Gopperth thinking positive
Newcastle Falcons fly-half Jimmy Gopperth insists his side can recover from Sunday's defeat at Saracens when they take on Gloucester.
By Rachel Griffiths
Last Updated: 31/03/10 11:20am
Newcastle Falcons fly-half Jimmy Gopperth insists his side can recover from Sunday's defeat at Saracens when they take on Gloucester on Wednesday.
The Cherry and Whites will make the trip to the north-east keen to avoid a repeat of the loss they suffered at Kingston Park last season, while New Zealander Gopperth and his fellow Falcons are looking to bounce back from their humiliating 58-15 thrashing at Vicarage Road.
"Looking round the changing room after the game at Saracens on Sunday, the boys were hurting badly," said Gopperth.
"Even despite the horrible result I see it as a positive that it still means so much to the players, because if they weren't bothered and were just going about their business normally after the game then something would be badly wrong.
"My wife saw the score on the news and said she was dreading me coming home because I'd be in such a foul mood after a 58-15 scoreline. It definitely hurts to suffer a result like that, but the good thing has been that the boys seem to have bounced back, and there is that real winning buzz about the place again."
The Falcons currently sit ninth in the Guinness Premiership table, but 26-year-old Gopperth insists relegation is not an option for his side.
"The results we've had, when we look back, we should have had at least four more wins. That would have put us right up there in the table, but it's hindsight and you've just got to move on," he said.
"There's a fight going on between basically four teams to avoid relegation, and we know that we're one of that four.
"It means you are accountable every single week so there are no dead rubbers, it's exciting for the fans and that pressure is always there. I guess it's a test of how you deal with that, but it's certainly not something we're even contemplating because we believe we have the quality to stay up and to build for next season.
"As a team we haven't talked about relegation too much, because we're just keeping a really positive mindset and going out to win each game between now and the end of the season. We don't want to get into the mentality of thinking 'God if we lose this one we're right in it', because all that does is create anxiety and doubt in people's minds, which can affect your ability to perform.
"Our approach is to believe in the quality of players and coaches that we have, to stick together and attack each game as a new opportunity. We know we're a better team than where we are right now, and we believe we have it in us to push on in these next five games."