After a week off to recharge the batteries, Newcastle Falcons’ Scott Lawson is relishing the thought of a return to Aviva Premiership Rugby action after the club’s best start to a league campaign in years.
While the Kingston Park outfit lost 29-18 last time out in the Anglo-Welsh Cup to Saracens, they have won three of their seven Aviva Premiership Rugby clashes this season – and have close to a perfect record on home soil, only losing by a point to Leicester Tigers back in September.
They will be aiming to make it four from eight on Friday evening when Exeter Chiefs are in town, and hooker Lawson will be hoping to make an impact from the front row when he packs down alongside Sam Lockwood and Jon Welsh.
“I was involved against Northampton Saints at home but I had a weekend off last week when we played Saracens, and that’s what is right in this long season,” said the 35-year-old Scot.
“We’ve been working on a few things in that time off and building into the return of the Aviva Premiership this weekend.
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“We’ve discussed the fact that this has been our best start in the league for quite some time, and the big focus is on building on that this week.
“We’ve won three of seven games and with a home game on Friday we fancy ourselves to go four from eight having already won twice at home.
“Exeter are always competitive, every Aviva Premiership game that you play is, and we know from last year that regardless of their recent results they will be a huge challenge which we are looking forward to.
“They are strong all over the park with a good all-round game; they have good physicality up-front, good set-pieces and they like to play expansive rugby.
“It should make for a great spectacle as we are two teams that are looking to push the boundaries of how we want to play.”
The Falcons are expecting their biggest crowd of the season so far under the Friday Night Lights, with the club’s ‘Big Night Oot’ luring plenty of new rugby fans through the turnstiles.
And with attendances at Kingston Park already up 18 per cent this season on last, Lawson is hoping a big performance from the Newcastle troops can keep driving that number upwards.
He said: “We’re expecting a huge crowd down on Friday for the ‘Big Night Oot’, which the club have really pushed hard on social media.
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“We’ve built up a big core group of fans and season ticket holders here, and it’s brilliant that we are producing these ticket sales as a club.
“If we can get the result we want hopefully all these fans will come back and support us again in the coming weeks.”