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Aviva Premiership: Newcastle not clinical enough in Bath loss
We just need to be a bit more clinical in what we do. The first half we didn't take our chances and they went in with points up.
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Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards felt his side were guilty of shooting themselves in the foot after slipping to a 21-0 defeat at home to Bath.
The Falcons were unable to mark their return to the English top flight with a win, with persistent rain and strong winds not making it easy on the opening night of the new Aviva Premiership season.
However Richards also bemoaned the lack of clinical finishing by Newcastle against opponents under the stewardship of former Falcons boss Gary Gold.
"We got ourselves into the right positions at times but we managed to shoot ourselves in the foot on occasions but it's something we will take heart from," Richards said.
"We just need to be a bit more clinical in what we do. The first half we didn't take our chances and they went in with points up.
"We didn't have quite the unity of turnovers as we would have hoped and we didn't capitalise on having the elements with us and playing in the right areas as we should have done.
"That's life. You have to learn from these mistakes and we will do."
Debutant George Ford kicked three penalties and a conversion with Anthony Perenise crossing the line from a rolling maul for Bath, with a and a late penalty try boosting the final score.
"We had a lot of possession in the first half and we didn't make that possession tell," Richards added.
"It's a long season and it's not about today, it's where we finish at the end of the year. With Quins we came up and it was very difficult. Last season London Welsh had a great start but still went down.
Gold, meanwhile, was pleased to be returning back to Bath from a tough trip north with a victory.
"It's always tough up here and playing in the wind in the first half to go in at 6-0 was a great result for us," he said.
"With them having one chance at goal but not threatening our line at all was good. We just talked about in the second half showing some resolve and some resilience and I think we did all of those things.
"We said we would take 6-3 before the game. It's frustrating because every training session we've had has been in the sun. We haven't been playing a lot of rugby like we saw like that so it's good we had that game management."
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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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