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Rugby preview: Title could head to Hackney as early as this weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:29 23 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:29 23 March 2017

Dave Akkersdyke makes another break for Hackney. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Dave Akkersdyke makes another break for Hackney. Picture: KEVIN LINES

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All eyes will be on London North West Three where Hackney Rugby Club could potentially win the title if they comfortably beat bottom of the table Staines.

Should Hackney win, and with a bonus point, then only a bonus-point success for Hemel Hempstead will stop the -based club from lifting the title.

Staines have only won twice this season although they both came in the last four games.

Hemel’s task won’t be easy; they travel to third-placed Stevenage Town who almost ended Hackney’s 100 per cent record two weeks ago.

At the bottom Finchley go into the weekend four points clear of Old Merchant Taylors’ and relegation with three games left.

They have a tough run in, with Hemel and Stevenage the opposition in the final two games, so they know that victory tomorrow (Saturday) away to Datchworth could be vital.

The Hertfordshire club are currently battling with Kilburn Cosmos for a place in the top five.

Confidence will be high in Kilburn after two victories in their previous two games, including a convincing 64-24 win last time out at Hitchin.

They host Cheshunt.

The title is also up for grabs in Herts Middlesex One with Old Streetonians leading the pack ahead of their final two games.

Nothing should be settled this week when they play their final home game of the season against UCSOB as all eyes will be looking towards next week when their two nearest challengers, Verulamians and London French, collide in London Colney.

UCSOB are fighting for the lives at the other end of the table as they are tied on points with Wasps FC.

That battle to see which team is relegated could go to the final weekend.

Elsewhere Hendon make the long trip to Royston.

In London North West Two Hampstead will be looking to secure the first of two wins needed if they are to finish the season with a club record number of wins.

Seventeen successes is needed to do that and they currently have 15 ahead of their home game with Hammersmith & Fulham.

They still have an outside chance of making the promotion play-off but that is now dependant on either HAC or Old Haberdashers slipping up in the final three games.

Belsize Park look set to finish fourth but could do their neighbours a favour when they face league leaders Habs in Borehamwood.

Hampstead will also be looking for neighbourly help from Harrow who go to HAC.

In Herts Middlesex Two Haringey Rhinos host Watford while in the Herts Middlesex Merit Table Three Cup, Finsbury Park are at home to Saracens Amateurs 2nds.

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