Mateo Carreras continues to make Premiership defences look amateur
Another week, another worldie scored by Newcastle Falcons and Argentina winger Mateo Carreras. After tearing through Saracens’ defence last week (almost twice), his victims were Northampton Saints this week and he might have scored his best try yet this Gallagher Premiership season.
With only six games played in the league, the Argentine has already built a highlights reel most other players would make in an entire season. Not many players make 80 metre tries look like the norm, but he has again, lighting up Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.
A mazy run from his own half kickstarted Newcastle’s resurgence against the Saints on 61 minutes. The Falcons were trailing 32-14 at that point having led at half time, but his try gave Newcastle all the momentum, as they narrowly lost 32-31. Take a look at the try:
Mateo Carreras is at it again!
Enjoy this one! pic.twitter.com/fTnUz2mWZY
— Newcastle Falcons (@FalconsRugby) October 15, 2022
Having led 14-13 at the break, Newcastle head coach Dave Walder rued his side’s performance early in the second half, which ultimately cost them the match.
“I feel a slight frustration both with the inconsistency in the way we played and in terms of the way things were happening on the pitch,” he said.
“The breakdown was a bit of a 50/50 call and I felt a couple of things could have gone our way that didn’t at key moments.
“My frustrations were because we were disappointing for the first 15 or 20 minutes and at the start of the second half, but we got ourselves back in the game.
“We got a couple of points from the game, but it was hugely frustrating there at the end.
“I’m not sure where Seb (de Chaves) could go for his yellow but ultimately he’s got out of the way because that’s the law.
“Then, Ben Stevenson, it was a late change of direction because their back (Rory Hutchinson) put in a quick step.
“The disappointing thing was what happened at the start of the second half because we got our lineout launch wrong, kicked it out on the full and then got a yellow card.”