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Tait promises new recruits

Newcastle head coach Alan Tait revealed a host of new signings are in the offing after seeing his side battle back for a 16-16 draw against Worcester at Kingston Park.

In front of a crowd of 7,013, the Falcons were trailing 16-9 with three minutes to go and looking a poor second to the Warriors but suddenly the Newcastle pack found another gear and drove Mike Mayhew over for a try which Jimmy Gopperth converted to level the match.

"It's two points that will help us no end," said Tait. "We should have been fast out of traps but we were very nervy and we only seem to start to play when all seems lost."

He added: "We have to start believing in ourselves. We have a fantastic squad but they have the realise that this is only November and not April and stop being so nervous.

"We will add to the squad [on Saturday] with the signing of Adriaan Fondse, who is a big ball carrying line-out player, and there are more on the way because our new owner has been fantastic and is giving us real backing."

Worcester head coach Richard Hill said: "Our players are very disappointed they didn't close out the game and I've been consoling them - which is a bit of change - and telling them it is a good two points.

"But we do tend to sit back on a lead and we have to stop doing that and get a winning mentality."