Andrew upbeat despite fourth loss
October 18, 1999

Newcastle chief Rob Andrew admitted it was no surprise that his team collapsed to their fourth successive Premiership defeat of the season.
The Falcons were missing eight first-team regulars on World Cup duty while a further three internationals were absent through injury.

"I always knew we would be in for some problems during the World Cup period," said Andrew after today's 55-6 defeat at Saracens. "We are not competing on a level playing field and that is why I'd rather not be playing now. Our back-up players are perhaps a little too young. They are a very talented group but perhaps they are another year away from being ready.

"The fixtures haven't helped us either. We have had three tough away games that we would have done well to win with a full-strength squad."

Despite the resounding defeat to a Saracens team inspired by fly half Thierry Lacroix's 20-point haul, Andrew is still looking forward to the rest of the season with confidence.

"There's plenty to be upbeat about. There is a long way to go this season," he said.

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