Live Championship semi-finals on at Clifton Lane
As the Home of Rugby in Rotherham, the club will be broadcasting live in the clubhouse both legs of the Newcastle Falcons vs Leeds Carnegie semi final contest.
Despite their unbeaten record coming to an end at the hands of Bristol Rugby last Saturday, Newcastle Falcons’ position in the semi-finals was guaranteed some weeks ago, with the former Premiership club securing a top of the table finish in the Championship.
The men from the North East will meet Leeds, also a former Premiership club, in the semi-finals following their 30-26 victory over Nottingham Rugby, who also progress to the knock out stages.
Leeds needed a win to finish in the top four, or else rely on Bristol falling to Newcastle at Kingston Park. With the West Country side knocking the Falcons from their winning perch, pressure fell to Leeds to pick up the four points needed to finish 4th. Tries from Fred Burdon, James Currie and 15 points from the boot of Joe Ford saw Leeds take the victory at Headingley, despite a second half comeback that saw the Green & Whites cross the whitewash three times.
Elsewhere, Bedford Blues cemented their place in the knock-out stages of the competition with a 41-29 win over Moseley. The bonus point win ensured the Blues finished the league stage in 3rd position, with closest rivals Nottingham Rugby lined up for the two leg semi-final clash.
2012-13 RFU Championship semi-finals
Bedford Blues vs Nottingham Rugby, Saturday May 4, KO 3pm
Leeds Carnegie vs Newcastle Falcons, Monday May 6, KO 3.15pm, Live on Sky Sports HD
Nottingham Rugby vs Bedford Blues, Friday May 10, KO 745pm
Newcastle Falcons vs Leeds Carnegie, Sunday May 12, KO 1.15pm, Live on Sky Sports HD
2012-13 RFU Championship Final
Thursday May 23, KO TBC
Wednesday May 29, KO TBC