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Posted Wednesday, April 14th 2021

Talking points: Newcastle Falcons (a) - Gallagher Premiership

Check out they key talking points from this week's media session, as Director of Rugby, Pat Lam and Max Malins previewed the Gallagher Premiership R16 clash with Newcastle Falcons (5pm KO, live on BT Sport 3 HD).

'Reenergised'

The Bears’ exit from the Champions Cup at the hands of Bordeaux-Begles afforded them an unwelcome weekend off for the first time since January 29th, but Lam admits the break has been ‘a blessing in disguise.’

“There was real disappointment that we weren’t playing (in the Champions Cup quarter final) last week, but when you’re not, the break has allowed us to recharge.

“It wasn’t what we wanted but it was well received and has been a blessing in disguise. Everyone was reenergised when they came back in this week and keen to get back into it again now.”

‘Looking forwards’

Max Malins on returning to Bears action: “It was obviously a frustrating one against Bordeaux. The boys were gutted coming in on Monday – I obviously wasn’t involved so don’t have that immediate emotion, but it was frustrating watching as well, but it’s our job, especially coming into the club, to bring that energy. I’m really looking forward to getting out there, so hopefully my energy can be transferred into some of the other players as well."

'Falcons backlash'

Pat Lam on Falcons' form: “It just makes them more dangerous. They are a good side who have had a few niggles and injuries, but they are tough, just like Dean (Richards), and physical and we found that when we played them at Ashton Gate. The score didn’t reflect how tough that game was.

“Playing on 4G is always a challenge and Newcastle will be used to it, it’s up north as well and people often find it difficult to go to Kingston Park, so there’s a big challenge there and they will be the first to admit that their performance last week wasn’t a true reflection of Newcastle, so we’re expecting a backlash and a real battle this week.”


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