Newcastle Falcons may be without an away win in Aviva Premiership Rugby for two years, but Rob Vickers insists his side are capable of causing the opponents problems on their travels.
The Falcons have not won away from home in the league since defeating London Welsh 23-3 at Kassam Stadium in October 2014.
But after bouncing back from a humbling at Bath Rugby and only losing out with the final kick of the game against Leicester Tigers last week, Vickers is adamant Dean Richards’ men are on the right track.
They travel to Kingsholm this afternoon to lock horns with Gloucester Rugby, and despite their lengthy spell without an away victory, it is business as usual for Vickers.
“We’ve been improving, although we were obviously very disappointed to lose against Leicester last weekend,” he said.
“Going into this game against Gloucester it’s important we take our home form on the road with us, which perhaps let us down a bit a few weeks ago.
“We can do it, but at the moment we are finding it difficult. We can’t let off before we turn up and have to perform with the same passion and intensity that we perform with at Kingston Park.
“Before the Leicester game we knew we had to avoid throwing the baby out with the bathwater. We played well through preseason and against Sale, but it was a terrible performance against Bath.
“We had to look forwards to Leicester and try and play some good rugby, and while we could have won that game what is important now is going down to Gloucester and taking four points away from home.”
Gloucester have won only one of their last five matches at Kingsholm in all tournaments, but the Cherry & Whites have been the scourge of the Falcons in recent years having won five of their last six encounters in Aviva Premiership Rugby.
And Vickers is under no illusions that David Humphreys’ side will be a tough test this afternoon.
“They’ve got huge amounts of power up front and their pack is playing really well, and if you give them any width they are going to exploit it,” he said.
“On top of that, Grieg Laidlaw has been out of this world for them at the beginning of this season and end of last, so we can’t give them any opportunities in our own half.”