Northampton Saints 34-13 Newcastle Falcons, Aviva Premiership, October 30
Tait: We were overpowered
ESPNscrum Staff
October 30, 2010
Northampton's Brian Mujati is taken to the floor, Northampton Saints v Newcastle Falcons, Aviva Premiership, Franklin's Gardens, Northampton, England, October 30, 2010
Northampton's Brian Mujati is taken to the floor by the Falcons defence © Getty Images

Newcastle boss Alan Tait freely admitted that his side had been completely dominated in the set-piece during Saturday afternoon's 34-13 defeat by the Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens.

The Saints' dominance in the scrum laid the foundation for a victory which featured tries from Lee Dickson, Greig Tonks, Joe Ansbro and James Downey. The Falcons did notch a superb try from Jeremy Manning but that score could not paper over the cracks in the visitors' performance.

"Our set piece wasn't good enough," Tait said. "We were overpowered in the scrum and from that base it's impossible to build up any momentum. Either Northampton were really, really good in that area or we were really poor."

He continued: "We showed what we could do with some good ball by scoring a good try through Manning, but Northampton gave us a good lesson today."

However, Tait did take issue with the legality of Northampton's first try, which was scored by Dickson, as a number of Saints players appeared guilty of crossing.

"I've had a look and there seemed to be a lot of runners who blocked our defensive line," he said.

Meanwhile, Saints boss Jim Mallinder was pleased that his side, which was shorn of its England internationals, managed to find some real incision in the second half after being restricted that that solitary try from Dickson in the opening 40 minutes.

"The first half was very frustrating," he said. "Our set-piece was dominant and we needed to be sharper to reward our dominance, but credit to Newcastle for they hung in there.

"It's never ideal to lose your four best players plus Bruce Reihana, and it's ideal to take your chances in the first half. We didn't do that but we kept our patience and were rewarded with late scores."

Both Dickson and Roger Wilson hobbled off during the game but Mallinder was unable to shed any light on the severity of their respective ankle injuries.

"They are both still hobbling but it is too early to give a diagnosis. Both players were due for a rest in any event."

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