Here’s the rules:
League Table and Play Offs
a. At the end of the Regular Season, the Club with the highest Win Points Percentage shall be at the top and the Club with the lowest shall be at the bottom. The Win Points Percentage shall be the number of Matches won by a Club divided by the number of matches played by the Club multiplied by 100.
b. Operational Rule B2:7 shall be further amended so that, where Clubs have an equal Win Points Percentage their relative positions shall be determined by Points Scored Percentage. The Points Scored Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of points scored by a Club by the number of points it concedes and multiplying by 100. If the positions are still equal, positions will be determined by the toss of a coin which shall be carried out at such time and place as the RFL shall direct and those Clubs concerned shall be entitled to witness the toss. NB – this drafting removes all of the usual options that would be impacted by the number of matches played.
c. Subject to the exceptions in (i) and (ii) below, to qualify for the Super League Play Offs a Club must have played a minimum of 15 Super League Matches. If a Club in the Top 4 has not played at least 15 Super League Matches, the next highest rank Club that has played 15 Super League Matches shall take part in the Play Offs (with all Clubs finishing below the removed Club moving up one place to determine the order of Clubs for the purpose of home advantage etc).
i. The above shall not apply and a Club that has played less than 15 Matches shall qualify for the Super League Play Offs where it is in the Top 4 of the League Table based on League Points (with its ranking in the Play Offs also determined by its League Table position based on League Points).
ii. The above shall not apply where 4 or more Clubs in the Super League have played fewer than 15 Matches. In such circumstances, the RFL Board shall have discretion to determine whether there should be a minimum of Matches required to have been played to qualify for the Play Offs and, if so, what that number shall be.
So, Catalans can still make the top 4 without playing 15 games if they have accrued enough competition points that would have placed them in the top four, ie as if it was a normal season with league position determined by competition points.
As it stands, Catalans are fourth in the competition points table on 16 points, the same as Leeds and Hull, but with a better differential.