The Newcastle Falcons may have lost in the final of the British and Irish Cup but according to Richard Mayhew, it will not be a deciding factor when the club takes on the challenge of the Bedford Blues in the Rugby Football Union Championship play-off final as they target an immediate return to the Aviva Premiership after just a season away from the English top flight.
The Falcons suffered a 18-17 defeat at the hands of a youthful Leinster side in the final of the fabled tournament and now, they turn their attention back to domestic glory as they cast their eyes on the first of the two legged play-off final against then heavy hitting Bedford Blues side, captained by Darren Fox in a tie that will determine which of the two sides will play in the Aviva Premiership next season. The first leg of the final is away from home at Bedford and according to Mayhew, that defeat in the final of the British and Irish Cup won’t be a deciding factor when the Newcastle Falcons take on the Bedford Blues, adding that it was still a final and a match the side wanted to win.
Mayhew mentioned that the defeat left the players gutted and the dressing room after the match told the story but being professionals, they have to look at the big picture and now, it is the promotion play-off, and it is a match where they will have to come back stronger.
Mayhew believes that the defeat to Leinster was a kick up the back side for the players of the Newcastle Falcons and it will ensure that they will not sit back and take the game to their opponent as they look to return to the top flight of English rugby at the first time of asking.