Kingstone Press Championship Preview: Whitehaven v Rochdale Hornets

Tom Carr (knee) is Whitehaven’s major doubt ahead of Sunday’s crucial Kingstone Press Championship clash with Rochdale Hornets.

Two wins for Whitehaven in their final two league fixtures would secure their position in the second tier in 2015.

Coach Dave Woods said: “We’ve just got to concentrate on our own performance. We need to be confident and get three points.”

Hornets, who are one point above Swinton Lions and 10 points clear of Barrow Raiders, are determined to finish in 12th position.

Coach Ian Talbot said: “We’ve got a target now of trying to stay out of the bottom two, and a result this week would go a long way to us doing that.

“We can then say that it’s the restructure that’s relegated us, because in a normal year we’d have survived if we stayed out of the bottom two.”

He added: “We want to finish on a high, and get some confidence for next year.

“We’ve moved on from our Sheffield defeat, but we also know that any game up at Whitehaven is always tough.

“They need one or maybe two wins from the last two games to stay up, so they’ve got it all to play for.

Brett Seymour is one to watch, they’ve some experience in the pack, and dangerous outside backs in guys like Jessie Joe Parker. It’ll be a good test for us.”

Talbot has no new injury concerns ahead of the trip north.

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