Tait relieved to ease pressure
It may not have been pretty, but nothing mattered to Newcastle coach Alan Tait other than his side securing their first win of the Aviva Premiership season against Wasps on Sunday.
In a game riddled with errors and containing little in the way of constructive play the Falcons failed to score a try, but fly-half Jimmy Gopperth was successful with all five of his penalties to end an unwanted club record of 11 consecutive defeats. Wasps did have the satisfaction of scoring the only try and securing a losing bonus point.
Tait described it as a "massive release", adding: "A win today was vital, I haven't slept much all week. We're still in there, we're up to five points and hopefully we can talk about a run of wins now."
He added: "I was very nervous, you think you have the game won and then you lose possession. You just can't imagine how I would have picked them up if we hadn't won today."
Gopperth opened the scoring with his first penalty on just 2 minutes but the Wasps try was quick to follow. Their winger Christian Wade was fed with an inside pass on the 22 but nothing looked on until he zipped past home full-back Alex Tait to scoot down the touchline for a fine solo score.
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was furious after his side handed Gopperth his penalty opportunities throughout the game.
"Newcastle didn't have to do much to win," he said. "They never really threatened us and hardly got inside our 22 but we made silly basic errors again.
"We talked about Gopperth before the game, if you give him opportunities he will take them and that's exactly what he did. Some of the penalties we conceded I was a bit aggrieved about but a few were just plain stupid which we are giving up week in week out.
"We just have to be hard on the players and keep working at it but it's massively frustrating that the same people are making the same kind of mistakes every week.
"We didn't play smart rugby and we didn't control the field and we didn't deserve to win here."