The Director of Rugby for the Newcastle Falcons, Dean Richards has made it known that there was no other options that to halt the game between the Newport Gwent Dragons and the Newcastle Falcons which saw Newcastle in an early lead as they struck home 6-18.
Damp pitch and a continuous heavy rain threatened to disrupt the game as it began at the Rodney Parade. However, the tumultuous rain which seemed hell-bent on continuing all afternoon, forced the officials to bring the game to an end just 12 minutes before time.
However, with the game having gone past the 60-minute set mark, the 18-6 lead by the Falcons was allowed to stand as the final result of the game. Fortunately, the victory is their first victory since the beginning of the Anglo-Welsh Cup competition.
Within ten minutes of the start of the game, tries from Mark Wilson, and Belisario Agulla was enough proof that the Falcons would be taking home the spoils of the game.
Richards believes that the decision to bring the match to an end was a right decision made during the course of the match.
“One of our players joked that we’d got to the deep end of the pool, and when you can’t see your ankles I think it’s time to give up. There were a couple of people swimming around by the end, and it was the right decision,” Richard said.
Richards also gave kudos to the opponents, noting that they had worked quite hard.
“To be fair to the Newport Gwent Dragons boys they worked incredibly hard to get the game on at all. Yeah, the conditions weren’t great, but at the same time both teams tried to play and gave it a go in awful conditions,”