3rd February 2017

Men's Super-8: Wolves and Hawks aiming to open up gap

Warrington Wolves and NEM Hawks both go into the weekend looking to strengthen their position at the top of Super-8.

Wolves currently head the table on goal difference over NEM Hawks, having played a match less. They travel to Sporthouse to play Cambridge on Saturday, biddin gfor the win that could extend their lead at the top to two points. Wolves have been in great form with five straight victories, and just one defeat all season. However, a win for Cambridge would take them level on points with Wolves, Warrington’s superior goal difference keeping them ahead of the East Anglian side. Cambridge drew with defending champions London GD last time out, beating Nottingham in the match before that. They will be bidding to extend their unbeaten run. Throw-off is at 15.30.

Hawks missed the chance to open up a three-point gap last weekend when they lost to Olympia. That was one of just two defeats this term, the other coming at the hands of Wolves. They host GD this weekend and will be hoping to get back to winning ways, knowing that victory, and a Wolves defeat, would take them two points clear. GD were beaten by Hawks by a single goal in a thriller when the two teams met back in December and will be looking to exact revenge for that defeat. Throw-off at Oldham on Sunday is at 12.30 and is part of a great double bill with the women’s Super-7 teams playing at 14.30.

West London Eagles play Olympia in a Capital-City derby on Saturday knowing that a win, and a defeat for Hawks, could see them go second if the goal-difference of six is also overturned. Eagles have won four out of their last five matches, while Olympia go into the match buoyed from their win against Hawks which ended a run of two defeats. Throw-off at Leyton Score Centre is at 16.00, and is preceded by the Women’s Super-7 match between the two sides at 14.00.

The bottom of the table sees a crucial match as Nottingham host Coventry Sharks at Sutton Bonnington. Sharks are still to win this season with a record of played eight, lost seven, drawn won. Nottingham sit one point ahead of Sharks, their one win coming against fellow promoted side Sharks in October. Throw-off on Saturday is at 14.30.

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