Hat-trick hero hungry for more in LV= Cup

Newcastle hooker Alex Walker insists he is determined to build on the rarest of rugby feats this Sunday at Kingston Park, having scored a hat-trick from the front row in his previous outing.

The Aussie’s sensational three tries at Cardiff Blues last weekend helped the Falcons rack up a bonus point away at the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup holders, and as they prepare to host London Wasps this Sunday the former Saracen reflected on his scoring exploits.

“I think I might have got a hat-trick once when I was 15 or 16, but in terms of senior rugby then yeah, it was definitely a first,” said Walker, having racked up three almost identical tries from driving mauls.

“It was basically the same try three times over, and if you totted up the total yardage you’d struggle to get more than five metres running!”

Refusing to claim all the credit, however, he added: “The forwards had been working hard all week, and although I crossed for the hat-trick they were all team tries really.

“Bobby Vickers came on and got a similar score right at the end, and both of us would no doubt say that they were collective scores rather than necessarily claiming all the glory ourselves.

“We had done a lot of mauling practice during the week, we were very direct in that area and it paid off with four tries.”

Having been substituted after his first two tries only to return in the second half as sin-bin cover, Walker said: “Like any player I obviously didn’t want to go off, but the yellow card in the second half allowed me back on temporarily and gave me the opportunity to complete the hat-trick.

“I would have been over the moon with one try, to be fair, so getting the hat-trick is beyond my wildest dreams really.

“Once I’d got the second I was hoping we’d get some more line outs in the corner, because it was working so well and we all backed ourselves to keep on scoring from the maul.

“Our forwards coach Stuart Grimes came up to me after the game and said ‘was that two tries for you?’

“I replied saying ‘no mate, it was three’, but as I say, they were all good team scores and every single member of the pack played their part with the way they secured the line out, ripped the ball and got into good driving positions.”

Despite having already been knocked out of the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup the Newcastle Falcons still have plenty to play for against Wasps this Sunday, with a home victory set to raise funds for the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Northern Region.

The club has reduced all adult tickets to £10 and concessions and juniors to just £5, with a percentage of ticket sales going to the Fusiliers’ benevolent fund.

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