Once again it was a case of so near and yet so far for Newcastle Falcons as they slipped to a narrow defeat to Saracens last time out in Aviva Premiership Rugby.
And scrum-half Ruki Tipuna admits only a full 80-minute performance will suffice if they are to get back to winning ways and climb the standings.
Dean Richards’ side have won plenty of admirers for their new, more expansive style of play this season and nowhere was that more evident than the weekend just gone.
The Falcons scored three tries to Saracens’ one but, in a fashion that has typified the 2014/15 campaign, they still slipped to a narrow defeat in north London.
And the 31-year-old Tipuna, who came off the bench in the Sarries loss, admits he is fed up with his side being nearly men as they sit 11th in the table.
“It’s encouraging to beat Sarries three tries to one but for us as a team it’s about trying to get everything right all the time,” he said.
“If we can put it all together then we will go a long way but we have not been able to do that enough.
“We are in the same league position as last year, and while we are playing better rugby and scoring more tries, we need to start turning these close games in our favour.
“That comes from being clinical and being disciplined, those are two of our biggest problem areas.
“We are right up at the top in terms of line breaks, our game plan is fine but it’s the small things that will help us to win. We can be really good for 20, 40 or even 60 minutes but then we fall asleep.”
Barring their victory over winless London Welsh in January, the Falcons have not won a league match since November.
And if that run is to change then Tipuna admits it will be down to every individual to front up and start getting things right.
“At the end of the day, it is a lot of individual errors that are costing us,” he added.
“People are making mistakes and then trying to make up for it, whereas we have a very reliable system in place that we need to trust in.
“It comes down to the individual player doing the right thing and across the board we are getting it wrong and that is always going to make it hard.”
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