Support the Falcons’ Champions Cup charge

Tuesday 25 April 2017 Written by: Adam

The 8pm kick-off is the penultimate match of the Aviva Premiership regular season and the club’s final confirmed home game, but there could still be further action at Kingston Park as the shakedown for a Champions Cup spot enters the play-off phase.

The Falcons are still in with a mathematical chance of automatic qualification for next season’s Champions Cup, which can only be achieved by finishing sixth in the Premiership standings.


To stand any chance of automatic qualification the Falcons need to beat Worcester on Friday and follow it up by winning at Bristol on May 6, then relying on results elsewhere to go their way.

Newcastle could also squeeze into the Champions Cup via the play-offs if they finish seventh in the Premiership table, hoping that Gloucester do not then finish below them and win the European Challenge Cup final.

Should the Falcons finish seventh and Gloucester do not finish below them and win the Challenge Cup, Newcastle would then become the Premiership’s representative in the play-offs for the last Champions Cup place.

That would mean a home game against the ninth-placed team in the Pro 12 on the weekend of May 19/20/21, the winner going through to the play-off final.

That would be at home on the weekend of May 26/27/28 against the winner of the other semi-final, which is contested between the seventh-placed team in the French Top 14 and the eighth-placed team in the Pro 12.

The permutations may be complicated, but what is clear is that victory on Friday against Worcester Warriors is key.

You can play your part by booking your ticket and cheering on the team, with bookings taken by phone on 0871 226 6060, online by [**clicking here**][2] or in person from Kingston Park Stadium.