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Long season ahead for Newcastle

Relegation scrap is all the Geordies can look forward to!

Posted Oct 21, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Jimmy Gopperth

Poor old Newcastle – it’s going to be a long season for them this year! Currently second bottom and with only one win to their name to date, it’s difficult to see how they are going to turn their fortunes around and move up the table.
But, luckily for them, there is one worse team in the division – Leeds Carnegie! If it weren’t for the Leeds side, Newcastle would be rooted to the bottom of the Aviva Premiership and in danger of the drop.
And this is a club that’s produced the likes of Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood!
It’s frightening to see how far Newcastle have fallen in recent years and I can’t see this season getting any better than it currently is. The Geordies are passionate and proud people so expect to see some fight but their lack of quality will be the telling factor.
In Jimmy Gopperth they have someone trying to fill the mighty boots of the two players mentioned above and he is struggling for form, scoring just 45 points in all competitions. Other than him though, Newcastle are finding points extremely difficult to come by and after five Premiership fixtures they have registered just 88. Unfortunately they have shipped a massive 143 and it is this difference and these defensive and offensive problems that will condemn them to a torrid campaign.
So far this season, they have lost heavily at Sale, narrowly at Exeter, they were thrashed at home to London Irish and were battered by Harlequins. Surprisingly they have managed to ease past Wasps for their solitary victory.
Taking all this into consideration, I believe they will stay up this year but a second bottom finish is the best they can hope for.

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