Newcastle Thunder To Repeat Style

According to Newcastle Thunder coach, they have no intention to change the style of play even though style hardly suite the current league.


According to coach Mick Mantelli, they are planning to win League One game. And they want to follow the style they have been following all along.

The coach admits that the level of rugby they play is better suited to a higher level. But he is not in a mood to compromise. He instructed the players to follow the same style and get better at it. They are all set to play in the final of the League One Shield. They will be taking on North Wales Crusaders at the Kingston Park on coming Sunday.

Is it all about the competition? No, for them it is a chance to get a promotion by one point. They couldn’t make the Super 8s and now they plan to improve their position instead. As for Mantelli, he took charge of the club only in last October. According to him, they have been playing Championship rugby and no less. He admits to the fact that they didn’t aim for controlling game during this season. And he is aware of the fact that the style they have been following is better suited to the tier above. But he is confident that this move will only help the team to excel. Continue Reading “Newcastle Thunder To Repeat Style”

Falcons Kick Off High

Friday night was a kick off night for the new rugby season. The Newcastle Falcons kicked off with a new member among them, Vereniki Goneva. He is debuting this year at the Aviva Premiership event. The new season debut game was scheduled against Sale Sharks on the opening night on Friday, 2nd September 2016.

Vereniki comes on board as a Fijian international player. He had been part of the list of players who were nominated for European Player of the Year. He has put in 44 tries among 92 appearances he made. These were during the four seasons he played at Leicester Tigers. He was part of the pre season matches played by Newcastle at Edinburgh where they won over teams like Doncaster Knights, Nottingham and Gala FC. Continue Reading “Falcons Kick Off High”

Newcastle Host Magic Weekends

Newcastle continues to play fine host for the Magic Weekend for Rugby League teams. The tenth weekend game did not show any falling of attendance at the St James Park, with attendance was sky high for the league match that was part of the two day festival.

It seems to have become part of the league’s calendar of events now. If you look back to 2007 when it all started, the situation was similar as it is today. The Millennium stadium in Cardiff had been full with about thirty thousand people – even though the game was between Harlequins and Catalans Dragons, the stadium sold out. Continue Reading “Newcastle Host Magic Weekends”

Venditti returns to Italy

After a frustrating season with the Falcons, Giovanbattista Venditti is returning home to play for the Italian rugby union club Zebre. Last season, the Italian winger featured only on nine occasions for the Premiership side.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Falcons have signed Vereniki Goneva to play out wide in the 2016-17 season. Earlier this year, Venditti was left out of the Italian team for the Six Nations Championship. He was seeking an opportunity to make his way into the plans of Italy’s new coach Connor O’Shea.

Newcastle director Dean Richards has extended his gratitude to Giamba (Venditti) and said that the team has enjoyed working with him. Richards also pointed out Venditti’s lack of opportunities to play in the first-team had affected his place in the national squad. Keeping that in mind, the chance to play for Zebre has come at a good time.

Richards went on to say that Newcastle Falcons have plenty of talents who can assume the role as a winger, but everybody thanks Vendetti for the effort he has put in at the club.

Two Falcons in Team of the Year

Although Newcastle Falcons may have been struggling at the bottom of the points table, two of their players have caught the attention this season. The Newcastle Falcons duo Mark Wilson and Rob Vickers have been named in the Team of the Season.

Falcons’ loosehead prop Rob Vickers, who played his 200th game for the club, has earned his place after his brilliant performance this season dotting down five tries, more than any other forward in the competition. Wilson, on the other hand, was selected after having a wonderful season making 230 tackles, more than any other players in the Aviva Premiership.

The Team of the Season features Jack Nowell (Exeter), Ollie Devoto (Bath), Alex Goode (Saracens), Peter Betham (Leicester), Jimmy Gopperth (Wasps), Rob Vickers (Newcastle Falcons), Will Chudley (Exeter), Telusa Veainu (Leicester), Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons), Jake Cooper-Woolley (Wasps), Tommy Taylor (Sale), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Don Armand (Exeter), James Horwill (Harlequins), and George Smith (Wasps).

Meanwhile, Newcastle Falcons pair Andrew Davidson and Callum Chick will start their campaigns at the Junior World Championship on Tuesday. Davidson, who joined the Falcons from Warriors, is a part of the Scottish U20 squad.

Newcastle Try To Fend Off Sale

The latest match between Newcastle and Sale ended at 15-21, showing that Sale won the match.

As a result, the Champions Cup position was secured by Sale as they obtained such a victory over Newcastle Falcons. Sale has been looking to get a victory so that their season finishes in style and they are able to secure a position in the Champions Cup. The game had an open start though. There were equal chances for Newcastle and Sale at the beginning.

The Newcastle team fought bravely with opponents like Danny Cipriani and David Seymour. Danny, even as it was his final appearance this season with the Sharks, put up a formidable defense.  The TMO interfered after kick off when a try was chalked off. Cipriani was able to add on more points, but Peter Stringer did not allow that to happen.

Falcons then bounced back in the game. Nili Latu tried to get a hat trick, but a driving maul led him to be grounded. The Sharks then had their go in twenty five minutes. Sam James nipped and tried to stretch out the lead. Newcastle tried to up their lead before the break came. Latu tried to be the man with the ball. He was successful in completing his hat trick after the second half ensued. This helped to level the proceedings somewhat. Delany tried to get in a kick again, but he missed. As a result Sale began to take off with their match.

The Falcons did not make it easy for their opponents. The problems that they created did deter their opponents. However, Sharks defended their team in a superb manner. In the end, the fans of both teams had a fantastic match to watch which is what they wanted. Newcastle having put in adequate effort was also enough for many.