5th September 2019, 13:45 | league_1

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Whitehaven looking to seal the title

Whitehaven RLFC have the opportunity to lift the Betfred League 1 title this weekend and seal promotion back to the Betfred Championship should they beat Coventry Bears LIVE on Our League on Saturday afternoon. 

Gary Charlton’s side have won their last two outings in comfortable fashion against Keighley and West Wales, respectively, and will be looking to finish their season off in style. An upset looks unlikely for a Coventry side who have lost each of their last six outings. Whitehaven earned a 32-18 victory over the Bears back in June.

If Whitehaven were to fall at the final hurdle, the door would open up for Oldham who would travel to Hunslet on Sunday afternoon knowing a victory would clinch the title. Oldham have won eight of their last nine League 1 outings with their only defeat coming against league leaders Whitehaven.  

Hunslet head into the final weekend knowing that anything other than defeat would seal 4th place for them, a loss would give Doncaster an opportunity to climb above them. Hunslet had won three consecutive League 1 games before their defeat to Workington last weekend. 

Doncaster will need to beat Workington if they are to move into 4th place but if Town earn a victory they will climb above the Dons. Doncaster have won three of their last four outings including a big 48-12 win over Keighley last time out. As for Workington, they are now unbeaten in each of their last five and could be outsiders in the play-offs.  

Newcastle Thunder will be looking to maintain their 3rd spot by beating Keighley Cougars on the final weekend of the season. Thunder have slipped away from the title race but head to Cougar Park on the back of consecutive victories. Rhys Lovegrove’s Cougars have won just one of their last five fixtures.

North Wales Crusaders will end their season at home to London Skolars looking to bounce back from defeat last weekend. London have now lost each of their last eight outings and will be aiming to finish the season on a high.  

Saturday 7 September  

Coventry Bears v Whitehaven RLFC (2pm)

North Wales Crusaders v London Skolars (2:30pm)

Sunday 8 September

Hunslet RLFC v Oldham RLFC (3pm)

Keighley Cougars v Newcastle Thunder (3pm)

Workington Town v Doncaster RLFC (3pm)