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Falcons move not proving elementary for Watson.

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MARCUS WATSON admits the transition from international sevens to 15-aside rugby is taking its time as he beds in with Newcastle Falcons.

The 24-year-old makes his second competitive start for the Falcons when they host Russian champions Enisei-STM in tomorrow's European Challenge Cup group clash, having played his part in last Friday's 13-9 loss at Brive.

Watson said of the central French encounter: "I thought it went all right but there is plenty I can improve on.

"I am still getting used to the fact there is less space in 15s than there is in sevens, but it went OK overall.

"I thought the one advantage sevens would give me is that I would come in pretty fit, but after my first 80 minutes in Brive I can tell you 15s is definitely still hard work.

"There is a lot of running to be done, and I probably underestimated that a little. "Lots of the running is unseen, and you have to cover a lot of ground at fullback and wing. Most of the running is off the ball so people might not necessarily be aware of it, but it all mounts up."

Watson forms part of a side showing six changes from the one which took a losing bonus point in Brive, fellow pace man Zach Kibirige replacing Belisario Agulla on the other wing.

Alex Tait takes the place of Craig Willis at full-back in the only other back-line change, the front-row seeing a fresh pair of props as Rob Vickers and Jon Welsh pack down.

Kane Thompson's injury opens the door for Calum Green to return in the second-row, skipper Will Welch back on the blind-side flank at the expense of Richard Mayhew. Enisei arrive on Tyneside for only their second ever European game, the first having come last weekend when, in temperatures of -21C in Siberia, they were beaten 31-14 by Irish province Connacht.

"For them it is going to be normal weather - hot even," joked Watson.

"For us it will be freezing, but we should be fine if we layer up.

"I watched the highlights of their game against Connacht and they were well into the minus numbers. I'm not too sure I'd be keen to play in that.

"We are not really too sure what they are going to bring, but as long as everyone goes out, brings their best and shows it on the day we should be in a great position to get the game won."

Watson's fleet-of-foot attacking style seems tailor-made for a Falcons side intent on moving the ball wide, the former London Irish and Saracens man admitting the expansive game-plan was one of the many attractions about joining the club.

He said: "I was glad to come to Newcastle because they are a team I really enjoyed watching last season. They play an exciting brand of rugby and I would like to think I can add to that.

"The boys have been great. Everyone has welcomed me and the other guys in the back three do a lot of work together.

"I speak to Sinoti a lot. He was outstanding last season and I really admire the way he plays the game. Alex Tait, Zach Kibirige, guys like that, spend a fair amount of time talking things through, and hopefully that will show on the weekend when we form the back three."

Still win-less from their nine competitive games this term, he added: "We have not yet played the type of rugby we want to play. It hasn't quite clicked but we are improving gradually, and hopefully we are not too far away from really kickstarting our season."

NEWCASTLE FALCONS: A Tait, Z Kibirige, T Penny, C Harris, M Watson, T Catterick, M Young; R Vickers, G McGuigan, J Welsh, C Green, S Robinson, W Welch (captain), D Temm, M Wilson. Replacements: S Lawson, A Rogers, T Vea, W Witty, R Mayhew, R Tipuna, C Willis, A Powell.

ENISEI-STM: Y Kushnarev, R Malneek, D Kacharava, D Gerasimov, D Simplikevich, R Gaisin, J Baranovs (captain); A Bezverkhov, S Selski, I Zykov, U Saulite, V Krasniyik, V Orlov, A Temnov, A Rudoi. Replacements: N Gasanov, L Cleminson, E Pronenko, P Butenko, M Babaev, A Shcherban, I Kurashov, D Krotov.

Referee: A Brace (Ireland). Kick-off: Sunday, 3pm.

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