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5 minutes ago, Havenfan10 said:

Could easily be 40 nil Widnes are very poor in the 1st half.

Apparently Widnes have only named 16 players and one of those isn’t fit to play. 

I’m not prejudiced, I hate everybody equally

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2 minutes ago, Havenfan10 said:

Could easily be 40 nil Widnes are very poor in the 1st half.

Couldn't name a full 17 man squad and a couple playing with minor injuries, rather different line-up to the team that beat Haven at home (twice, I guess, but Haven didn't exactly name a full squad for one of those games).

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Another great win for Haven and its fair to say they will have a big impact on who will finish 3rd, 4th, and 5th with their last 3 games been Batley, Fax and Bulls. I really can't see Fax winning up there with the two teams current form. Batley need to win next week with Bulls and Fax both having losses then the final decider could be Fax V Batley. Getting that 3rd spot and playing London and avoiding the trip to France is going to be huge.

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13 minutes ago, The Blues Ox said:

Another great win for Haven and its fair to say they will have a big impact on who will finish 3rd, 4th, and 5th with their last 3 games been Batley, Fax and Bulls. I really can't see Fax winning up there with the two teams current form. Batley need to win next week with Bulls and Fax both having losses then the final decider could be Fax V Batley. Getting that 3rd spot and playing London and avoiding the trip to France is going to be huge.

Is that right?

Week 1

Halifax V London 

Bradford V Batley

Week 2

Toulouse V Halifax/London

Featherstone V Bradford/Batley

Week One

  • Elimination Semi-final A: 3rd vs 6th
  • Elimination Semi-final B: 4th vs 5th

Week Two

  • Semi final 1: 1st vs Highest ranked winner of ESFA
  • Semi Final 2: 2nd vs Highest ranked winner of ESFB
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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS GOOD WIN AT OLDHAM 48-10. SURELY WE ARE NOW GUARANTEED SECOND PLACE, IT WOULD TAKE A MIRACLE FOR US NOT TO BE THERE. EVEN IF WE LOST OUR LAST THREE GAMES (NO CHANCE) OUR FA IS SO GOOD WE HAVE IT.

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5 minutes ago, Bulls2487 said:

Is that right?

Week 1

Halifax V London 

Bradford V Batley

Week 2

Toulouse V Halifax/London

Featherstone V Bradford/Batley

Week One

  • Elimination Semi-final A: 3rd vs 6th
  • Elimination Semi-final B: 4th vs 5th

Week Two

  • Semi final 1: 1st vs Highest ranked winner of ESFA
  • Semi Final 2: 2nd vs Highest ranked winner of ESFB

If that were right it would be beneficial to finish 4th and have the "easier" game away to 2nd place which I can't see been right. Toulouse should have easiest route all the way through.

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7 minutes ago, Bulls2487 said:

Is that right?

Week 1

Halifax V London 

Bradford V Batley

Week 2

Toulouse V Halifax/London

Featherstone V Bradford/Batley

Week One

  • Elimination Semi-final A: 3rd vs 6th
  • Elimination Semi-final B: 4th vs 5th

Week Two

  • Semi final 1: 1st vs Highest ranked winner of ESFA
  • Semi Final 2: 2nd vs Highest ranked winner of ESFB

FEATHERSTONE V TOULOUSE. FEATHERSTONE WIN. WE ARE PLAYING GREAT

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2 minutes ago, The Blues Ox said:

If that were right it would be beneficial to finish 4th and have the "easier" game away to 2nd place which I can't see been right. Toulouse should have easiest route all the way through.

You could be right. If it was lowest finisher would be London or Bradford/Batley v Toulouse.

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3 minutes ago, jamescolin said:

FEATHERSTONE V TOULOUSE. FEATHERSTONE WIN. WE ARE PLAYING GREAT

Your probably right about the final of Featherstone V Toulouse. Toulouse look unbeatable though. If Fev are playing great Toulouse must be outstanding no?.

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As things stand Toulouse look nailed on for promotion and have been a cut above every team including Fev but you never know. Its a one off game and Toulouse could pick that game for everything to go wrong or for nerves to get the better of them. It would be a cracking final though and to be honest I do hope that's how it ends up because the other 4 teams really are just making the numbers up and it is hard to see any of them been able to beat both the top 2 in consecutive weeks.

 

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Just now, Bulls2487 said:

You could be right. If it was lowest finisher would be London or Bradford/Batley v Toulouse.

In reality on teams that finish 4th 5th and 6th can play TO and only 3rd 4th and 5th can play FEV

In the semi-finals, the lowest ranked winners from round one will travel to the league leaders, with the other survivors away to the table runners-up.

 
 

 

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so London are confirmed in 6th? or can Haven overhaul them?  Really not clear right now

I would expect London to beat swinton, lose to Fev, 50/50 vs York.   So can Haven if they win their last 3 finish above London if London win only one of the remaining 3 games

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19 minutes ago, crashmon said:

so London are confirmed in 6th? or can Haven overhaul them?  Really not clear right now

I would expect London to beat swinton, lose to Fev, 50/50 vs York.   So can Haven if they win their last 3 finish above London if London win only one of the remaining 3 games

In that scenario Whitehaven would finish above Broncos.

Edit - If Broncos hadn't had a points reduction for refusing to travel to Toulouse however, they would finish above Haven in the same circumstances!

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14 minutes ago, The Blues Ox said:

As things stand Toulouse look nailed on for promotion and have been a cut above every team including Fev but you never know. Its a one off game and Toulouse could pick that game for everything to go wrong or for nerves to get the better of them.

 

Yep. Fev made 19 handling errors in the game against Toulouse; Toulouse themselves made 18 handling errors at Oldham (though still won comfortably). Whichever teams make it to the final, having an off-day could be costly.

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