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:
It's been a busy weekend for our region's Rugby League teams, with Workington Town making it three wins in a row by beating Batley at Derwent Park on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Whitehaven beat Barrow in a Cumbrian derby, as Ryan Dollard reports.
An independent review is looking into why few people attend rugby league games in West Cumbria.
They're considering merging Workington and Whitehaven.
Mark Fryer is Vice-chairman of Workington Town:
The Rugby Football League have unveiled plans for a major review of the game in West Cumbria which hasn't ruled out the merger of the two professional clubs Workington Town and Whitehaven.
Following the success of the Rugby World Cup last year that saw more than 14,000 fans attended two matches at Workington's Derwent Park, the RFL has commissioned the report which will be completed later this summer.
The Rugby Football League has decided to review West Cumbria's rugby teams.
During the World Cup games crowds of 14,000 poured to watch the games which has now dropped to crowds of 700 people.
Both rugby teams have said they will work together to face mutual challenges and that the possibility of merging the teams cannot be ruled out until further evidence has been reviewed.
The review aims to create an environment for both rugby teams to flourish.