Newcastle Falcons back-row starlet Callum Chick believes the side’s triumph at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s northern leg on Saturday was the perfect start to the new campaign, as they look to press on in Aviva Premiership Rugby this season.
The Falcons topped Group D after three wins from their three matches at Kingston Park to send their home fans into raptures.
Chick crashed over in the right corner during Newcastle’s opening 50-12 victory over Leicester Tigers, before the side then also swept aside Sale Sharks and Worcester Warriors 33-12 and 40-12 respectively.
Next up Newcastle will travel to Twickenham Stoop this Friday for the Singha 7s final round – facing off against Scarlets in the quarter-finals – and Chick is hoping for more of the same.
And the England under-18s skipper, who also led out the Falcons for the first time at Kingston Park, admits winning the first piece of silverware on offer would be the ideal way to kick off the new season.
“Obviously we’re really happy with the win and the overall performance, as that’s what it’s all about really; development,” he said.
“There’s a few things still to work on in time for the final on Friday, but overall we’re exceptionally happy.
“We went into each game with the aim to express ourselves, rather than taking any specific mentality into it against certain teams.
“We knew Worcester would throw some physicality at us, but otherwise we wanted to stick to our own game and control what we could control.
“It’s a really good way for Newcastle to start the season. It’s a superb win under our belts and hopefully there’s more to come for us.
“We can’t wait to get down to Twickenham Stoop now and play more of our rugby, and hopefully we can have the same kind of success that we’ve had here.”
Meanwhile Sale skipper James Mitchell could hardly contain his delight after his side scraped into the Twickenham Stoop showcase on points difference, to set up a quarter-final showdown with Newport Gwent Dragons.
After drawing 19-19 with Worcester Warriors, a 40-5 victory over Leicester was enough to see them through, and Mitchell is confident his side found their rhythm by the end.
He said: “Obviously the boys are buzzing to have gone through in the end.
“It was a bit touch and go there for a while and we weren’t sure we were going to make it, but to do so and have the opportunity to play at the Stoop in front of a packed crowd is going to be something to remember.
“We’re ecstatic with that, and I think the last game was the best for us. We were a bit slow to get going, and to be honest we were probably playing XVs rugby most of the first game against Worcester.
“But we got into it towards the end, and we’ll do some more training in the week ahead of next Friday and go from there.”
6pm – 6.20pm – Quarter-Final 1 Newport Gwent Dragons v Sale Sharks
6.25pm – 6.45pm – Quarter-Final 2 Gloucester Rugby v Harlequins
6.50pm – 7.10pm – Quarter-Final 3 Wasps v Exeter Chiefs
7.15pm – 7.35pm – Quarter-Final 4 Newcastle Falcons v Scarlets
7.40pm – 8.00pm – Plate Semi-Final Loser Game 1 v Loser Game 2
8.05pm – 8.25pm – Cup Semi-Final Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2
8.30pm – 8.50pm – Plate Semi-Final Loser Game 3 v Loser Game 4
8.55pm – 9.15pm – Cup Semi-Final Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4
9.20pm – 9.40pm – Plate Final Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 7
9.45pm – 10.05pm – Cup Final Winner Game 6 v Winner Game 8