CARLO del Fava can’t wait for Newcastle Falcons to cut loose when the harder, dryer pitches give his team greater scope to go wide, writes MARK SMITH.
The Italian has been a key component in the Falcons’ rise to the top of the Championship, although the winter window has seen tight forward play a dominant feature of their ongoing unbeaten run.
Del Fava, now back in the side after a niggling thumb injury, hopes for a broader attacking outlook when conditions allow, with the promotion play-offs in May the target as they bid for a Premiership return at the first attempt.
“There are hopefully still five months left of the season so it is a long way to go,” said the second-rower, who joined the Falcons last year after previous spells in France, Italy and Ireland.
“The key is to keep churning out the wins and to improve on our shape and structure as well as all the little things which go towards making a performance.”
With the Falcons hoping to add style to their substance, Del Fava added: “There are aspects of the Championship which are challenges, but we have just to combat those and look after what we are doing.
“We have to be squeaky clean in everything we do, keep the pressure on teams and grind out those wins.
“Sometimes it is going to be untidy, but that is just part of the game and part of the climate over here.
“Towards the end of the season, once the ground hardens up, hopefully we can play it a bit more open – but when you are in the middle of winter you just have to do what the situation allows.
“Playing a bit of a more entertaining style will be great when the weather allows us, and especially for the fans who travel all over the country following the Falcons.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle have played a straight bat to reports in France claiming their Samoan back-rower Taiasina Tu’ifua is set to sign for Bordeaux-Begles next season.
The 28-year-old has been with the club for a year and a half after joining from Kiwi provincial outfit Counties Manukau, with his prospective new outfit engaged in a battle with Agen to remain in the French top flight.