Falcon Williamson ready for LV= Blues challenge

Newcastle flanker Ed Williamson insists his new-look Falcons side has plenty to prove at Cardiff Blues on Sunday, despite having a mountain to climb in the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup.

With the Falcons set to field a youthful side at Cardiff City Stadium as coach Steve Bates rings the changes, Williamson will be one of the beneficiaries eager to state his case.

“I haven’t been in the mix for the past few weeks, which has been frustrating, but I got a look-in from the bench against Padova last Friday and enjoyed the challenge,” said the 25-year-old, who lines up for his 11th appearance of the season this weekend.

“Hopefully I can have a good run-out in Cardiff and start to push back more into the reckoning for the Premiership games, which is where everyone wants to be.

“Not being in the first team is naturally frustrating for players, but the fact that the snow has decimated the Development Team fixture list these past two months has meant that a lot of guys have had precious little rugby to get stuck into.


“There are a lot of players coming into the side for this game, it’s a big chance for us to prove our point and we’re not going to let this opportunity pass us by.

“Part of it is about personal goals for guys like myself, trying to force my way back into the Premiership side, but the main thing is just for the team to keep progressing. We have to be honest and admit that we’ve lost our way a little in the past couple of games, despite winning them, and we all know there is a lot of work to do.”

Expanding on the need for improvement despite being unbeaten all year, winning their European pool and sitting in the top half of the Premiership table, Williamsons said: “Against Petrarca last Friday we basically got the game the wrong way round, and didn’t execute what we had been told to before the match.

“We tried to spin the ball wide early on, and it was only later in the game when we actually started to drive up the middle and suck their numbers in. “


“There’s a saying in rugby that you have to earn the right to go wide, and we were guilty of not earning that right last Friday. Our opposition over the next three weeks is Cardiff, Wasps and Northampton.”


“You can’t go up against teams of that quality and just expect to play champagne rugby, you have to grind it out and work hard for every inch.”

With traditional Anglo-Welsh rivalries spicing the game up as well as the European quarter-final in April between the same sides, the North-East native added: “We’re all aware that this competition is effectively dead to us in terms of semi-final qualification, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not going down there determined to put one over them.

“For some reason the English are the most hated nation out of the four home countries, everyone loves to beat us but it works both ways.

“Sunday’s game is a chance to give some of us a run, to have a bit of a look at Cardiff’s patterns before the European game and potentially expose a couple of areas where we can attack them. It may end up being different personnel in April so only time will tell really how much we can learn about Cardiff, but it’s a good opportunity for us nonetheless.

“From what I’ve heard they’re going to put out a relatively strong side on Sunday, but hopefully we can get at them and give them a bit to think about.

“I’m not sure if their Welsh national boys will be involved, but I’m itching to have a crack at them.

“Everyone knows the class of guys like Martyn Williams, but for me Andy Powell is the one I would love to have a go at. He’s a big strong guy who loves to carry, a very good player and I want to see if I can cut it with him at that level.


“When they announce their team I’ll be looking down

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