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​Second-row juggernauts Danny Bridge and Danny Langtree can tip the scales in Oldham’s favour against Hunslet at the South Leeds Stadium.

Sunday’s big game, which has an enormous amount riding on it, has the potential to be a cracker, writes ROGER HALSTEAD.

It might be the last day of the regular Betfred League 1 season but with play-off positions at stake it will be more like a sudden-death cup-tie in terms of intensity and passion.

For Oldham it could make all the difference between meeting Newcastle Thunder in a promotion final at the Vestacare Stadium or up on Tyneside at Kingston Park, assuming they get that far of course.

Hunslet have struggled at home this season against half-decent sides, going down to Doncaster (20-22), Newcastle (12-26), Whitehaven (12-19) and Workington (16-30).

Roughyeds have won eight of the last nine and played their best rugby of the season to turn over Newcastle and then Doncaster on successive Sundays last month.

Oddly enough, though, Scott Naylor’s men usually find Hunslet a tough side to conquer.

Since edging a Championship One play-off 25-24 in 2014, Roughyeds have gone down in each of the last four meetings.

First there was that Grand Final at Headngley when Thomas Coyle’s golden-point drop goal broke Oldham hearts and earned the Yorkshiremen a 17-16 win in an extra-time thriller.

The sides didn’t meet again until 1918 when Hunslet won 24-16 at the Vestacare and 16-12 in South Leeds.

Then came that epic at the Vestacare on Good Friday this year when a Hunslet side inspired by Adam Robinson snatched a 36-28 win with three converted tries in the last few minutes following three yellow cards and one red.

In a game like this you can chuck the form guide into the ‘out’ tray.

But there are good reasons why I’m going for ‘Langers’ and ‘Bridgey’ to see Oldham home. They are quality players at this level. That’s a given.

More than that though, Danny Bridge is a player who invariably hits his best in a big game. Put him in a white-hot arena with everything at stake and that’s when you see the best of Danny Boy.

The same can be said of ‘Langers’. He’s always been a marked man and especially so since his return from Hull.

It was his first game back when Hunslet won here in April and they had three men into the tackle every time he got the ball.

‘Langers’ won’t have forgotten that and he’ll have something to prove this time.

With ‘Langers’ on the right and his second-row partner doing his stuff on the other side of the field it might just be a Bridge too far for Hunslet this time.

  • A reminder that ORSA are holding a Quiz Night in the sponsors suite at the Vestacare tonight (Thurs), starting at 8pm.

It’s £1 to enter the quiz and prizes include a £200 jackpot.

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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