Is it a case of Plastic Fantastic?

Newcastle’s transformation under Dean Richards has earned them many plaudits but could their decision to install an artificial pitch at their Kingston Park home be just as pivotal in their resurgence?

Statistics can of course be a little misleading but the Falcons’ 18-try tally after seven Premiership home games this season compares very favorably with the six they had scored at the same point last season.

There is nothing artificial about Falcons’ form but is  there a lesson for their Premiership rivals and the game as a whole? Spare a thought for the Falcons, Saracens and Cardiff Blues as grass pitches in the northern hemisphere start to show the effects of winter in the next few months.

Mike Miles

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