Whitehaven set the standard with their 26-8 win over Doncaster – and have been asked to maintain that over the season.

Coach Gary Charlton said: “We were outstanding in the second half and thoroughly deserved to win the game.

“The staff will be reminding them now how they have to reach that standard for the rest of the season.

“We talked at half-time about doing the little things well, and that’s exactly what we did.

“The message has been for the players to believe in themselves.

“The coaching staff certainly believe in this group of players and they showed why by scoring 26 second-half points, with only a try against.”

Jason Mossop, Jake Moore, Jessie Joe Parker and Dion Aiye scored the tries for Haven, all converted – three by Moore and one by Conor Holliday, who also added a late penalty.

That win put Haven into joint-second in the League One table with six teams all on four points.

Hunslet are the only unbeaten side in the league with three wins from three games and they visit the Recreation Ground on Sunday, April 7.

On Sunday, the west Cumbrians play West Wales Raiders away with an 11.00am kick-off.

It means travelling down on the Saturday and staying overnight ahead of the game.

West Wales were the League One whipping boys last season, failing to win a game and conceding a mountain of points.

However, they have recruited an Australian coach, Kim Williams, and several experienced players, so are expected to do a lot better this time round.

“We won’t be taking anything for granted and we will expect the same standard that the players set against Doncaster,” said Charlton.