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Gopperth seeks safety

Jimmy Gopperth has urged Newcastle to seize the moment and move within touching distance of Aviva Premiership safety on Saturday.

The Falcons are level on points with bottom club Leeds Carnegie ahead of a rearranged game against Kingston Park visitors Bath. And victory for Newcastle would help them move away from the Yorkshire club, whose final game is away to Heineken Cup semi-finalists Northampton on Saturday week, when Gopperth and company visit Bath for a quickfire return fixture.

But Bath will head north knowing that victory - preferably of the bonus-point variety - would keep alive their slim title play-off chances, and Falcons fly-half Gopperth said: "Our performances have been good to date and we must ensure we get the win on Saturday."

He added: "We are really looking forward to finishing the season on a high, and I feel that next season we can really progress as a side."

Leeds were crushed 38-3 at home by Harlequins last weekend, a result that virtually sealed their fate.

But Gopperth added: "I suppose we are grateful that Quins have done a job against Leeds, but we still have to look at ourselves.

"We have got a job to do on Saturday, and once we have finished that job, we can move on.

"We can put things to bed this weekend, and we have to make sure we go out there and perform because rugby is a funny old game. You cannot expect that Leeds are going to go down to Franklin's Gardens (on May 7) and not get a result.

"You just never know these days. We just have to make sure we get things right this weekend."


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