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Match Reaction: Newcastle Falcons 38 London Welsh 7

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards says his side’s attacking intent is here to stay as Sinoti Sinoti and company waltzed their way to a bonus-point win over London Welsh.

On a gusty day at Kingston Park, a mini-tornado in the form of Sinoti helped the Falcons secure their bonus point before the first half was up.

The New Zealand-born winger grabbed the first before Rob Vickers, Mike Blair and Will Welch also joined in on the act.

Ally Hogg and Tom Catterick – who scored an impressive four conversions in testing conditions – added to the score and while Nick Scott did complete a stylish try for the Exiles in the first half, they could not withstand Newcastle’s barrage.

And Richards insists he will only be encouraging his team, who have already far surpassed their Aviva Premiership Rugby try count from last season, to carry on in the same vein.

"The boys have a licence to play and we’re not going to come down hard on them if they make a few mistakes here or there because they are showing a lot of ambition, which is what we want them to do,” he said.

“With Dave (Walder) and Wellsy (John Wells), coupled with some of the other boys like Micky Ward, I think we’ve got a really strong coaching team and the boys appreciate that.

“It has to be clear and precise and put in a way where the boys buy into it, and they have done which is quite nice.

“We’re playing that way because the boys want to play that way and we’re enjoying it.”

“In the second half we were into a howling gale and I thought the boys acquitted themselves really well, it was always going to be difficult playing into wind like that. There were some nice tries too, I was pleased with that.”

The gap has only widened between Welsh and the rest of Aviva Premiership Rugby, with both Falcons and London Irish winning on Sunday.

And the result was particularly frustrating for assistant coach Gordon Ross after he pointed to the positive signs in defeat against Harlequins last time out.

"It's a massive gap between us and Newcastle and London Irish now but we just have to keep improving,” said Ross. “We played quite well last week against Harlequins and were very competitive, but today was a backward step. It's tough times for us.

"Perhaps the most frustrating thing is that we didn't make Newcastle work too hard for their tries. We were pretty soft at times in defence and we kept turning over possession and giving them field position and from that they scored pretty easily.

"When you're four tries down after half and hour, you know you're pretty much up against it. There were a couple of positive aspect in our attacking play but we didn't retain possession enough and made it easy for Newcastle.”
 
Newcastle Falcons: Hammersley; Sinoti, Powell (Harris 61), Socino, Tait (Tuilagi 68); Catterick, Blair (Tipuna 68); Vickers (Fry 61), Lawson (McGuigan 61), Brookes (Orlandi 61); Green (Thompson 61), Furno; Wilson, Welch (Mayhew 68), Hogg

London Welsh: Robinson (Stegmann 61); Kear, May, Jewell (Barkley 42), Scott; Weepu, Rowley (Lewis 59); Trevett (Reeves 76), Britton (Morris 51), Vea (Cooper 76); West, Down; Browne (Thorpe 56), Kirwan (Pienaar 76), Fonua

Attendance: 5,048
Referee: Wayne Barnes
 
Scorers
Newcastle Falcons 38 London Welsh 7
 
Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Sinoti, Vickers, Blair, Welch, Hogg, Catterick
Conversions: Catterick 4
 
London Welsh
Tries: Scott
Conversions: Robinson

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