Whitley Bay Barbarians and Wallsend Eagles meet in cup final clash

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

Both teams have had a tough route to the final, the Eagles knocking out 2014 premier division winners Jarrow Vikings in the early rounds as well as fellow top flight side Cramlington Rockets.

“We are looking forward to playing in the cup final, especially at Kingston Park, and 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 pitch at Kingston Park suits our fast paced game, so we are looking forward to seeing how the game plays out.

“We hope it is a good game for the neutral to come and watch with the top two sides from each division going head to head.”

The Barbarians took a different route to the final, seeing off premier division Durham Demons in the first round and coming up against division one title rivals Gateshead Storm A in the semi-finals.

The Barbarians narrowly lost to Storm, but discussions after the game between both sides led to the game being rescheduled a week later in a league and cup double header. Unfortunately Gateshead were unable to field a team.

Whitley Bay head coach Seamus McCallion said: “The game of rugby league in the north east is going from strength to strength.

“I think it is a nice change to see Whitley Bay Barbarians getting good performances week in week out.

“I would like to mention Chris Parker and Rob Jones of Gateshead Storm, who showed real sportsmanship to let the Barbarians through to the final.

“I am sure the game against Wallsend Eagles will be exciting as both teams have pace and power through their squads.”

The game at Kingston Park on Wednesday, July 29, kicks-off at 7.30pm and entry is free through the Tap and Tackle.