Yesterday saw the big west Cumbrian derby between Whitehaven and Workington Town.
Local rivalry means this is always a big game but with both clubs fighting the threat of relegation the stakes could hardly have been higher and the stage was set for an epic encounter. For one set of supporters the reality was rather different. Ryan Dollard reports.
Whitehaven have suffered a heavy defeat to Workington Town in today's West Cumbrian Rugby League derby.
Haven were beaten 6-28 in front of more than 1,700 supporters at the Recreation Ground.
The home side looked in danger of ending the game scoreless until a late consolation try gave a hint of respectability to the scoreline.
- Watch all the action from the derby tomorrow on Lookaround at 6pm.
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Both of Cumbria's sides had a tough time in the weekend's Rugby League.
Whitehaven went down to leaders Leigh Centurions, while Workington will feel they should have got more out of their game against Halifax.
Ryan Dollard repors.
In Rugby League Workington Town lost to Sheffield Eagles fourteen points to twelve, despite a strong second half comeback from town.
But Whitehaven managed to chalk up their first win of the Championship season with an eighteen sixteen win over London Broncos. John Paul Brocklebank scoring the crucial try at the recreation ground that lifts Haven off the bottom of the division.
Workington is getting ready for a night of international Rugby league this evening.
After the success of the two World Cup games last year, Derwent Park hosts Scotland versus Wales.
Town's Brett and Callum Phillips are in the Scotland squad and their clubmate Peter Lupton will captain Wales in what promises to be an exciting game out west.
Whitehaven RLFC have appointed former Catalan Dragons boss Steve Deakin as their new coach.
The rugby league coach has been given a two year contract at the club.
Whitehaven have avoided relegation on a tense day of Rugby League.
Haven beat Swinton 44-18 at Leigh Sports Village, but still had to endure a nervous wait to see if results elsewhere would save them.
In the end a late try by Featherstone in their game with Keighley meant that it was the Yorkshire side who drop out of the Championship, with Whitehaven finishing above them by a single point.
Workington Town beat Dewsbury Rams 23-4 to secure a play-off place.
As the football season begins, rugby league's championship is fast approaching the point of no return.
In West Cumbria, that means the season-long survival battle will be won or lost over the next few weeks.
Yesterday, Whitehaven threw themselves a relegation lifeline.
The survival battle is hotting up in the Rugby League Championship, and both West Cumbrian clubs took another step towards safety yesterday, Sunday 13 July.
Workington won at Keighley while Whitehaven claimed victory in a thrilling match against Dewsbury, as Simon O'Rourke reports: