Five things to watch in this weekend’s Super 8s

Can Leigh take their biggest step yet towards Super League?
It’s been an impressive start to the Super 8s from Leigh Centurions, who realistically stand two wins away from promotion to the top flight for the first time since 2005. Win on Saturday afternoon at Hull KR, and they will have to win just one of their final three games to guarantee promotion – and even then, four wins could be enough to get them over the line. This will be their sternest test yet however: can Neil Jukes’ men stand up to the Robins?

Higham Leigh

Will Salford’s slump continue at Headingley?
When Salford beat Huddersfield in the opening weekend of the Super 8s, it looked like the Red Devils would secure their place in Super League for 2017 with relative ease. Yet fast forward a few weeks, and they now look like the most vulnerable team in the scrap to avoid relegation. They have an ominous ask, taking on a Leeds side with three wins from three – can Salford pick up a much-needed win?

Salford team

Is this Catalans’ last chance at the top four?
The door to the top four is slowly closing for Catalans Dragons – and you suspect that this weekend, they have to win to keep their hopes alive. They face a Warrington side who could potentially have a Wembley hangover following defeat in the cup final, and they’ll also be without six big names due to injury. Can the Dragons strike to keep their semi-final chances on track?


The Leon Pryce impact for Hull FC
It will be a much-changed Hull FC side which takes to the field on Friday – but if one man is to provide a telling influence, it will be their stand-in captain. Chances have been hard to come by for Leon Pryce this year, but he is still capable of producing the goods when required; and if he can help FC beat St Helens at Langtree Park, it may just secure him an extended run in the side from here on out.

Pryce to use

Batley or Featherstone to keep their promotion hopes alive?
One Championship side will pick up their first win in the Qualifiers this weekend (barring a draw!) – and keep their slender Million Pound Game hopes alive. The battle between Batley and Featherstone will be a thriller, and a West Yorkshire derby that could have a big say in who finishes where in the Qualifiers..