What an incredible week of Rugby League we’ve had – with some absolutely huge results flooding through over the last four days. The Super League and Championships tables have all been shaken up thanks to the weekend’s action – with some big movers and shakers.
There were impressive performances across the board, and we had plenty of nominations for this week’s Fab Five. We’ve been asking you who the five sides are that caught the eye above the rest – with lots of candidates being suggested to us. Ultimately though, we can only squeeze five in – so here are the lucky five teams this week!
Realistically, where else could we have started? London got more votes for inclusion on this week’s Fab Five than any other team – and with good reason, too. They finally picked up their first win of 2014 on Sunday, and they did in style – knocking off next Saturday’s Challenge Cup finalists Leeds in a high-scoring win. The 40-36 win ensures London won’t drop out of Super League without registering a win in 2014 – and the returning Kieran Dixon managed to get himself a try, too.
Phil Veivers has overseen an incredible turnaround up in Cumbria, and amazingly, Workington Town managed to secure their Championship status for another year with another victory today. The win over Barrow isn’t their most notable of this incredible run they’ve been on – but it certainly has to rank as the most important, as it confirmed Veivers’ miracle job at Town is complete.
Like London, Bradford Bulls are also heading out of Super League in a few weeks time – but they’re certainly going out with a bang. Not content with wins against Wigan and Leeds in recent weeks, they backed it up on Sunday with a great win against play-off chasing Hull FC. With a core of their squad signed up for next year (including a new signing which will be announced on TotalRL.com tomorrow at 7am), things are looking rosy for the Bulls.
After surrendering second spot in the Championship last weekend, Featherstone ensured it was only a temporary slip to third in the table – as they picked up a huge win at Halifax in the “£250,000 game”. Leading 20-0 at half-time, the Rovers had too many points in the bank for Halifax to manage a great comeback, holding on to win 20-4. After a difficult few months, could the tide be turning for Fev at just the right time?
What a weekend to be a Dewsbury fan! Glenn Morrison’s men are enjoying an incredible 2014, and they picked up a massive derby win against Batley Bulldogs to further strengthen their play-off credentials. Sitting prettily in fifth place on the Championship ladder, relegation is now impossible for the Rams – and they snatched the win in the Heavy Woollen derby in incredible fashion. Shane Grady’s 77th minute try was enough for them to sneak away from Batley with a priceless win – a victory that puts Batley further in the relegation mire. Could Dewsbury be the dark horses in the play-offs?