Newcastle Falcons lock Kane Thompson admits his side must learn how to grind out results after a letting too many victories slip out of their hands this Aviva Premiership Rugby season.
Last time out, against Gloucester Rugby, the Falcons held a 17-point lead with little over ten minutes remaining.
But an astonishing comeback from the home side – topped off by a last-gasp Billy Burns try – condemned Newcastle to their sixth straight defeat.
And Thompson revealed it’s a bitter pill to swallow with just bottom side London Welsh picking up fewer wins than Newcastle all season.
“The end of that game against Gloucester was really disappointing for us,” said the 33-year-old Samoan international.
“We had the win and we pretty much gave it away to them, although fair play they played some great rugby at the end.
“But we felt that we had the win there and we let it slip, so we were devastated to be honest.
“It’s hard after a loss like that when you leave everything on the field after 80 minutes of hard football.
“The boys really put it in and to come away having lost that victory it’s hard to pick yourself back up, mentally even more than physically.”
Thompson joined Newcastle in July 2014 but had to wait until November for his debut.
It’s not been a fairytale first season for the lock with the Falcons only able to pick up 28 points this campaign, leaving them 11th with just two rounds to go.
But Thompson is determined to finish the season on a high with an exciting summer of international rugby still to come.
“It’s not like we’re not putting the effort in. It’s just about knowing how to win and once we do that we’ll continue and win a lot more games,” he added.
“We think we are a lot better than where we are in the table, and we have a chance to improve on that the last two games.
“I’m looking forward to the summer – I’ve got the game against the All Blacks on the July 8 which will be a special moment, and one of the biggest days in Samoan history I’d imagine.
“The whole country will be watching that game, and then we’ll move onto the World Cup which is very exciting.
“It’s cool to be playing in England and seeing the build up to it already. You can feel the atmosphere growing already at the moment, and to be a part of that is a good feeling.”
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