Newcastle coach Paul Moriarty says that he is impressed with Exeter this season. An opening day win at home to Gloucester preceded an unlucky defeat at Leicester and Moriarty is impressed by their adjustment to the top flight.

“They’ve got enthusiasm and a fresh approach,” Moriarty told BBC Newcastle. They’ve made the rest of the division sit up and say this team has got something about it.”

Falcons travel to Sandy Park on Saturday for the first of five encounters between the two clubs in all competitions this season. Meanwhile Moriarty was keen to address the Falcons’ return to form in last Friday’s convincing 29-17 win against London Wasps at Kingston Park.