Dean Richards: Newcastle Falcons win had been coming

Alex Tait and Tom Catterick embrace during the Falcons' win against Exeter.
Falcons' previous win had been almost 12 months ago against London Irish on 27 October 2013

Director of rugby Dean Richards said Newcastle Falcons' victory against Exeter Chiefs on Sunday had been on the cards for some time.

Richards' side ended a 20-game winless run thanks to tries by Sinoti Sinoti, Tom Catterick and Noah Cato, plus 14 points kicked by Juan Pablo Socino.

Falcons' last league win had come almost a full year ago, against London Irish on 27 October 2013.

"It's not relief, this has been coming," Richards told BBC Newcastle.

"I'm still a bit frustrated with the way we did it but at the same time delighted with the players that we've won.

"I felt we deserved it, but that's not taking anything away from Exeter."

The Kingston Park outfit were very close to ending their unwanted streak at home to London Irish last month, but paid the price for missed opportunities and a string of misplaced kicks as they eventually lost by two points.

With 11 tries already, the Falcons are close to half their total of scores for the entire 2013-14 campaign, while Richards has praised the leadership of the senior professionals who have stepped up to lead the revival.

"I thought [Ally] Hogg did well, Ruki [Tipuna] played well too and offers so much and to have Mike Blair there to come off the bench too - it's a side that is moving forward," Richards added.

"That has been seen by the style of play we've shown over the last few months but we've got to string together some results and this win will be a real confidence boost."