Alex Tait insists Newcastle Falcons need to start reconciling their positive performances with important Aviva Premiership Rugby victories if they are to climb the table.
The Falcons have scored 37 Premiership tries so far this season, a figure that puts them above Harlequins, Leicester Tigers and Gloucester Rugby – among others – in the try charts.
It also easily eclipses their total of 23 five-pointers for the entirety of their last campaign, as the new 4G surface at Kingston Park continues to promote exciting, fast-paced rugby.
But full-back Tait admits that all the running rugby in the world counts for very little if you are on the losing side at the end of 80 minutes.
“The frustration this season is that we are playing some nice stuff but we are not always able to see out the result,” he said.
“With some of the rugby we have played this campaign we feel that we would probably want a few more wins in our position.
“We are happy with how we are playing, the way we are attacking means there is a belief there.
“We have got some dangerous runners and some good ball players in the team, but we need to keep things going and turning those close games into wins.
“Like against Wasps last week, it was good to get out and play some good attacking rugby and score some nice tries, but obviously we couldn’t get the win.”
Tait crossed the whitewash himself in that thrilling 23-23 draw with Dai Young’s men, finishing a well-worked move just four minutes into the game.
And the 26-year-old hopes they can repeat that exploit and begin to start games with more urgency.
“Maybe if we had been playing for the full 80 minutes throughout the season we could have snuck a few extra wins along the way,” he added.
“It has shown when we get off to a poor start that we often lose games, and that has been a focus of ours to address.
“We got off to an awful start against Exeter, I think we gave away a penalty in the first 30 seconds or so, and that set the tone for the game.
“There was a difference against Wasps and we played some good stuff.
“We have been guilty of inconsistency for a while but we are starting to develop some belief and that will bring consistency with it.
“It is about building on how we have been playing and grabbing some wins on top of that.”
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