Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tickets for Crunch Clash Are Red-Hot

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tickets for Crunch Clash Are Red-Hot

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Byline: Mark Smith

NEWCASTLE Falcons' relegation decider is proving a hot ticket, with their day of destiny at London Wasps heading for a sell-out.

After a season of struggling to get their grounds past half-full, it seems the sporting public cannot get enough of the tension and drama of finding out which of the two teams will drop through the Aviva Premiership trap door.

Less than 700 tickets remain on sale for Saturday''s Adams Park encounter, with the High Wycombe venue set to be bursting at the seams with a capacity crowd of 10,500.

The same stadium has already seen one relegation this week, with Wycombe Wanderers Football Club demoted into League Two after an injury-time goal consigned them to a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Notts County.

But for all the talk of sudden death shoot-outs in rugby''s equivalent, the reality remains that neither side will actually know if they are relegated on Saturday''s final whistle.

The only thing they will know for sure is which of the two has finished the season on the bottom of the Premiership table, and it is then a case of fingers crossed for the Championship play-offs.

Of the four semi-finalists, only Bristol are understood to meet the entry criteria for ascension into the Aviva Premiership.

London Welsh''s bid remains shrouded in uncertainty over a proposed groundshare, while Bedford and Cornish Pirates have not even applied for consideration.

Much attention will therefore be directed towards the Mennaye Field on Monday as Bristol travel to the Pirates in the televised first leg of their semi-final clash. The return leg takes place at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday, May 13, but with the two-legged final not being finished until Wednesday May 30 it could be an agonising month for whoever ends up bottom of the Premiership pile.

Wasps hold the aces going into Saturday''s decider, sitting as they are four points ahead of Newcastle with a points difference of 47 better. …

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