Coach Tait demands attacking improvement from Falcons

Tim Swinson
Despite the efforts of lock forward Tim Swinson, Falcons were unable to close the gap on London Irish at the Madjeski Stadium

Newcastle Falcons head coach Alan Tait is demanding more from his side as an attacking force after Saturday's 46-29 Premiership defeat by London Irish.

Falcons relied on the boot of Jimmy Gopperth for 19 of the points in a game dominated by kicking.

"I want to see the attack," Tait told BBC Newcastle. "The defence are doing ok but in attack it's pretty woeful.

"I don't know why. They seem to shy away and key players don't seem to get on the end of the things," he added.

"We'll have to work hard in training. We'll have a bit more live contact on Tuesday so it gets a bit tasty."

While Falcons' run without a win continued at the Madjeski Stadium, their scoring tally (they did score two of the game's five tries) has increased week by week to suggest a gradual improvement.

"Don't get me wrong, we scored 29 points," said Tait. "Jimmy Gopperth had his kicking boots on. Nine out of ten.

"Yet we have to be disappointed with the penalties and tries we gave away. I can't remember them scoring many decent tries.

"It was us turning over ball. It's something we can work on. Ball in hand, it should be the enjoyable part of rugby, but we're making it look hard work at the moment."