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Both bosses positive after Kingston Park stalemate

Both bosses positive after Kingston Park stalemate

Alan Tait and Pete Anglesea both headed into the weekend satisfied that they had got league points from the Aviva Premiership Rugby clash at Kingston Park.

Newcastle and Sale shared a 19-all draw courtesy of a try each from Tim Swinson and Sisa Koyamaibole and some dead-eyed goal kicking from opposing fly halves Jimmy Gopperth and Charlie Hodgson.

Swinson's effort three minutes from time earned the Falcons a share of the points, and despite seeing his side slip from a 10-point lead Anglesea said that the result was a positive for his Sharks team.

“Probably leading by 10 points with 20 minutes left I thought we could go on and win the game,” Anglesea admitted. “However, our previous record down here is very poor. I remember I never won here as a player and I came with some very good Sale sides.

“In the long run, given the conditions and everything that has happened over the past few weeks, I’d probably take two points as it keeps us edging nearer the middle group.

“And if you had asked me before the last weekend if I would have taken six points from the Sarries and Newcastle games I would have happily taken that, so we’re moving in the right direction.”

The draw put Newcastle five points ahead of Leeds and Tait said:" There is plenty of talent here and I'm not about to press any panic buttons, there's nothing to be gained from panicking.

"We do have quality players and I hope this draw and way we came back will kick-start our recovery. I did think the game had gone at 19-9 so I have to be happy we got back to 19-19."

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