14th June 2019, 15:27 | ourleague

Four to Watch

Four to Watch

Lancashire Academy vs Yorkshire Academy | Academy Origin | Mobile Rocket Stadium | 2pm | Our League

This weekend opens up with an Origin decider between Lancashire and Yorkshire Academy sides in Wakefield. 

Yorkshire managed to take the lead in the series over the Easter period at Castleford’s Mend-A-Hose Jungle before Lancashire levelled the series in Blackpool at the Summer Bash. There is a host of future stars set to be on show including Lancashire full-back Umyla Hanley and Yorkshire back-rower Ethan O’Hanlon.

Who wins the Academy Origin series? 

Toronto Wolfpack vs Dewsbury Rams | Betfred Championship | Lamport Stadium | 6pm | Sky Sports Arena 

Toronto’s dominance in the Betfred Championship has now seen them string together ten consecutive league victories with their last three coming on English soil however this weekend they return home to the Lamport Stadium to welcome the visit of Dewsbury.  

While Toronto will go into the game as favourites, the Rams are heading over to Canada on the back a huge 66-10 over Rochdale Hornets last weekend. Half-back Liam Finn hit 500 career points for the Rams while Joe Martin and Frazer Morris grabbed doubles in a resounding victory.  

The Wolfpack haven’t played at home since their 36-16 win over Bradford Bulls six weeks ago and will be looking to return home in style this weekend. Brian McDermott’s men sit six points ahead of their nearest contenders Toulouse and have managed to score 34 or more points in each of their last five outings, including against Olympique at the Summer Bash.

Will Toronto’s winning run continue, or can Dewsbury cause a shock? 

Lancashire Women vs Yorkshire Women | Women’s Super League Origin | Halliwell Jones Stadium | 11:45am | Our League

On Sunday you can get your second fix or Origin action as Lancashire and Yorkshire collide in the Women’s Super League Origin with Yorkshire leading following their previous meeting at Summer Bash.  

Yorkshire edged out Lancashire last month at Bloomfield Road with Sinead Peach, Amy Hardcastle and Rhiannion Marshall crossing for the White Rose. Lancashire opened the scoring through Tara Jones and scored late on via Georgia Wilson, but they couldn’t fight back. 

There will be a host of names from the Women’s Super League in action including reigning Women of Steel Georgia Roche who will start in the halves for Yorkshire, 2021 Rugby League World Cup ambassador Jodie Cunningham who will play at stand-off for Yorkshire and flying Castleford winger Kelsey Gentles who recently scored four in one game in the Women’s Challenge Cup. 

Can Lancashire draw the series, or will Yorkshire take the crown? 

Leigh Centurions vs Bradford Bulls | Betfred Championship | Leigh Sports Village | 3pm | Our League 

This week’s Our League offering in the Betfred Championship sees two teams who have built quite the rivalry in recent seasons go head-to-head as Leigh Centurions host Bradford Bulls. 

Leigh and Bradford had some hard-hitting affairs in the Championship in 2015 and 2016 before the Centurions were promoted and the Bulls were relegated. However, they are now both pushing for a Championship play-off spot in 2019 with this weekend’s game potentially being crucial in their respective seasons. Bradford did win their previous meeting this season 26-12 at Odsal.

The Centurions have won five of their last six outings in the Championship and have climbed to 4th while John Kear’s side returned to winning ways last weekend with a 16-0 victory over Batley at Odsal after a three-game losing run. The Bulls now sit 7th and are one of five sides with just two points separating them; Leigh are also in this cluster.

Who will claim a vital two points in the push for a play-off place?