Sunday September 1
Barrow Raiders v Keighley Cougars (3.00pm)
Barrow Riders pair Dan Toal and Mike Whitehead are both on red alert as possible replacements for captain Liam Harrison.
The Raiders captain is battling to overcome a calf injury, with Toal and Whitehead two of the leading contenders to take his place for Sunday’s relegation battle with Keighley Cougars.
Barrow are currently 13th, level on points with Hunslet Hawks and just two points behind 10thplaced Keighley.
Raiders, Keighley, Hunslet or Swinton could be relegated along to Kingstone Press Championship One.
Cougars coach Paul March will check on Olly Pursglove (nose), but otherwise has no new injury concerns.
March said: “We’ll go to Barrow and know that it’s all in our hands. We’ll prepare well, work hard and hopefully give the travelling fans something to shout about.
“When pressure comes you’ve just got to stay calm and do your job. We’re looking forward to it.”
Doncaster v Sheffield Eagles (3.00pm)
Doncaster coach Tony Miller is aiming for a second win in four days ahead of the start of the Kingstone Press Championship play-offs.
Miller’s side beat York City Knights 38-20 on Wednesday to confirm their place in the top eight.
And Miller will check his squad’s fitness over the next 48 hours ahead of a mouthwatering South Yorkshire derby.
Sheffield Eagles will be determined to maintain the pressure on Featherstone Rovers by securing three points at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Sheffield’s 40-24 midweek defeat against Rovers means they no longer top the table.
But Eagles coach Mark Aston has still targeting Grand Final glory. He said: “After Doncaster we’ll focus in on the play-offs. We like to be on the big stage.
“The Grand Final experience last year was sensational and the boys have set themselves the challenge of doing it again.”
Halifax v Workington Town (3.00pm)
Halifax coach Karl Harrison will check on Adam Robinson (calf) before finalising his squad for the last regular game of the Kingstone Press Championship campaign.
Halifax are guaranteed a top four finish, and victory on Sunday would ensure they finish in the top three following last week’s 34-4 win at Keighley.
Harrison said: “We were exceptional in the first half against Keighley. Defensively we were very, very strong and we were fluent with the ball.
“We work extremely hard defensively. To win the Grand Final or go a long way in the play-offs you need to be strong defensively.
“If we go from now until the end of the season conceding one try a game, we’ve a good chance of winning it.”
Workington coach Gary Charlton will check on a number of players after a gruelling schedule that saw Town play seven games in 25 days.
Hunslet Hawks v Featherstone Rovers (3.00pm)
Luke Haigh (shoulder) is Hunslet Hawks’ only injury concern as they prepare for a nervous last day of the Kingstone Press Championship season.
Hawks coach Barry Eaton said: “It’s going to be a tense day all round, both for clubs that are up at the top of the table, and the five that are down at the bottom.
“We’re just going to go out there and give it our all.
“There are loads of different permutations, but if we win then we’re guaranteed to stay up. That’s how we’ve got to approach the game. We’re just going to totally concentrate on ourselves.”
Eaton is hopeful Haigh will be passed fit, while buoyant Featherstone Rovers will be determined to hang on to top spot after Will Sharp’s last-minute try on Wednesday moved them above Sheffield Eagles.
Rovers won 40-24 against Mark Aston’s side and victory on Sunday would ensure they claim the League Leaders’ Shield ahead of the start of the play-offs.
Kyle Briggs and Sam Smeaton are both out for the rest of Rovers’ campaign, while Ben Kaye (hand) is also expected to miss Sunday’s match.
Leigh Centurions v Dewsbury Rams (3.00pm)
Tom Spencer is unavailable for Leigh, but Centurions coach Paul Rowley has no further injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship clash with Dewsbury Rams.
Rowley said: “Our aim is to get a result and finish fourth. I don’t care how we get there, but we are fully focused on finishing fourth.
“Last week against Batley we worked hard and were very brave, but I don’t think we were particularly good. We executed poorly and we need to improve against Dewsbury.”
Josh Tonks (calf) is missing for Dewsbury as Rams coach Glenn Morrison faces an injury headache. Morrison said: “We’ve got other boys busted as well. We’re not sure what our squad is going to be just yet.”
Morrison added: “Our win against Doncaster was massive, but we don’t want to think that was our biggest game of the year and then forget about it.
“We want to keep that momentum going into the play-offs.”
Whitehaven v Swinton Lions (3.00pm)
Whitehaven coach Dave Woods has challenged his squad to finish the year on a high – as a thank you to the club’s loyal supporters.
Woods’ men are now almost certain to miss the play-offs after a recent collapse in form.
But the Australian coach is determined to go out on a high. He said: “It’s very important we finish the year on a win.
“This week is about doing it for the fans and saying thanks for their support over the year.”
He added: “We’ve blown it ourselves, but for us to finish ninth is a great season. For us to make semi-finals would have been an absolutely outstanding.
“When you look at the bigger picture, see it’s our first year back up and see the salary cap we’re using compared to others, it’s been a good year for us.”
Woods is reporting a fully fit squad, while Ritchie Hawkyard returns for the Lions as they battle against the drop.
Swinton coach Gary Chambers must secure a win against his hometown team in order to guarantee the Lions’ place in the Kingstone Press Championship next season.
Chambers said: “I’m passionate about where I’m from and I’m proud of where I’m from, but for this 80 minutes we’ve got to try to turn them over.
“They’re well coached, they’ve got good players, and they could turn their form around at any time.”
York City Knights v Batley Bulldogs (3.00pm)
Relegated York City Knights will aim to bow out of the Kingstone Press Championship with a final victory when they host Batley Bulldogs on Sunday.
The Knights’ midweek defeat to Doncaster ensured they will drop a division at the end of the season.
Coach Gary Thornton said: “We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We are where we are.
“We’ve been competitive a lot of time, but we haven’t been able to turn narrow defeats into wins.”
Johnny Campbell and Byron Smith both look set to be available for Batley after overcoming recent injury concerns.
But coach John Kear insists he will not play anybody who is not 100 per cent fit.
Kear said: “If there are any doubts, we won’t risk them – we’ve got the play-offs coming up and we want to be right for those.”
He added: “We played really well against Leigh last week, and it’s now a matter of backing that up.
“We’ve won three of our last four, so we’re certainly not stuttering. We’re in good form.
“While July was a poor month for us, August was a very good month for us.”
On York, he added: “They played on Wednesday so it’s difficult to say how they’ll rock up, but all we can do is prepare the best we can and be ready to play come Sunday.”