It’s ‘rob­bery’ – but we’ll take it, says Fal­cons chief Richards

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

NEW­CAS­TLE FAL­CONS di­rec­tor of rugby Dean Richards praised his play­ers after their last-gasp “rob­bery” win at Northamp­ton Saints in the Gal­lagher Premier­ship on Satur­day.

Mark Wil­son scored in the 86th minute to level the game at 14-14 with Toby Flood con­vert­ing the win­ning points in front of the posts.

Fal­cons had strug­gled to get into the game after Cobus Reinach’s try dou­ble and two con­ver­sions from Dan Big­gar left them trail­ing 14-6 with 10 min­utes to play.

But Brett Con­non’s lengthy penalty and Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Wil­son’s hero­ics at the end gave New­cas­tle their third win of the Premier­ship sea­son and their sixth straight vic­tory over the Saints.

“It was prob­a­bly a rob­bery if we’re hon­est,” ad­mit­ted Rich- ards. “But we took our chance at the end and our work ethic was fan­tas­tic.

“We said dur­ing the week, pro­vid­ing we’re in with a shout with 10 min­utes to go, we’ll stand ev­ery chance of win­ning.”

Mark McCall in­sists he is sur­prised at how far Sara­cens and Ex­eter Chiefs have been able to pull away from the rest of the league ow­ing to the strength in depth in the com­pe­ti­tion.

His side de­feated Wasps 29-6 at Al­lianz Park to record their 15th straight Premier­ship win and move to the top of the ta­ble, two points clear of the Chiefs and 14 ahead of third-placed Glouces­ter.

It took Sarries al­most an hour to score a try against the vis­i­tors, who de­fended well but were ul­ti­mately un­done by a Jamie Ge­orge try and a care­less mis­take by El­liot Daly – who was in­ter­cepted by Nick Isiekwe.

And al­though it brought up a 15th straight league win, McCall in­sists it has not been as easy as it looks.

“I am sur­prised be­cause of how good the other teams are. It is ob­vi­ously very pleas­ing to have the num­ber of points that we’ve got,” he said. “Wasps de­fended su­perbly in the first half and we didn’t quite get the ball we wanted in the fi­nal third.

Former Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Kyle East­mond was sent off as Le­ices­ter crashed 41-10 at Bris­tol.

It was Le­ices­ter’s record loss to Bris­tol and their sixth suc­ces­sive de­feat in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Eng­land wing Joe Cokanasiga struck late to se­cure an un­likely 7-7 draw for Bath just when it seemed bot­tom club Sale would leave a rain-sod­den Rec with a price­less vic­tory yes­ter­day.

Re­place­ment fly-half James Wil­son, signed up as in­jury cover only this week, con­verted to claim two points for Bath. Sale’s re­ward was to leapfrog New­cas­tle into 11th po­si­tion in the ta­ble.

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