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

Qualifiers permutations aplenty
We will know a great deal more about who is heading where in the Qualifiers come the conclusion of this weekend. Batley, Featherstone and London could all be ruled out of the running for the Million Pound Game if results go against them this weekend – and Hull KR can take a significant step towards Super League. Victory for them against Fev, coupled with a Leeds win against Huddersfield, would mean they may only need to rely on points difference to get the job done against the Giants next week..

A promotion party in France
..but will it be Toulouse or Rochdale who are celebrating come Saturday evening? The obvious answer is to suggest Sylvain Houles’ men will emerge victorious having dropped only one point all season – but that point was against Rochdale and Alan Kilshaw’s men. Can they cause another huge upset and avoid being dragged into the play-offs next week?


And another one in Leigh!
It’s safe to say the Leigh Sports Village will be absolutely packed this weekend. Over 10,000 will pack into the Centurions’ home ground to celebrate promotion to Super League – but don’t rule out Batley spoiling the party. They are the only side to beat Leigh in the league this year and are more than capable of doing the same again – but it will be one heck of a party either way this Saturday.


Dewsbury or Swinton for the Shield semis?
Away from the Qualifiers, there’s still one spot to be decided in the Championship Shield semi-finals – and it will be Swinton or Dewsbury that claim it. Victory for the Rams assures them of fourth and a trip to Bradford, but defeat will open the door for John Duffy’s men to sneak into that last spot. It promises to be a thrilling weekend.

Can Saints continue to sneak under the radar?
All the focus is on the top three in Super League and the hunt for top spot – but St Helens are slowly sneaking in under the radar once again. A solid victory against Castleford last week, they face Widnes this week looking to maintain their form ahead of the semi-finals. Are they the dark horses?