Newcastle fly-half Gopperth promises attacking rugby

Jimmy Gopperth
Gopperth is the Premiership leading points scorer this season with 216

Newcastle Falcons fly-half Jimmy Gopperth has promised an attacking approach to Friday's visit of reigning Premiership champions Leicester Tigers.

Gopperth and team-mates need points to secure their top flight safety, while Tigers require points to extend their lead at the top of the division.

"We need to go out there and attack," Gopperth told BBC Newcastle.

"We're not going to go out there and wait for penalties, we want to score some tries."

Leicester's rise to the top of the Premiership this season has seen rack up 59 tries in just 20 games, more than double the Falcons' tally of 23 in 19.

However five Gloucester touchdowns in Saturday's 41-41 draw with Tigers at Welford Road proved there are gaps to be exploited in Richard Cockerill's side.

"With the ground dry now teams are out to attack, and defence comes a little bit harder because the ball moves so fast," Gopperth said.

"No matter how good your defence is, you can't get in line with the ball so quick.

"That's why players love playing at this time of year, it's exciting, grounds are hard, you can step someone instead of trudging through mud.

"As long as we do things right we should be able to score a few points."

Falcons' hopes of avoiding the drop were boosted by a bonus point in the 22-15 defeat by Northampton last weekend, and the visit of Leicester has generated a similar buzz within the squad at Kingston Park.

"It gets exciting when you get the top teams come to your home ground," Gopperth continued.

"We said last week we looked forward to Northampton coming up, and we gave it a good crack, and this is another game we were always looking forward to.

"It's a game we're pretty excited about."

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