Dean Richards has hailed his Newcastle Falcons side after they secured a dramatic 23-20 victory over Montpellier on Sunday. The Falcons had at one stage held a 10-point advantage, but they were trailing heading into overtime of their European Rugby Champions Cup match at Kingston Park.
However, the Premiership side retained their composure and, after launching a 40-phase assault on the Montpellier try line, flanker Callum Chick was on hand to cross and secure Newcastle’s second successive victory in the competition, following on from last week’s win over Toulon.
Newcastle now sit two points clear at the top of Pool 5 and Richards was delighted with his side’s performance, particularly their never-say-die attitude.
Speaking about Chick’s winning try, Richards told the Falcons website: “We made it quite dramatic, didn’t we?
“Some teams would have just turned round and said ‘let’s put it out and take the bonus point’, but that’s not us. When you’re in that position you may as well go for it, and we had faith.”
The Falcons have failed to transfer their European form into the domestic game, as they have only won one of their opening six Premiership matches this season, but Richards plans to give his players a well-earned rest ahead of next week’s Premiership Rugby Cup clash with Exeter Chiefs.
“The boys will get a few days off now going into the Premiership Rugby Cup, and they deserve it,” Richards added. “They’ve had a hard slog over the last eight weeks and they need that little break.”