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Try hero's mind on his new arrival.

Falcons centre Jamie Noon scored two tries last night before dashing home to be on hand for the birth of his second child.

The England midfield man crossed the line twice as Newcastle claimed a memorable 25-9 EDF Energy Cup win over much-fancied Welsh side Llanelli Scarlets, but he revealed afterwards that it was the patter of tiny feet that had been on his mind this week.

"I was a little bit away with the fairies tonight, to be totally honest," said Noon.

"I've been all over the place this last few weeks with the baby being due, and having to train with England during the past two weeks.

"My wife Rachel's due date was actually the same day as the game, so I've had the phone by my side all day and I was ready to go if the call came.

"There was always the chance I wouldn't play if she'd gone into labour before kick-off, and just the uncertainty of the whole thing meant I wasn't quite 100% on the game.

"Thankfully, we put in a good team performance though, and it's out of the way so I can be with my wife over the weekend."

Falcons boss John Fletcher meanwhile, was left to salute the effort of his troops, saying: "After the defeats we've suffered this season the message to the players has been don't over-react when you lose, and don't over-react when you win.

"We're not a terrible side when we get beaten and we're not a great side when we win. We know where we are in our development, we're comfortable with it, but it's always nice to get a 'W' in the results column."

Fletcher also paid tribute to the club after their decision to wear pink shirts, with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK, saying: "The lads are asking if we can have the pink top as the home shirt for every game now, because it must be lucky or something!

"It's fair to say we've taken some light-hearted stick about it and also had a bit of a laugh, but while that is all good fun and fair enough, there is a serious side to it.

"Money from the shirts does go to Cancer Research UK, and that's something particularly close to me at this moment because my mother actually had a breast operation on Thursday as a result of the disease.

"She's come through the operation fine, but I was thinking of her when the boys ran out in the pink shirts."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 7, 2006
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