NIC Rouse insists Nottingham will not have their heads
stuck in seventh heaven as the Green and Whites prepare to meet
Newcastle for the first time in sixteen years.
The East Midlands club travels to
Kingston Park on Friday (7.45pm kick-off) for the top of the table
clash full of confidence having thrashed Bristol 63-7 five days
Rouse (pictured) said the thrill of the remarkable victory will
not distract Nottingham from the biggest test of their season to
"We have to keep our feet on the ground," Rouse said.
"What we've done is gone back and analysed that performance and
got straight back to working hard.
"It's a difficult away trip next and we need to keep focused,
keep playing the way we play and do what we've been doing.
"There is no getting ahead of yourselves in a league like this
with opposition like the Falcons waiting for you at their
The lock said roaring to second place on the RFU Championship
ladder has been six months in the making, starting with the first
day of pre-season fitness training.
One win, no matter how big, after eight leagues is not being
celebrated as a crowning achievement.
What it does do, however, is galvanise the outfit ahead of their
meeting with the star-studded former Premiership side.
"We have nothing to fear," Rouse said.
"For months now we have been working hard to get to where we are
and this is a tight unit that will stand up when the chips are
Nottingham last travelled to the North-East fortress in the
1996/97 - the year that the Falcons won promotion to the
Premiership and Nottingham were relegated to level three of English
Sixteen years ago a second-half hat-trick from replacement
scrum-half, Steve Bates, helped Newcastle to a 53-17 win at
Kingston Park. Fellow scrum-half Gary Armstrong went one better in
Nottingham's home game, running in four tries in a 74-29 win at
Ireland Avenue, Beeston.