Tait praises Falcons' resilience
September 10, 2010
Wasps' Dan Ward-Smith is stopped by the Newcastle defence © Getty Images
Newcastle boss Alan Tait praised his side's resilience after they overturned a half-time deficit to defeat Wasps 29-17 at Kingston Park.
The former Scotland centre feared the worst after Tom Varndell put the visitors ahead with a first minute try but was thrilled by their fightback - which was set up by 19 points from fly-half Jimmy Gopperth.
"I was nearly getting in my car after 10 minutes," he said. "The positive side is we fought back. We gifted them 14 points and for the team to come back against Wasps was great. But there were signs in that first half that our energy levels were there.
"To give a start to a team like Wasps and fightback like that was superb and I have told them they need to believe in themselves more."
Wasps coach Tony Hanks dismissed reports linking them with Welsh centre Gavin Henson and then criticised his side's lack of coherence.
"Did you guys not get the statement this morning? That was straight from the horse's mouth," Hanks said."Gavin Henson as far as I am aware gets linked to us, as every Welsh player does. I understand he is doing some dancing or something, but we haven't signed Gavin Henson."
Hanks' men are still looking for their first win of the season after salvaging a draw against Harlequins at the London Double Header last weekend.
"We didn't look after the ball, simple as that," Hanks said. "Every time we had the ball or got in a position to do something we dropped it, and then we came under pressure and gave away some soft penalties.
"Gopperth had his kicking boots on and they built a score and deserved the win. We had taken our chances but scoring the try of the season doesn't give you competition points.
"Our potential is obvious but we have to bring it together. We have talked about consistency but talking about it does not mean it is going to happen. We were playing smart and spotting opportunities but we lost that momentum and couldn't get back in."
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