Last Friday had seen Northampton in a 22-16 loss to Newcastle. However, that was not the only thing Northampton was to lose as they also have lost their player, Kieran Brookes to a two weeks “charging” ban.

Brookes, who had joined Northampton from Newcastle last season, admitted charging into a ruck without the use of his arms, thus leading to his ban.

The 26 year old who was sent off during the match, had appeared before a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty.

The England tight head prop will miss the Premiership game against Leicester on Saturday, and also their Champions Cup game against Leinster.

Brookes charged into the ruck, thereby using his shoulder to strike the head of Scott Lawson, Newcastle hooker inadvertently. He was dismissed in the 38th minute of the game.

His ban would end on the 13th of December.

Also, Newcastle lock, Calum Green had struck Brookes with his forearm in the same match. And while the incident had been missed by the referee, Andrew Jackson, it was cited by the citing commissioner. Continue Reading “KIERAN BROOKES HANDED BAN AFTER NEWCASTLE LOSS”

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”

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.