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Sunday 21st February 15:00 GMT


Newcastle Falcons were able to take advantage of playing a Leicester Tigers side, much weakened by 6-Nations international calls last weekend, to record a vital victory, that lifted them away from the foot of the Aviva Premiership table. The Newcastle Falcons now have both the Worcester Warriors and London Irish below them in the ladder, although the advantage they hold over bottom placed Irish, is still only a narrow four points. On Sunday, the Falcons will play host to the Northampton Saints at Kingston Park, looking to extend a decent run of home form, that has seen them beaten just once in their own stadium in the last seven fixtures in all tournaments. A Premiership loss to reigning Champions and table toppers, Saracens, in early December.

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The Saints struggled in the first few months of the season, both in the Aviva Premiership and the Champions Cup, but have lost just one of their last five matches in all tournaments, an 11-24 reverse at Franklin's Gardens in late January. The recent run of victories although not saving the Saints from European elimination, has seen them climb the Premiership table, where they now sit in sixth position, just two points outside the play-off positions. Victory at Kingston park on Sunday, would be a third successive win on the road for the Saints, having previously despatched the Scarlets and Harlequins, the first time that they would have managed such a run since December 2014. The Falcons have to search the record books all the way back to February 2009 to find their last success against the Saints, a 19-13 win at the Gardens. They have to go back even further, to September 2008 to find their last home win against Sunday's opponents.

Posted: 21st September 2014

Newcastle Falcons retained their Aviva Premiership place last season not through their own ability and results but through the inadequacies of Worcester Warriors.

However, the first two rounds of the new Premiership campaign have suggested that the Newcastle Falcons are in for a long hard slog, and that they will be hoping for another Worcester Warriors to emerge this season, to help secure their future for at least one more season.

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Last weekend saw the North East club slip to an 18th successive Premiership defeat at home to London Irish. Only Worcester last year and Rotherham in the early 2000s have had worse sequences.

On Sunday the Falcons will welcome the reigning champions, Northampton Saints to Kingston Park, and is difficult to imagine that the run of defeats won't stretch to 19 matches.

Having started the defence if their titles with a thumping home win against Gloucester, the Saints slipped to a first Premiership defeat since April at Wasps last weekend. They have not lost successive away matches since February 2013, when they were beaten by Glasgow in the European Cup and at Exeter in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

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The Falcons haven't beaten the Saints since February 2009, when they won at Franklin's Gardens 19-13. Since when they have lost eight successive encounters with their East Midlands opponents.

Posted: 23rd February 2014

Newcastle Falcons are probably the only side that rock bottom Worcester Warriors realistically have a chance of catching in the last eight games of the Aviva Premiership season, and thereby, avoiding the dreaded drop into the Championship.

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It is with this in mind, that the Falcons continue to strive desperately for the victory that all but secure their Premiership future for another season at least.

However, that target is proving extremely elusive for the team from the North East. They have now lost eight successive Premiership games, and picked up a mere two losing bonus points during that run.

Though their two most recent home matches at Kingston Park against the Bucharest Wolves in the Amlin Challenge Cup and Newport Gwent Dragons in the Anglo Welsh Cup, have both resulted in victories for the Newcastle Falcons.

Falcon's opponents on Saturday, the Northampton Saints, sit at the top of the table, and have lost just once in the Premiership this season, when they went down to a surprise defeat at Kingsholm in round 3 against Gloucester.

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Although the Saints will be without a number of their regular starting XV, as the result of international calls, they are on a run of eight successive away wins in all competitions, not having tasted defeat on the road, since they lost at French Champions, Castres, in the Heineken Cup back in October.

Tags: Aviva Premiership, Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Saints, Kingston Park
Posted: 21st February 2016

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