Tait enthused by vital win
October 2, 2011
Wasps wing Tom Varndell is wrapped up by the Falcons defence during Sunday's clash in the north east © Getty Images
Newcastle Falcons boss Alan Tait was a relieved man after his side finally picked up their first win of the season on Sunday by defeating London Wasps 15-10 at Kingston Park.
The visitors scored the only try of the game, with winger Christian Wade crossing just six minutes in, but Falcons fly-half Jimmy Gopperth had a terrific afternoon with the boot, nailing all five of the penalties which came his way to end Newcastle's run of four successive defeats.
The Falcons remain bottom of the table, on points difference from Northampton Saints, but head coach Tait is looking forward to the rest of the season with renewed optimism.
"A win today was vital, I haven't slept much all week," he said. "We're still in there (the relegation zone), we're up to five points and hopefully we can talk about a run of wins now.
"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."
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young, meanwhile, was left bemoaning his side's ill-discipline, which was ruthlessly punished by Gopperth.
"Newcastle didn't have to do much to win," the former Cardiff Blues boss 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."
Young's sentiments were echoed by those of his captain, John Hart, who conceded, "Our discipline handed them the game basically. We had spoken about it and at this stage some guys have got to start bucking their ideas up and actually doing something about it.
"We said this week we needed to have an accurate set-piece to set a platform and today we had that but we handed the advantage back to them. When you come to places like this you can't make those mistakes - you will lose."
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