What a feeling: Glenn Riley celebrates his try with his Whitehaven team-mates
Whitehaven produced their most complete performance of the season to clinch second place in League One.
A 32-6 home win against Barrow ensured Haven of finishing above Barrow in the final table, and thereby earning a home game against the south Cumbrians in the Eights.
Player-coach Carl Forster said: “I think that was our first 80-minute performance of the season, and it needed to be to beat a very good Barrow side.
“We have shown glimpses before of what we are capable of but, this time, we kept it up for the whole 80 minutes.
“I’ve felt all week that the players were in the right mood to turn over Barrow. We had to step-up our performance after the game at North Wales and I am pleased to say how well we stuck to the game plan.
“We lost Marc Shackley, who has been one of our stand-out players in recent games, but lads like Glenn Riley, Aiden Worthington and Tommy Holland dug deep and did really well to compensate for Marc’s absence.”
The fixtures in the Eights will be announced on Wednesday morning but Haven will play four games at home and just three away.
It looks as though Haven will host Barrow, York, Newcastle and Keighley, while travelling to Toronto, Doncaster and Workington Town.
Chairman Tommy Todd said: “It’s disappointing that we won’t get the chance of a home game with Town, playing them twice away, but at least we do get Barrow again at home.
“We were delighted with the crowd of 1,552 against Barrow and, in the Eights, we would like to think we could even better that attendance.”
Before clubs get round to the Eights, however, they will have the chance of a break this weekend and will resume on July 29.
“It will be a light, relaxing training session during the week and then we will all get the chance to spend some time with the family over next weekend," said Forster.
“By then, we will know how the fixtures are shaping up and we can prepare for the games ahead which will determine our season."