Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Tait sees a tense finale

Alan Tait

Newcastle head coach Alan Tait believes the Aviva Premiership relegation scrap is still not over despite his side's vital victory over bottom-club Leeds Carnegie.

Ally Hogg and Jeremy Manning scored tries at the beginning and the end of the match, with Jimmy Gopperth adding four penalties in between, as the Falcons claimed a priceless 22-5 victory at Leeds that moves them seven points clear of the Headingley club with eight games to go.

Newcastle have still to host Leeds on April 9, but Tait said: "No way is it over. I was really pleased in how they greeted the win because we said at the start of the week that no matter what the result today we would go away humble. I shouted at them at the end to do so - but I didn't really need to because they were exactly that."

He added: "There is still a lot of work to do. Backy (Neil Back) won't let Leeds give in, and we won't either.

"We've not got to look to build on this result.

"I have said all along this is a good team and if we get things right we are hard to beat.

"Leeds have come up against a side that are starting to pull their straps up."

Newcastle have been in poor form of late but found their feet at the perfect time in a convincing performance against a Leeds side who squandered their majority share of the possession.

"I've always had confidence in the boys," continued Tait. "If they perform like that I know they'll get the results.

"And it was a very professional job we've done on Leeds. We analysed Leeds all week and made sure no stone was left unturned. We were confident if we did that they wouldn't score against us, and we only let that try in late on."

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