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Well here it is. The last home game of the season, I look forward to welcoming the Warriors fans to Kingston Park, and hopefully can find a couple to chat with during the game this Friday. Funnily enough, the Warriors are now the only Premiership team that I haven't seen play so I am looking forward to a close encounter....
Now all. I hope your tickers are all in fine working order after the drama that was Friday night. Not one for the elderly or those with high blood pressure, but our boys pulled through and kept the chances of a top 7 finish alive in nail biting fashion. A huge challenge this week for our team though as our boys travel down to the fortress that is Welford Road!
Well all I can say is...Finally! Friday night rugby back at Kingston Park, it doesn't get any better. This Friday our lads will take on the Cherry & Whites as Newcastle look to make it back to back wins over Gloucester in the Premiership for the first time since the 2011-2012 season (5 years).
Five thoughts from Harlequins v Newcastle
The scoreline tells a big story. But I tried to make some sense of the game and here's what I came up with while on the Tube:
After a 3 week break from Premiership rugby due to the Anglo-Welsh finals, the falcons will now prepare to face 7th place London side, Harlequins. The South London outfit sits on 42 points, 6 points ahead of ourselves in 8th place, and John Kingston and his team need this win for a lot of reasons that will be discussed below.
Five thoughts from Newcastle v Saracens
Falconsfan07 has written five things we learned yesterday, here are five thoughts I had in the pub last night and along the A66 today.
At sixes and sevens
We are three quarters of the way through the season, the best season that we have had for a very long time, and we can actually dream about finishing in the top half of the table. We really should expect to harvest points from three of our six remaining games, possibly more, so can we really look forward to Heineken Cup, sorry that should be Champions Cup rugby?
Sharks shade tight game
Falcons fans went through the full range of emotions at the AJ Bell Stadium last night, as a topsy-turvy game that could have resulted in five points but in the end yielded only two bonus points as Sale won 26-24.
Newcastle Falcons kissed goodbye to any hopes of glory in the European Challenge Cup on Friday 13th January with defeat away in Grenoble, but perhaps it died on the very first day, way back in October with a 45 – 0 drubbing by Ospreys. We are also out of the Anglo welsh cup and were able to approach the game against Bath with only entertainment and player development in mind. The big question in a season when our Premiership form is looking better than for many years is do we really care?
The state of play – and the outlook
13 might be unlucky for some but, for the Falcons, we have seen by far our 13-game run into a season since promotion.