happy because some of the key players in the side stepped up to the plate on the night and showed what they are capable of.
However, Russell added that the side played good only for 80% of the game and the shape was lost by the Newcastle Falcons later on, gifting Edinburgh easy points to get on the score sheet.