Championship Shield Round 2 Match Previews

Saturday 15th August

Whitehaven V London Broncos 6.30pm kick off

London make one of the longest trips of the season looking to avenge their defeat to Haven earlier on in the season, Haven will be looking to kick start their shield campaign after defeat at Featherstone last week.

Last time out

Whitehaven travelled to Fev in hopes of lightning striking twice after their last visit ending up in a 29-0 victory and it looked promising taking the lead early on but then 42 unanswered points from Fev meant game over. The visitors rallied back but it was too little too late to make any impact on the game.

London welcome Doncaster to the Hive and put fifty past them in match that looked competitive for the first 20 minutes but the home side’s class soon took over and scoring three tries in the final 15 minutes of the half. London came out and scored points consistently in the second half with only one try from Doncaster that stopped the onslaught.

Prediction – London don’t normally travel too well and have been beaten twice in West Cumbria this season – Haven by 6

Sunday 16th August 

Doncaster v Featherstone Rovers 2pm kick off

Doncaster’s season is all about building for League 1 unless the greatest of all great escapes happen but their relegation is likely to be confirmed in the next two weeks. Fev currently lead the table by a point and will be wanting to stay there going into the play-offs.

Last time out
Donny travelled to London and had another 50 points put on them in which has been one of the worst seasons in recent memory for the South Yorkshire outfit. Their only tries of the afternoon came from Peter Fox and Mike Emmett.

Fev put in a much improved performance against Whitehaven who had nilled them only a fortnight earlier. Gareth Moore returned and put in a typical stand out performance in which he scored two tries and lead from the front.

Prediction – Fev will have far too much class for Doncaster. Fev by 32
Batley Bulldogs V Dewsbury Rams 3pm Kick Off

The heavy woollen derby is always a tightly contested affair with emotions with only 2.4 miles separating the two teams, it’s a true local derby.

Last time out 

Batley travelled to Derwent Park to take on Workington and it was Town who continued their impressive run of form with a 30-12 victory. Tries from Stack, Murphy, Horton, Phillips and Miller. The bulldogs scored either side of half time with tries from Chris Ulugia and Sean Hesketh.

Dewsbury recorded a home victory over Hunslet scoring six tries with Shane Grady scoring two on his return from injury. Morton, Hale, Fieldhouse and Grant also crossed for the home side. The hawks responded with tries from Jack Lee (2) and Danny Maun but it wasn’t enough to stop defeat.

Prediction – The Bulldogs got the better of the rams in their last meeting. Rams have more on the line now – Dewsbury by 14

Hunslet Hawks v Workington Town 3pm Kick off. 

Hunslet are currently on the longest losing run in the country having lost their last 11 games and their last win coming on the Sunday of the Summer bash weekend. The polar opposite for Town who are on a four match winning streak and will be looking to extend it in South Leeds.

Last time Out 

Hunslet travelled to the Tetley’s Stadium in Dewsbury and despite two tries from Jack Lee and one from Danny Maun they couldn’t get out of the winless streak and fell to a 32-20 defeat.

Workington took on Batley and it took  late tries from Callum Phillips and Elliot Miller to seal the victory. Tries from Jarrad Stack, Jack Murphy and Kurt Horton had helped town in to an 18-12 lead.

Prediction – Town seem to be on a wave of great form at the minute and can’t see that changing in South a Leeds – Town by 14





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