Newcastle Falcons prop Golding refutes favourites tag

Jon Golding
Golding has made 20 appearances for the Falcons this season

Newcastle Falcons prop Jonny Golding has refuted suggestions the club are favourites to avoid the drop ahead of the weekend's final Premiership game.

Falcons, who travel to Bath, are a place and a point ahead of bottom side Leeds, whose final game is away at Heineken Cup finalists Northampton.

"A win for them would put them ahead of us, we win and we put it out of the question," Golding told BBC Newcastle.

"We must control our own destiny, go and win and put it to bed there."

Golding added: "We could do with a win as a team. It'd be good for the boys' confidence, it would be a good for those players who are leaving and the fans as well, who have been fantastic in supporting us.

"There's so much to play for, there's no point looking elsewhere, we've got to look within and get a result for the club."

The battle against the drop has been played out between two of the Premiership's northern outposts for the majority of the season.

Both sides have tasted life at the foot of the table during the campaign, and just 80 minutes will decide who potentially faces life in the Championship next term.

"Leeds beat us here, we beat them there, and we should have won the game here," Golding added.

"Leeds are a very tough and dogged team. They've got a great spirit, you can see that throughout the whole camp, but we're very different teams.

"If we win on Saturday, then we deserve to stay up."