Ford wary of Goode threat
Newcastle defence coach Mike Ford has warned the Falcons discipline will be key as they look to boost their fading Aviva Premiership survival hopes against Worcester on Friday night.
A 9-9 draw with leaders Harlequins last time out has left the north-east club eight points adrift of safety with just five games remaining. Wasps are the side the Falcons are looking to overhaul, and victory at Sixways would move them to within at least four points of the Londoners ahead of their rivals' clash with high-flying Northampton.
And with former England fly-half Andy Goode wearing the Warriors' number 10 shirt, Ford has told his charges any ill-discipline will be punished, saying: "We cannot afford to give any stupid penalties away as we all know what Andy Goode can do with the boot."
He added: "He can kick well from 40 to 50 metres and those points are freebies for Worcester. We have to make sure that they are the ones giving away the silly penalties.
"It is going to be a tight game on Friday and I think every game we play between now and the end of the season is going to be tight.
"The way we played against Quins was encouraging and against Worcester we need to be more desperate than them.
"We are full of confidence, but we are under no illusions about the task ahead. The game is going to be won in the last 10 minutes of the game. There is only going to be a score in it and we have to make sure that we are the right side of that scoreline."
Friday's other fixture sees Charlie Hodgson face former club Sale as second-placed Saracens look to keep pace with leaders Harlequins, who host Bath on Saturday.
Play-off hopefuls Gloucester and Exeter clash at Kingsholm on Saturday while Northampton face Wasps.
Sunday's sole contest sees LV=Cup winners Leicester travel to face London Irish.