Dean Richards: Newcastle Falcons need patience to move forward

Juan Pablo Socino outpaces the Sale defence
Juan Pablo Socino has been a creative outlet for Newcastle Falcons this season

Director of rugby Dean Richards believes "a bit of patience" is one ingredient Newcastle Falcons need to build on their Premiership revival.

Newcastle have improved this term, with 18 Premiership tries so far compared to 23 in the whole of 2013-14.

They have also won three games, matching last season's tally.

"Once we get a bit of patience and understand how to finish things, we'll start turning sides over," Richards told BBC Newcastle.

Juan Pablo Socino's creativity from 10 or 12 has been a catalyst, while a young pack has impressed with Scott Wilson, Dom Barrow and Calum Green exciting alongside older heads in Ally Hogg and Rob Vickers.

Sinoti Sinoti has also continued to impress out wide, as Richards' side bed into Premiership life after a full campaign back last term.

However, Falcons lost 13-18 against Sale in their last Premiership outing, after a Danny Cipriani-inspired try from Johnny Leota with 10 minutes remaining.

They had led, with Socino scoring a spectacular solo try, while Rory Clegg kicked eight points from the tee.

"There are a huge amount of positives and good performances," added Richards.

"I can't fault the boys for effort, the choice of options sometimes was wrong and so was the execution.

"The second try was an absolute killer, we were five metres from their line, we just needed to hold on and we'd have probably gone over, but we turned over.

"Pass, pass, chip and try scored, it was a 14 pointer in some respects because we needed to hold on for one more phase of play and we'd have probably scored."