He said: “We expected a tough game and to be honest I don’t think the score line reflected their effort, I thought they were pretty good. Lee Greenwood’s obviously doing a good job.
“Newcastle are a good team who have invested substantially in players and on their day they have proved this season that they can beat anybody. I’m sure it will be a keenly contested game and one that we’re looking forward to.”
Scrum-half Jordan Howden is a doubt with a knee injury.
“We were looking at getting a performance to go into the York and Keighley games but we didn’t. But it’s two points, we’ll move on.
“York finished top of the table last year and are a good side. We’ve beaten them twice so we’ll be full of confidence going in there.”