Newcastle Falcons’ new-found attacking verve has caught the eye in Aviva Premiership Rugby this season but performances mean nothing if you are not getting the points to show for it – according to winger Sinoti Sinoti.
The Samoan flyer has run in six tries as part of a Falcons back line that have shown far more cutting edge than last season – which was their first back in the top flight.
But despite this new-found ambition the Falcons are no higher up the standings this time around, still sitting in 11th though comfortably clear of winless London Welsh.
And while safety looks to be a near certainty, Sinoti insists the Falcons’ aims should be much higher.
“Our season has changed quite a bit from last year,” he said.
“We have got a game plan that we have put in place to attack more and get us backs in a position where we are able to create more.
“It’s worked pretty well and we are playing some really good footy.
“But we are still not winning and that is something that needs to be addressed. If you are playing good rugby that’s one thing but if you are not winning then that’s a problem.
“We are trying to get up as close to the top six as possible and to do that we need to win.
“It’s about justifying all this hard work that we have put in and to be able to show where we have come from.
“We can talk about a great season and all the improvements but second to last in the table is still second last.
“That’s where we finished last year and our hard work is all undone if we do it again so we have to start winning more games.
“But there’s no use me talking about it, we need to make sure we are delivering out on the field. You can talk the talk but now we have to walk the walk.”
The influence of Walder on the back line this season has been well documented and 29-year-old Sinoti has been the biggest beneficiary with his six tries so far.
And with the experience of Kiwi Mike Delany joining from Clermont in the summer the Samoan knows his teammates in the backline are going to keep furnishing him with chances to add to his try tally.
“I’m quite happy in the sense that I want to touch the ball as much as I can of course,” he added.
“Compared to last year it has taken some getting used to but a lot of my breaks come from the centres and the guys inside me creating that space at the right moment.
“The future looks bright for the club, we have made some good signings. A few guys staying on and some new faces coming in.
“Mike Delany will bring a lot of experience and the club can only go up from here, I don’t see any reason why we will go backwards.”
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