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Wasps gear up for relegation decider
Wasps boss Dai Young knows Saturday's Aviva Premiership showdown with fellow strugglers Newcastle is all about winning.
Young's team are four points above the bottom-placed Falcons going into the regular season finale at Adams Park. A bonus point victory - and denying opponents Wasps a losing one in the process - would preserve Newcastle's top-flight status and leave their opponents sweating on relegation as they wait to discover whether or not this season's eventual Championship winners meet Premiership entry criteria.
Young said: "The focus is simply on winning the game, and if we do that then everything else will take care of itself. I have no doubt Newcastle will come here full of belief they can do the job they need to, so it is up to us to make sure we are in control."
Newcastle captain James Hudson, meanwhile, is delighted the Falcons will be in control of their own destiny.
Newcastle have enjoyed a revival under interim rugby director Gary Gold - he passes the baton to Dean Richards for next season - collecting 11 points from their last five league fixtures, including a win at Gloucester.
"For the first time in the last three or four months our destiny is in our own hands, and that is a huge thing for us as a team," Hudson said, "We have been putting in consistent performances in recent weeks and we have been getting the results during this run-in.
"We are now in a position where we are not waiting on other results and we know exactly what we have to do. It is all down to this one game."
While Wasps and Newcastle scramble around at the Premiership basement, title play-off positions will be confirmed today.
Long-time leaders Harlequins are Sale's opponents as the Sharks say farewell to Edgeley Park, while victory for Leicester against Welford Road visitors Bath would confirm a home play-off for Tigers, and Quins will do likewise if they beat Sale.
Third-placed Saracens are also through, and Northampton need victory over Franklin's Gardens visitors Worcester to guarantee they progress in fourth.