Newcastle Falcons’ Harrison Orr believes the way his side bounced back from their first ever group stage defeat shows they are ready to lift the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series trophy again this year.
The Group D hosts progressed to next weekend’s Singha 7s final at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry courtesy of victories over Sale Sharks and Leicester Tigers at Kingston Park.
Their 24-21 loss to Worcester Warriors in their middle fixture on Saturday broke the 2011 Premiership Rugby 7s’ Champions 16-game group-stage winning streak at the Singha 7s. And while Australian Orr – who signed for
Falcons earlier this year loved every minute of his debut for Newcastle, he was most pleased with the resilience the squad showed after that loss.
“We knew the record coming out here and today was our first loss, so obviously there was a bit of disappointment in the changing rooms,” said Orr.
“But we knew we had to come out and show the fans that we were here to win, and we did it for them in the last game.
“We pointed out that our defence wasn’t up to scratch against Worcester. We focused on that going into the Leicester game and it worked out, it was a good result.
“Being at home is very valuable. We wanted to impress the crowd and do it for ourselves, we had the energy in the changing room and we were ready to rumble.
“The guys were over the moon to top the group and they’re very excited for next week at the Ricoh Arena – there’s going to be a lot of hard work this week, but we’ll go all guns blazing next weekend.”
It was a dream start to life as a Falcon for Orr, who scored against Sale Sharks with his very first carry having come on as a replacement after half-time.
And with more Singha 7s action on the way at the Ricoh Arena Series Final next weekend, Orr is relishing the thought of getting stuck into more games in a Newcastle jersey.
“It was an unreal experience for my first run-out in Newcastle colours and of course we were over the moon at the result,” he added.
“I have played a little bit of 7s back home in Australia, but to do it in a Premiership Rugby environment was fantastic and in front of our home fans.
“I was probably very fortunate to score with my first touch. I was surprised, to be honest, but obviously happy at the same time that the field opened up the way it did for me.
“I am absolutely loving it here. Pre-season has been great, we have got plenty of quality work in and now I am just relishing getting into some games.”
Eight teams will play for the first silverware of the season in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals from 2pm at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Sunday 7 August. Click here for tickets.
Quarter Final 1 – Cardiff Blues v Sale Sharks
Quarter Final 2 – Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints
Quarter Final 3 – Harlequins v Wasps
Quarter Final 4 – Newcastle Falcons v Ospreys