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Jessie Joe Parker has two milestones in his sights for Whitehaven | April 14, 2018

JESSIE Joe Parker will reach one milestone on Sunday – and should make it to another.
Jessie Joe Parker: Need one more to record his 100th career try.

The popular, laid-back Papua New Guinea centre will make his 150th appearance for Haven against West Wales.
If he gets over the Raiders’ line it will be to record his 100th career try.
Seventeen of those tries were scored for his first English club Featkherstone in only 15 appearances during the 2010 season.
After a brief spell with Wakefield in 2011 he joined Haven the following year and has been a fixture in the team ever since.
Parker was on the score-sheet on Sunday at Coventry for his 99th career try.
His eyes will light up when he sees that Sunday’s visitors West Wales have conceded 204 points in just three League One games.
On their last visit to west Cumbria they crashed 72-6 at Workington Town, playing the whole game with just one option from the inter-change bench.
Already seen as the League One whipping boys, the Raiders are desperate for a good result to kick-start their season.
Haven player coach Carl Forster is mindful of the Raiders’ poor record, but insists there will be no complacency.
“It won’t be a question of going into the game with one eye on Rochdale Hornets in the Challenge Cup tie the following week.
“We will be completely focused on West Wales and on ensuring we get the points to maintain our top four push,” he said.
Bradford’s defeat at Workington on Sunday suggests it is going to be a really open league this season.
At least half of the 14-strong league look capable of putting in a challenge for the top four, especially now the season is played out over home and away fixtures.
As it is likely to be so close, points differential could come into the equation, which is why teams like West Wales will be seen as ideal opportunities to bolster that particular column.

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