Match preview: Newcastle Falcons v Saracens

Friday 20th April 2012, 7.45pm

Kingston Park, Newcastle

Aviva Premiership #21

 

 

Well, this is it. The last home game of the season, against the champions. Newcastle Falcons are five games unbeaten at home, and last week won away to Gloucester for the first time in 14 years. We now have two games left to save our Premiership status.

 

A massive game, the champions in town and a huge crowd is promised. Basically, if you aren’t excited about this one then perhaps being a fan of a sports team isn’t for you.

 

A 10,000 crowd is a possibility with tickets reduced to £10, and if it happens this would be our first five-figure crowd for quite a while (Northampton in April 2007 springs to mind).

 

Saracens are going for a second successive title but their hopes have taken a little blow last week as they have dropped to third behind Leicester and leaders Harlequins, who triumphed over the Fez Boyz at Wembley three weeks ago.

 

While we were winning at Gloucester though, Sarries were beating London Irish in Reading.

 

We need the points far more than our visitors though.

 

No big boring preview this week, we just need to know that the Falcons need to throw everything they have at Saracens as a defeat gives Wasps the opportunity to condemn us to bottom spot when they visit Bath on Saturday.

 

A win though, and a defeat for Wasps, brings us either level or at least within a point of the Pests.

 

If you have any voice left after Sale and Gloucester, get it onto to form for tomorrow night! As Fitzy says in The Journal today, we can make a real difference.

 

This is the team we have for tomorrow night, an unchanged starting line-up from Gloucester:

 

15 Greg Goosen, 14 Corne Uys, 13 Jamie Helleur, 12 James Fitzpatrick, 11 Ryan Shortland, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Peter Stringer, 1 Jon Golding, 2 Rob Vickers, 3 Euan Murray, 4 James Hudson, 5 Tim Swinson, 6 Ally Hogg, 7 Will Welch, 8 Adam Balding.

Replacements: 16 Matt Thompson, 17 Grant Shiells, 18 James Hall, 19 James Goode, 20 Taiasina Tu’ifua, 21 Mark Wilson, 22 Chris Pilgrim, 23 Tom Catterick.

 

 

It’s getting close to do or die time. This is it. What an exciting time to be a Falcons fan.

 

Come on!!

 

 

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