Wasps loss ‘one that got away’ for Falcons
DEAN Richards admits Newcastle Falcons’ 23-22 home defeat by Wasps felt like the “one that got away”.
The Kingston Park outfit squandered a lead to allow Lima Sopoaga to kick the visitors to victory.
The result means the Falcons have lost all three of their home games this season and have taken just one win from their first five, leaving them second bottom of the Premiership.
The Falcons scored three tries thanks to a Mark Wilson effort and a Johnny Williams brace but missed chances came back to haunt the hosts as Dai Young’s side turned the game around late on.
And for director of rugby Richards, Newcastle’s lack of accuracy and ruthlessness was a cause for frustration.
“W h e n you look at t h e opportunities we created and should have nailed, it’s definitely one that got away,” said director of rugby Richards. “They scored three times purely through us being unable to execute our exit strategy. It’s a simple thing to do and doesn’t take much to do, but we didn’t do it and it cost us dear. “It’s a real shame. We had so many opportunities you couldn’t count them on two hands, it was that ridiculous and we just couldn’t finish them off. “It was a bit bizarre at the end. They took so long with the kick the referee said he was going to play the time and we missed opportunities there as well.” In a frantic finish, Wasps survived six minutes of added time and a Falcons attack that went t h r o u g h 20 phases b e f o r e Johnny Williams’ two tries for Newcastle Falcons were ultimately in vain on Friday ending in a forward pass after Lima Sopoaga’s long-range penalty with 59 seconds on the clock went wide.
“It’s all about getting results and we’re happy to have done that,” Young said.
“In those last few minutes it could have gone either way, but you can’t be disappointed when you come up here and win because Newcastle are a quality side.
“We showed a lot of guts in the end. We tried to throw it away but we came through and I think Newcastle will be disappointed because of the number of line breaks they made and they couldn’t quite finish them off. “We found a way to stay in the game and see ourselves home and I’m really pleased. The quality we had coming off the bench made a big difference. Everybody talks about Nathan Hughes and his ball-carrying but he made some big i n t e r v e n t i o n s defensively and Dan Robson added a bit of tempo. “From our point of view we’ve had two six-day turnarounds and come to two difficult places in Sale and Newcastle and edged two results that could have gone either way, that’s really pleasing.”