It’s been a pretty dismal year for the Sheffield Eagles, who have struggled to adapt to life as a full-time team.
Nine defeats in 14 matches league matches have left the Eagles eight points adrift of the top four, and even with a victory over London on Saturday, the likelihood of them being in the Qualifiers again is slim.
However, the Eagles’ main concern comes from those below them in the league. They are just two points above Whitehaven, who are in the relegation zone, and defeat could result in Mark Aston’s side being out of the bottom two on points difference by the end of the weekend.
Picking up a win over London, who thrashed Sheffield at the Summer Bash last year, would just keep a cushion between them and the bottom two.
It is perhaps too early to label a game as a relegation four-pointer, but in Workington Town’s case, this is all but that.
Four points from safety, the Championship’s basement side take on Cumbrian rivals Whitehaven on Saturday, who occupy 11th place in the table.
Victory for Workington would cut the deficit between themselves and their rivals to two points, but defeat would open the gap up to six, which is a big points tally to overturn.
Town have improved in recent weeks, losing narrowly to Halifax and Batley while defeating Sheffield, but it’s the result, not the performance that matters this weekend.
The Summer Bash closes with a bang as Fax and Featherstone lock horns in what has the potential to be the game of the weekend.
Jon Sharp’s Rovers currently occupy fourth place in the Championship, two points ahead of Halifax in sixth.
It’s undoubtedly Halifax’s biggest game of the season, as a defeat would open up a sizeable gap between themselves and the top four as they leave Blackpool.
Halifax’s issue has been consistency this season, but their performances against the teams above them in the league have been impressive, with Richard Marshall’s side defeating Featherstone 20-19 earlier in the season. They need to earn another result to keep their hopes of a top four finish alive.