Eagles and Barbarians in cup final countdown

Next week sees the final of the North East Rugby League Cup, with division one front-runners Whitley Bay Barbarians taking on premier division leaders Wallsend Eagles.

Both teams have had a tough route to the final at Newcastle’s Kingston Park, the Eagles having knocked out 2014 premier division winners Jarrow Vikings and fellow top-flight side Cramlington Rockets.

“We are looking forward to playing in the cup final, especially at Kingston Park. It is something which has eluded us for the past few years,” said Eagles coach Alan Stevenson.

“Whitley Bay will be a strong physical side, and we have to make sure we are solid down the middle to compete in the game.”

The Barbarians saw off premier division outfit Durham Demons but had to rely on division one title rivals Gateshead Storm A failing to field a team for a rescheduled semi-final tie to progress.

Whitley Bay head coach Seamus McCallion said: “I am sure the game against Wallsend Eagles will be exciting as both teams have pace and power.”

Next Wednesday’s final kicks off at 7.30pm. Entry is free via the Tap and Tackle.