Young enjoys Newcastle’s ice-cold approach

Newcastle scrum half Micky Young believes his Falcons side has what it takes to navigate some turbulent Guinness Premiership waters, having been subjected to the ice-cold North Sea as part of this week’s training schedule.

The England Saxons star was among the Falcons players taking the plunge after a Monday morning session on Tynemouth beach, revealing: “It’s all part of our physical recovery, but it was pretty cold!

“We were down at Tynemouth early doors to blow away the cobwebs after the Saracens result last Sunday, and to finish off the session the boys all had to get into the freezing cold sea.

“To be fair we normally have ice baths after training in any case and it wasn’t any colder than that, but I did notice a few of the coaches running a mile when it came round to going in the water!”

With his side still in ninth place despite Sunday’s 58-5 defeat at Saracens, Young insisted: “I wouldn’t say it’s desperate, but it’s really tight at the bottom and we know we have to win some games to get us out of there.

“We’re one of four teams in the fight, but we’re looking onwards rather than downwards and just preparing for a big game against Gloucester on Wednesday night. To me it’s not an issue, because the confidence is still really high and I honestly believe we won’t get relegated even despite the loss we had down at Saracens.

“The boys are still trying to progress forward, and it’s quite fortunate really that we’ve got a game so quickly after because it gives us a chance to try and set the record straight.”

Asked what the mood was like following Sunday’s Vicarage Road defeat, the 20-year-old revealed: “We didn’t do the job that we were set out to do, but with a game three days later it wasn’t really a case of getting a huge bollocking in the changing room, it was more just tactical and aimed at getting things right for Wednesday.

“The players already knew where it had gone wrong and what the implications were, and whilst we were all disappointed in the result it was really a case of just get on the bus and move on to the Gloucester game.

“We let ourselves down massively in terms of the accuracy when we were executing our plays, and then we gave them some soft tries after falling off tackles in defence. What we have been really good at this season has been our defence, so it was a massive disappointment to let those standards slip for one game and to let a team score 58 points against us.”

With Wednesday’s visitors being one of the form sides in the country at the moment, Young said: “Gloucester are going to bring what they always do, plenty of size and a very organised outfit.

“They are a tough defence to break down, but we’ve just got to back ourselves and stick to the game plan we have talked about in the week. We need to get our defence back up to where it has been for most of the season, and make sure we get points on the board whenever we have the ball in their half.”

With Wednesday’s encounter being billed as a crunch tie in some quarters Young took the longer-term view, stating: “In the Guinness Premiership every game matters, and I don’t think it’s a case of one match being do-or-die.

“You never go into a game thinking this one is less important than the others, and Wednesday’s match against Gloucester is therefore just another vital game. We’re ambitious and we want to push forward, and we know that Wednesday is a great chance to do that.

“With the talent I’ve got around me and the confidence in the squad even despite last Sunday’s result, I’ve got every belief that we can get the job done.”

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