THE final league tables have been confirmed for the end of the amateur rugby union season, with the RFU making the decision to allocate points for the remaining games based on previous form.

Kendal RUFC were in sixth place until the RFU's formula put them in fifth to finish the season, which club chairman Stephen Green believes is a fair outcome for the Mint Bridge club.

“The RFU have made this decision with the league table and we have finished fifth, which is one place above where we were, which is based off our recent form and that from our four remaining games, three were going to be played at home,” he said.

“Fifth is not a bad finish for us really as we had a relatively poor start to the season. Just before the end of the season though we were having a good run of form.

“But now we are looking forward to next season, which will hopefully will be in North West Division One as we have been playing in the east league this season.This is quite unusual for Kendal as we have played for many years in the west.

“It was a real stress on the club in terms of mileage and they were great teams that we played, but our hope is to be back in the west side of the country. Usually the fixtures are announced in May so hopefully we will know more on next season nearer the time.

“In terms of the league finish, for us I think it is a fair reflection on our season, but for some cubs I imagine they could feel like they have been relegated unfairly.

“Our club has no negative view on this finish and we have to get ready for next season which is supposed to be starting in September.”

On the RFU calculations Kendal would have picked up 1.4 points more than Morley from their last four games and 12.67 points from their final four games in total, three at home with an away trip to York. This is what saw them overtake Morley who were one point ahead of them when the season was suspended.

Meanwhile, over at Kirkby Lonsdale RUFC, their first team finished in eight place in North Premier, the league above Kendal.

Club president Michael Neal was sad to see Carlisle relegated from the North Premier division as it meant the loss of a rival team in Cumbria.

“We are pleased to be finishing mid-table anyway, but we feel sorry for Carlisle as they were our local rivals and still had six games to play,” he said.

“It is nice to be the top club in Cumbria, but we want Kendal, Vale of Lune, and Carlisle to come back up to increase local interest. Now in North Premier we face the challenge of Preston Grasshoppers and Otley Rugby club who have come down a division.

“Hopefully we will still be able to play our Cumbria Cup final against Carlisle before next season, which is something Kirkby Lonsdale has not won before.”

Kirkby Lonsdale's development squad and Wanderers team both gained promotion.