Despite last weekend’s biggest ever Aviva Premiership Rugby home defeat, Micky Young insists there is still plenty to play for at Newcastle Falcons this season – something he is eager to prove against Worcester Warriors on Saturday.
Exeter Chiefs left Kingston Park with a 41-3 victory to show for their efforts, Newcastle’s worst ever home reversal and their worst Aviva Premiership Rugby defeat since the 2009/10 season.
It is the latest in a long line of disappointments for Dean Richards side, who have won just once since round 13 last season.
But Young is not in a defeatist mood despite the Falcons being rooted to the foot of the table – far from it.
“Every game in this league is a massive game for the club and I think we approach matches in that way no matter who we are playing,” he said.
“To us this is just another game for the team and one that we all want to win so we will go out and give it our all.
“We are all working hard this week to make sure that we are as prepared as possible for the match so we can go out there and do the job.
“There is a real hunger in the team to pick up that win but we will be approaching it like any other game.
“They have obviously had a good start with the win over Northampton so we know they are a good side.
“We are three games in so there is still a long way to go and we will recover from injuries and get boys back from the World Cup so things will improve.”
Having beaten Northampton Saints in their first Aviva Premiership Rugby game back since promotion, Worcester have lost their last two fixtures to Sale Sharks and Gloucester Rugby.
However, the Warriors have lost just once to Newcastle in their last five Aviva Premiership Rugby encounters and Jonny Arr is eager to keep this run going.
“We want to win regardless of who we are playing against, it just happens to be Newcastle this weekend,” said Arr.
“We want to bounce back from two defeats in a row and get that winning feeling back.
“If there is added expectation around Sixways because of our last result there [victory over champions Northampton Saints] then fulfilling that expectation can be used as an extra incentive for us.”
Referee: JP Doyle (98th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Peter Huckle & Paul Dix. TMO: Stuart Terheege.