LONDON SOUTH EAST RUGBY LEAGUE

18th July 2019, 15:11 | league_1

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Newcastle Thunder welcome London Skolars in their push for promotion

Just one of the current top four in Betfred League One will be in action this weekend with 3rdplaced Newcastle Thunder welcoming the visit of London Skolars.

The Thunder have found form in recent weeks having lost just one of their last nine games, winning seven of these and each of their last five. This formidable run has seen them climb from mid-table into automatic promotion contention. In recent weeks they have knocked off fellow promotion hopefuls Whitehaven, Doncaster and Hunslet. 

London started the season well and have sat inside the top three for the majority of the year however a recent slump in form has seen them slide to 6th. The Skolars have now lost four consecutive games and will need to return to winning ways if they are to move back into the top five. Newcastle did hammer the Skolars 12-48 in Round Three. 

Doncaster have also been one of the form teams in League One despite losing to current table-toppers Whitehaven last weekend. The Dons have won five of their last seven league fixtures helping them jump into the final play-off spot. Rangi Chase made his long-awaited debut for Doncaster last weekend crossing for a try and will be looking to inspire the side to victory this weekend.  

Their opposition North Wales Crusaders fell to a 46-30 loss against Oldham which ended their three-game winning run; their best run of the season so far. The Crusaders still have an outside chance at claiming a play-off place but will need to put together an impressive run of form beginning with a win over Doncaster.  

Workington Town earned a crucial 32-22 win over London last weekend which kept them in touching distance of the play-off places. This victory brought to an end a three-game losing run for the Cumbrian side who will now be looking to earn consecutive victories for the first time in a month. Their opponents Keighley Cougars also returned to winning ways with their win over West Wales and have seen an improvement since Rhys Lovegrove was named as Head Coach. 

West Wales Raiders are still looking for their first victory of the season and will be aiming to get off the mark against Coventry Bears who now look to be too far adrift to make a late surge for the League One play-off places. Coventry recently earned a shock victory in the Capital but did fall to defeat last time out at home to Hunslet. The sides met on the opening weekend of the season with the Bears coming away 28-4 victors.   

Saturday July 20

Newcastle Thunder v London Skolars (15:00)

West Wales Raiders v Coventry Bears (15:00)

Sunday July 21

North Wales Crusaders v Doncaster RLFC (14:30)

Workington Town v Keighley Cougars (15:00)