The Fab Five: Week ending Sunday August 3
It’s been another outstanding weekend of Rugby League action, with shocks, twists and surprises all across the country to seriously shake up the top three divisions.
In Super League, a win for Widnes means the play-off race is starting to look more and more like a closed shop. And the Championship is hotting up too after some surprise results – with Championship One looking equally as thrilling. But which five teams caught the eye the most this weekend? Here’s this week’s Fab Five, as suggested by you on social media!
And don’t forget that full reports of EVERY game this weekend is in tomorrow’s edition of League Express – which is available online TONIGHT, or in paper format tomorrow, as per usual.
Impossible to leave the Bradford Bulls out of this week’s Fab Five – and you certainly suggested them for inclusion on social media! They may be heading out of Super League at the end of the season, but they’re definitely making a few noises before they go! As if beating Wigan at home wasn’t enough last week, they’ve backed that up this weekend by inflicting a huge defeat on arch rivals Leeds Rhinos. James Lowes seems to have the Bulls on track in preparation for the Championship next year, that is for certain.
The Phil Veivers miracle continues at Workington, after they picked up yet another win to edge closer to Championship survival! Seemingly marooned earlier in the season before Veivers took charge, they are now sit sixth in the division after a huge win over local rivals Whitehaven today. With just four games left in the season, Town now have a six point gap over the relegation zone. Can they do the impossible and survive?
There was talk a few weeks ago of the Challenge Cup semi-finals perhaps having an adverse effect on the Widnes Vikings. However, they look to have shored up a position in the top eight today, and they make our Fab Five after a fantastic victory against play-off rivals Hull KR. With the last four date against Castleford now looming large on the horizon, the Vikings can look at the Super League table with some confidence this evening!
The Eagles – back-to-back winners of the Championship – have been in a relegation scrap over the last few weeks, with Mark Aston’s men hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone in the division. They crucially have a game in hand over the rest of the teams in the scrap, but they gave themselves some huge breathing space today with a massive victory against Doncaster. If they win their spare game against Rochdale, the Eagles should almost be safe.
Widnes’ victory today has near enough ruled out the prospect of Hull FC making a play for the top eight – but they certainly look to be finishing the season in some style. They toppled league leaders St Helens on Friday with a fantastic victory, and with the news that Richard Horne will not play on with the club in 2015, Lee Radford’s side look to be sending Horne out on a high.