This game may have come at the right time for Swinton Lions. After their first win of the Championship campaign last weekend, the Lions will be looking to make Heywood Road a fortress and another victory will be just what coach John Duffy ordered. Meanwhile, Workington go into the tie after two losses over the Easter period but it should be interesting to see how Jarrod Sammut performs after an impressive start to life in Cumbria.
Last Time Out
Swinton finally got off the mark in the Kingstone Press Championship at the eighth time of asking. A 28-18 win over Oldham Roughyeds will go a long way to helping the confidence of the Swinton players ahead of their next match. The Lions had a 24-0 lead after the first 40 minutes following tries from Rhodri Lloyd, Chris Atkin, Connor Dwyer and Corbyn Kilday. Things improved after the restart, too, with Dwyer doubling his tally for the afternoon as the lead stretched by another four points. However, the visitors did show some fight with 18 straight points coming from tries by Danny Grimshaw, Adam Files and Jon Ford. The damage had already been done though, and Swinton were left to celebrate their first triumph of the year.
Workington put up a great battle against Leigh but were defeated 40-24 at the Zebra Claims Stadium. Town struck the first two tries of the contest through Chris Murphy and Theerapol Ritson but the hosts soon relinquished their early lead after scores from Jake Emmitt and Harrison Hansen. If many thought the floodgates were going to open, they were mistaken. Jarrod Sammut regained Workington’s lead with a converted try and it looked like the Cumbrians were going into half-time with a slender two point advantage. However, a last minute Tom Armstrong try stole the lead away and Town had some making up to do in the second half. Phil Veivers’ men did strike the opening try of the second period courtesy of Murphy as the hosts went two points ahead again. When Reni Maitua and Sam Hopkins both crossed the whitewash within a short while of each other, the floodgates that didn’t open in the first half started to in the second half. Maitua added a second try before prop forward Fuifui Moimoi got in on the act with his own four pointer. The last scoring act of the game went the way of Workington, and Jason Mossop. If Town show as much heart and desire for the rest of the season, they won’t go far wrong.
Neither winger scored for Swinton against Oldham but both players have been ever-presents in the side this season. Shaun Robinson and Macauley Hallett have made their way over the opposition’s whitewash on several occasions in 2016 and the danger they pose will have been noted by Workington ahead of Sunday’s meeting. Theerapol Ritson and Chris Murphy were try-scorers for Town against Leigh on Easter Monday and they’ll be hoping that they can add to their respective tallies when they travel to Heywood Road.
All of the Swinton Lions players stood up for the cause in their last match against fellow strugglers Oldham and they will be expected to do the same once again as they strive for back-to-back victories. Workington, similarly to Swinton, have only won one game this season and that will have disappointed coach Phil Veivers despite his side’s injury worries. With Oldham and Whitehaven both having tough games in round nine, which of these teams will take advantage? – Workington by 14