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The Last Two


By Monkey1
April 25 2016

  There has been a lot of discussion around the last two games of the season. We are still not mathematically safe, and what if London Irish do this, or Wasps do that! Harlequins could field a team of ground staff & juniors in some conspiracy against Newcastle Falcons. The reality is that our fate is in our own hands, and we shouldn’t be concerned about what other teams get up to.  

We have two games left during which to earn a little respect from the season. The first is against Sarries, and even the most drug fuelled optimist has to admit that it will be a miracle if we get anything from that game. Even if Sarries field their second string third choice B team, it will still be packed with more internationals than you can shake a stick at. Rumours about salary cap dodges and the total lack of honesty & transparency that goes with the whole sordid affair only add to the suspicions about how the former mediocre club from the frozen wastes of Vicarage Road can now top the Premiership with a quality of squad that only money can buy.

 

On the other hand, the Falcons do have a weird ability to pull a rabbit out of the hat against top teams then be absolutely awful against a dire team. The chances of it happening are remote to say the least, but if we do gain safety by taking points against Sarries I will probably get very, very drunk on champagne, even though I don’t particularly like the stuff.

 

Our salvation surely lies in the last game of the season, and it is at Kingston Park against our nearest Premiership neighbours Sale. Games against Sale Sharks at Kingston Park have a habit of being particularly enjoyable even when we lose, as there is usually some good rugby played. Sale have a solid record at home this season, unbeaten & only two teams have managed a draw, one of those being the mighty Saracens, and the other of course was our beloved Newcastle Falcons. Their away form however has been not so good, only beating Tiggers during their 6N sulk, and London Irish.

 

There really is no excuse for allowing Sale to beat us at Kingston Park. We have shown that on a good day we can mix it with the top teams, we have home advantage, and the support from the increasingly vocal home crowd has been getting better week by week. That combination against Sale who have proved to be fragile away from home this season must surely be enough to put the win in the bag, and nail Premiership rugby properly for next season.

 

As for London Irish, I think we should genuinely wish them the best of luck in their remaining games. Like us they have had a torrid season through injuries, and like us they are what I consider to be an honest & genuine club, playing by the rules, and not benefitting from some credit card spending binge, seeking pleasure for today without a care for tomorrow. I think the Premiership needs clubs like ours & London Irish. It will be a shame if the top flight loses such a club to be replaced by yet another with more money than sense guiding its fortunes.

 

So my ideal end to the season will be two wins each for ourselves & our friends down in Reading, and both of us to meet again in the Premiership next season. I certainly don’t want us to earn our safety by wishing ill-will on London Irish. So please raise your glasses folks & join with me in the chant.

 

Come on Falcons.

Come on Irish.

Come on Bedford.

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The Last Two
FalconsRugby.org.uk (IP Logged)
25/04/2016 21:19
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falconsfan07 (IP Logged)
25/04/2016 21:57
Awesome write up lad, I can see irish beating quins like, but wasps at the ricoh, nah, wasps are desperate for a home semi and will see this game as an oppertunity to secure it!

Anyway looking at newcastle, I don't see us getting anything vs sarries, just would like to see newcastle to go out and literally throw the kitchen sink at sarries, ATTACK ATTACK none of this kick and defend for 40 milakie... play in the right areas of the field tho

and then hopefully beat sale in the last game who have still got that sixth place to play for, but hoping for a big W, i remember the last prem game here... JP SOCINO was breaking tackles for days, atmosphere is always good vs sale as well!

COYF

 
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alas (IP Logged)
25/04/2016 22:12
If Wasps beat Exeter this week they can sew up second place and rest plenty of players. Even so, they should still have enough to beat LI. I also think Quins will beat LI as they have the top 6 to play for and Evans if fit again. Unfortunately, that pillock Marler will be suspended, but they are still a better team than the Irish.

 
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exhooker (IP Logged)
26/04/2016 07:45
If we play properly against Sarries we could well lose and get a try bonus. That would be fun.

 
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steve1888 (IP Logged)
26/04/2016 12:25
Indeed the play off sides will rest their players last game of the season if they place is assured , Quins sent a weak side to us last game of last season and we ran riot.

Chances are minimal of anything other than Irish finishing bottom but I'll relax when it's all said and done.

That said would we prefer the Sale game to be a must win for the excitement factor?

 
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Cantabrian (IP Logged)
26/04/2016 13:32
Thanks for the offer Steve, but I'd much prefer the Sale game to kick off with us safe, unexciting as it might be.

 
Re: The Last Two
26/04/2016 16:59
Think you have a better than average chance against Saracens this week, recovery from the Euro semi, a potentially banned Farrell, and testing ahead of the Euro final will mean a non-first choice team.

Weather could also be daft, it's snowing right now as I sit in Watford.

The main thing will be to come with a positive attitude, if you come just to keep the score down then I'd expect Saracens to win a tight one. Come with positive play and we can look fallible (as Mr Wade showed twice at the weekend)

 
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Falconfan (IP Logged)
26/04/2016 18:12
Despite all these thoughts, I think if Irish lose this weekend, we must be safe. If I was a betting man I would certainly bet that Falcons will avoid the drop! Let's go for two wins!!

 
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Monkey1 (IP Logged)
26/04/2016 19:36
Quote:
Superman wears Schalk Brits pyjamas

That is the best nickname I have seen in years.
(Sm22)

 
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Leipziger (IP Logged)
26/04/2016 21:01
Cheers Monkey, agree that we should be looking to beat Sale.

I can't agree with wanting Bedford to win the playoffs though, I am a big believer in promotion and relegation and as such I'd like a team that can come up to win the playoffs. Having been to Goldington Road I see no reason why Bedford shouldn't be allowed to come up, but of course the cartel have other ideas.

 
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AFalcon24 (IP Logged)
27/04/2016 09:12
I do think we will stay up this season, I can't see Irish getting much out of there remaining games. smiling smiley

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