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Gopperth 'keeps believing'

Newcastle points machine Jimmy Gopperth has urged the relegation-threatened Falcons to "keep believing" in their quest for Aviva Premiership survival.

Gopperth and company will end 2011 propping up the league table whatever happens against Northampton at Kingston Park on Saturday. They are six points adrift of 11th-placed Worcester and a further two behind Bath in 10th, with the Premiership season at its halfway point.

"We can't worry about what is going on around us. We must concentrate on ourselves," said fly-half Gopperth, who has scored two thirds of Newcastle's Premiership points this term. "We have to believe that we can pull off the wins, and we have certainly got the team to do it. Hopefully, we can stay injury-free. The main thing is to keep believing and those wins will come."

Falcons head coach Alan Tait has seen his side collect all 11 of their league points this season at home, with victories over Wasps and Gloucester sandwiching a draw against Worcester.

"It has been a real battle to get anything on the road so we have got to make Kingston Park a fortress," Tait said.

"We have got to turn things around against one of the best sides in the country, but the boys know they have got what it takes.

"We will certainly have our work cut out, but it is at Kingston Park and we do play well there."


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