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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Warning to Whitehaven players eyeing third win in row

Whitehaven chief executive Barry Richardson today insisted that his side can register their third Championship victory on the trot – but only if they respect lowly Swinton Lions.

Brett Seymour photo
Brett Seymour

After victories against Doncaster and Batley, on paper, eighth-placed Haven should have little trouble disposing of second-bottom Swinton.

But Richardson warned: “If we don’t go into the game with the right attitude, we will struggle. We mustn’t make that mistake.

“The Championship is as competitive as ever and, as you can see from results every week, any team can beat any other on the day.

“There are no weak teams in this division and, although Swinton are down near the bottom of the table, they have four bonus points to their name and have done very well against teams in the top half of the table.”

Swinton have only won two of their 10 Championship games this season and picked up a bonus point when the lost out 20-12 at Keighley last Sunday.

“I still think there’s more to come from the team,” added Richardson.

“As we’ve shown in the last couple of weeks, the team is starting to gel and a third consecutive win would give us a boost before the trip to Featherstone next weekend.

“Three points is a must tomorrow as we have to move up the table and stay well clear of the bottom five in what is a very important season.”

After mixed form early in the season, Haven’s results have improved. And the addition of former Super League and NRL star, Aussie Brett Seymour, has brought a new dimension to the side.

“You can see Brett’s class and organisational skills and, to be honest, he’s taken pressure off some of the other players,” said Richardson.

“Local youngster Jordan Burns is also playing very well on the wing and the team has improved dramatically of late.

“We missed Paul Jackson and Samir Tarahoui last week and, when they’re fit, there will be a lot of competition for places.”

Youngsters Under-16 will be admitted to tomorrow’s game free of charge.

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