Falcon No.10 eyes up Anglo Welsh Cup clash

Flying Falcon Charlie Amesbury will be looking to get one over on his former club, as Harlequins travel to face Newcastle in Sunday’s Anglo Welsh LV= Cup clash at Kingston Park (kick-off 3pm).


The 23-year-old has been one of the finds of the season for the Falcons, scoring three tries in his ten appearances at both winger and fullback.


Having featured in the 17-17 draw when Newcastle and Harlequins met at Kingston Park in league action back in September, the former England Sevens international said: “I’ve already had that experience once this year, playing against my old team, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.


“I was dreading it before the game thinking they were going to give me digs here there and everywhere, but I got my fair share and really enjoyed being up against some good friends and former team mates.


“At the end of the day I’m a Newcastle player now, and although Harlequins holds a bit of sentiment for me Sunday is no different to any other game.


“No doubt some of the Quins guys will be wanting to bring me back to my roots with a couple of hits, but that’s just the rough and tumble of the game and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”


Asked about the threat posed by a Harlequins side without a handful of key men out wide, Amesbury said: “They’ve struggled a bit with injuries this season on the wing, and then to lose Ugo Monye with England is obviously another blow for them.


“They might be looking a little thin on numbers in certain positions in the back line, but they still have plenty of quality in there and we’re under no illusions that Sunday is going to be a tough game against a good side.


“Quins struggled for a bit of momentum in the early part of the season, but they’ve found their groove a bit more in the last few weeks and some of the younger guys have also stepped up for them.”


Back fit and raring to go after being restricted to bench duty last weekend, the Londoner added: “I’ve been doing well this year because I’ve come to a new club, I’ve freshened up, had a really good pre-season and that may not have happened if I’d stayed put.


“I had a bit of a niggle last week which meant I wasn’t quite 100 per cent, but that has cleared up now so I’m taking a full part in training during the week now.”


Looking to secure a more regular starting berth, Amesbury said: “It’s a very competitive squad right now with a lot of guys going for the same shirts, and it was great to see a youngster like Tom Catterick putting in such a big performance at fullback last weekend against a legend like Chris Latham.


“On the wings there are also a lot of guys really putting a marker down, and that sort of competition for places is obviously going to just up the standards across the board.


“In terms of where I prefer playing, I’ve enjoyed fullback, and in the games I’ve had there I’ve felt as if I’ve had a bit more ball in hand then when I’m on the wing.


“It’s a position I’d like to play again, but Alex Tait and Tom Catterick have both done a great job and I know it won’t be easy trying to nail down a spot. I’m just happy to play wherever the coaches need me really, I know I still have to work on aspects of my game and I’m putting in the yards in training doing that every day at the moment.”


Highlighting the Kingston Park factor as a major plus for the Falcons, he said ahead of Sunday’s clash: “It would mean everything for us to win this weekend, and I know first hand that Harlequins fear coming up here.


“The whole thing of the weather, the crowd, it all combines to make this a really difficult place for visiting teams to come and play as I know from my own experience.


“The funny thing for me now is that I’ve seen the flip side of it, and when we played our home game against Worcester a fortnight ago I just felt on the day that we were definitely going to win. I felt like I had an edge over my o

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