RFU Champions Rugby Union side the Newcastle Falcons unearthed a couple of raw gems in what was a routine match against the part timers from Wales in the form of Cross Keys in the British and Irish Cup. The Falcons cruised to a win, with eight tries on the board and although they conceded a late try, the win will give Dean Richards, the Director of Rugby of the club immense satisfaction. The match was more about the future of the club than the present, with Richards handing starts to a number of youngsters and they lived up to the expectations of the boss, putting up a scintillating display that has been their game throughout the season.
Zach Kibirige, a 17 year old school boy from Yarm marked a brilliant debut for the club with a well taken try and fellow England Under-18 international Scott Wilson was as good as his teammate on his debut. The Newcastle Falcons stormed into a 24-0 lead at half time but the gulf in class as well as athleticism was demonstrated early in the second half when Tongan international Suka Hufanga hit the try line at tremendous pace, breaking through two tackles with an ease that would shame any professional player.
Cross Keys are currently lying in fourth in the Welsh Premiership but even the top division of Welsh rugby does not come remotely close to the second division of the English professional game. The Tyneside club has got off to a flying start in the RFU Championship, looking to secure promotion to the English top flight at the very first attempt and the way the Newcastle Falcons are playing, very few would bet against them achieving the target. And it seems they would love a Cup on the way as well with the young guns proving their worth.