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Sarries shocker jolted us to life; Falcons ace hails club's change in fortune.

Byline: NICK PUREWAL

LINEOUT king Mark Sorenson hailed Newcastle Falcons' three-day turnaround as the biggest contrast between results in his Kingston Park tenure.

Admitting the Falcons players were desperate to atone for Sunday's Saracens shocker when hosting Gloucester at Kingston Park on Wednesday night, the towering Kiwi lock revealed the short turnaround time worked in his side's favour.

Picking themselves off the floor after their 58-15 hammering at Watford, the Falcons dispatched Gloucester with power, verve and a modicum of style - not forgetting a few jitters - to ease their relegation worries.

Their first win in the Guinness Premiership since January 3, and just their second win of the league season at home, could not have come at a more important time.

Relieved to have proved Sunday's result a flash in the pan - albeit in admittedly inconsistent times - Sorenson said scant preparation time after Sunday meant no time for heads to drop.

He said: "That's definitely the biggest contrast in two games, and in such a short space of time, while I have been at the club.

"I can't remember anything as pronounced as that.

"And to be honest that's because Sunday was probably the worst performance in my time here.

"All the lads were gutted by the way we played, and we knew it was down to us to atone for that against Gloucester.

"We had to have a reaction after what happened at the weekend. We needed to improve the physicality and we needed to react mentally too. We were keen to rectify the situation because it was our fault in the first place.

"There wasn't much said, because we all knew what we had to do, and to be honest the quick turnaround probably helped after the defeat.

"There wasn't any time to dwell on what had happened, or to wallow in the misery of the defeat.

"And I think that worked in our favour, because once you get this far through the season all your patterns, shapes and plans are in place, so it's just a case of getting through them the right way and at the right times."

Admitting the Falcons players knew they needed to show they cared about playing for the club, Sorenson backed his men to go down to Harlequins tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) and pick up where they left off on Wednesday.

He continued: "We were on the edge after Sunday, and we had to give a reaction on the field, for the pride of ourselves, and to do the jersey justice.

"It was about maintaining confidence and not letting Sunday get to us, because we always knew we had a performance like that in us - that's how we should be playing every week.

"We needed to keep the momentum up once we had got on the front foot, and it was about keeping the scoreboard ticking over.

"We were well on top in the scrum and the lineout, and we worked hard to make sure we could put pressure on their setpiece ball as well as win the majority of our own.

"This result gives us the belief that we can go down to Quins and get another win, and if we do then we can certainly take another massive step towards safety."

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Date:Apr 2, 2010
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