4th October 2019, 16:05 | ourleague

Five to Watch

Five to Watch

Action-packed schedule on Our League & Sky Sports

Featherstone Lions v Stanningley | NCL First Division Play-Off Final | Saturday 5 October | 12:30pm | Our League 

The National Conference League double-header gets underway at 12:30pm with an all-Yorkshire affair between Featherstone Lions and Stanningley. 

The Lions finished the regular season in 3rd place, only missing out on 2nd place via points difference. Featherstone earned a comfortable 30-2 victory over Wigan St Patricks – their fifth consecutive victory - to book their place in the Play-Off final. 

As for Stanningley, they finished the regular season in 5th but an impressive away victory against local rivals Milford sealed their Play-Off Final berth. Stanningley failed to win any of their last four regular season outings but did earn a narrow 18-22 victory over the Lions at the start of August. 

Who earns promotion? 

Thatto Heath Crusaders v West Hull | NCL Premier Division Grand Final | Saturday 5 October | 2:30pm | Our League

Two of this season’s surprise packages in the Coral Challenge Cup – Thatto Heath Crusaders and West Hull – will battle it out to be named National Conference Premier Division champions. 

The Crusaders had a remarkable cup run in 2019 which saw them overcome Betfred League 1 side North Wales Crusaders before running Betfred Championship side Dewsbury Rams close. Thatto Heath knocked off League Leaders Wath Brow 12-18 last week after defeating Siddal in Week One of the Play-Offs. 

West Hull also fell to Dewsbury Rams in this year’s Coral Challenge Cup but will be looking to claim Grand Final glory this weekend. West Hull also managed to beat League Leaders Wath Brow in the Play-Offs to confirm their place in Saturday’s Grand Final. West Hull have won both their previous meetings with Thatto Heath this season. 

Who will be crowned champions?

Toronto Wolfpack v Featherstone Rovers | Betfred Million Pound Game | Saturday 5 October | 7:30pm | Sky Sports 

A place in the Betfred Super League is on the line as Toronto Wolfpack and Featherstone Rovers go head-to-head in the 5th Million Pound Game. 

The Wolfpack fell at the last hurdle in 2018 with a narrow defeat to London Broncos at Lamport Stadium and will be looking to go one better this weekend. Toronto come into the game as League Leaders on the back of 22-game winning streak including an impressive display against Toulouse Olympique a fortnight ago. 

Ryan Carr’s Featherstone Rovers are on the brink of a perfect Play-Off campaign after beating Leigh Centurions, York City Knights and Toulouse Olympique all on the road in recent weeks. The Rovers became the first-ever team to beat Toronto in Canada in 2018 and ran them close again earlier this season. 

Who wins the Million Pound Game? 

St Helens v Leeds Rhinos | Betfred Women’s Super League Semi-Final | Sunday 6 October | 1pm | Our League & Twitch 

The Betfred Women’s Super League has reached the business end of the season with four teams vying it out for a place in the 2019 Grand Final.

St Helens finished the regular season in 2nd place and come into this weekend’s semi-final after ending Castleford Tigers’ unbeaten league run last week. Saints are unbeaten in each of their last ten league outings but did suffer defeat to the Rhinos in the semi-finals of the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup. 

Leeds Rhinos went on to win the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup and will be looking to claim a double in 2019. The Rhinos competed in last year’s Grand Final but fell short against eventual winners Wigan Warriors. Adam Cuthbertson’s side are unbeaten in each of their last four league outings. 

In-play clips of the other semi-final between Castleford Tigers and Wigan Warriors will be shown throughout the Our League coverage of St Helens v Leeds Rhinos.

Who makes the Betfred Women’s Grand Final?

Oldham RLFC v Newcastle Thunder | Betfred League 1 Play-Off Final | Sunday 6 October | 3pm | Our League & Twitch

The final game of the weekend is the Betfred League 1 Play-Off final between Oldham and Newcastle Thunder with both sides looking to earn a place in the Betfred Championship for the 2020 season.

Oldham finished 2nd in Betfred League 1 narrowly missing out on the title behind Whitehaven but a comfortable win over Doncaster two weeks ago confirmed their place in the Betfred League 1 Play-Off Final. Scott Naylor’s side have won each of their last seven outings including a victory over Newcastle during this run. 

Newcastle head into this weekend’s game knowing they will need to inflict Oldham’s first home defeat since April if they are to gain promotion on Sunday afternoon. Thunder lost in the opening week of the Play-Offs but back-to-back victories mean they’ll head to the Vestacare Stadium full of confidence. 

Who gets promoted?


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