Golding backs Falcons to bounce back

Newcastle prop Jon Golding insists there is no hiding place for his Falcons side, as they look to overcome the disappointment of defeat to Leeds Carnegie with a trip to London Wasps on Sunday.

Golding played the full 80 minutes in front of a season’s record crowd last weekend as his troops fell to Leeds by the narrowest of margins in the Guinness Premiership’s northern derby, and the England Saxon was in no mood to gloss over his team’s shortcomings.

Asked about his recollections on a day when torrential rain and a boggy pitch ruined any chance of a free-flowing spectacle, the Ashington-born straight shooter said: “You might not believe me, but I really enjoyed it.

“It was a typical north-east winter’s day, it’s what it’s all about as a forward and I love that challenge.

“For me the weather was no excuse for the result on Sunday, it was the same for both sides and we just need to take responsibility as players for the quality of performance we put on for our supporters out there, who had taken the time and the effort to make it a record crowd.

“We scored points at times and really put Leeds under the screw for periods, but we shot ourselves in the foot by conceding kickable penalties straight from the restarts.”

“We just need to be better than that, there’s no excuse for it and it was just stupid on our part to show such indiscipline in our own half when we had just scored.”

Insisting that the blame be directed to the field rather than the bench, Golding added: “The coaches can’t be on the pitch, it’s us out there and the responsibility lies with us as players.

“We’re not shirking from that at all, we’re working hard in training and we know we’ll have to sharpen up when we go down to Wasps on Sunday.”

Relishing the challenge of testing himself against the in-form Londoners, the 27-year-old said: “I’m looking forward to it, because the firmer ground should suit our running game a bit more.

“It’s another game of rugby and, for me, every game is a new opportunity.

“Sure, we slipped up against Leeds, but what can you do about it other than work your nuts off and win the next one?

“People might say it’s a ground we’ve never won on, but we’ve been to places like London Irish and Bath this season and really just ignored the history books.

“There’s no doubt that Wasps are a quality team and will be very difficult to beat, but I’m confident we can go down there and get the job done.”

As one year comes to a close and a new decade dawns, asked for his memories of 2009 Golding said: “I feel as if we’ve come a long way this year, but the frustrating thing is that in the last few weeks of the year we’ve come off the pace a bit.

“We should have closed out and won more games, but we know we have it in us and we have to show it on a more regular basis.

“We have a fantastic squad here, we are well coached, get good support and as players we just have to step up and take responsibility for the results.

“There has been a lot of change this season with 17 new signings, but those guys are all settled in now so it’s no longer an excuse.

“We’ve got to get a win this weekend to start the new year on a high, we know we can play rugby and we know we’re capable of it.”

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