Newcastle Falcons

Young critical despite success

Wasps virtually guaranteed a European Champions Cup play-off – but coach Dai Young was not satisfied with their performance against Newcastle in the Aviva Premiership. After the 44-38 success, Young said: “We would have settled for a bonus point win but we were very patchy. “There will be two very concerned defence coaches after this. They won the first and …

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Almost Home – Aviva Premiership Preview – Round 21

Come Sunday night I’m pretty sure that most of the remaining questions for this season will be answered. I think we’ might know the top 4 and it will be confirmed that Worcester will be in the Championship from September. These things are, however, not certain and it is just possible that some things will go down to the last …

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Next Season’s Aviva Premiership Looks Set to be the Toughest Ever!

Over the last few years the Aviva Premiership has rapidly grown to become just about the most competitive domestic league in World Rugby. Whilst I’m sure many would choose to disagree it is hard to argue with 6 different winners in the last 10 years (only the Top 14 can match this), whilst the last 3 years have yielded 3 …

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Expect More Drama – Aviva Premiership Preview – R 20

With just 3 games to go until the play-offs (and European places) are decided it is inevitable that there are going to be some big clashes on all three of the final weekends in the Premiership. First up on Friday night Harlequins take on the Tigers at the Stoop. If Quins can get a win, then they will put serious …

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It Could Have Been Worse! Review of Aviva Premiership Round 19

In the end my predictions weren’t too bad – 4 out of 6 is just about acceptable, but has pushed my overall % record for the season down into the low 70s! Mind you it could have been a lot worse. Friday night my ‘guess’ that the Sharks would continue their good run was firmly shoved up my….nose…by a Harlequins …

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Kick Off – Aviva Premiership Review – R18

Anyone who read my predictions for the weekend games in the Premiership should be having a good laugh just now. It started badly – the middle was poor and it went right downhill at the end. In the previous 17 rounds I have never scored below 66% (alright 66.66% recurring to be pedantic) – this week I reached a magnificent …

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All Change – Review of Aviva premiership – Round 17

It very nearly started so well for my predictions this week – on Friday night Worcester came within a second of fulfilling my forecast of their first win of the season. They were beating Wasps by 11 – 6 with time running out when Wasps with the final play, crossed for an equalising try. Cue Andy Goode to step up …

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