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It’s double delight for Super League fans this Easter weekend with Rounds Eight and Nine throwing up plenty of local derbies to get the competitive spirit flowing.

There is also two full rounds of the Betfred Championship, one on Friday and the other on Monday, with a set of Championship One fixtures on Friday and a Challenge Cup re-arranged fixture between Hunslet and the Bradford Bulls thrown in on Monday afternoon for good measure.

We take a look at the games to be played over Thursday and Friday.

Thursday night's televised game is between third placed Wakefield Trinity and the Castleford Tigers, on a high after last week’s nerve-jangling one point win over the old enemy, the Leeds Rhinos. The visitors to Belle Vue make just one change with Oliver Holmes returning from suspension, Jy Hitchcox the one to miss out. Trinity have made two changes to the side which lost to Warrington last time out with Joe Arundel and Kyle Wood replacing Danny Kirmond and James Batchelor. The Tigers are the odds-on favourites for the win needing victory to leapfrog Trinity into third.

There are four different kick-off times on Friday to keep you on your toes.

The first match is the game at the AJ Bell Stadium where fellow strugglers Salford Red Devils and the Catalans Dragons play out a four pointer. The Red Devils welcome back Luke Burgess to their nineteen man squad replacing Tyrone McCarthy, while Kris Welham is hopeful of making a return to the playing side.  Steve McNamara makes a couple of changes to the side anchored at the foot of the table with Benjamin Jullien and Alrix Da Costa returning to the squad and replacing Lucas Albert and Iain Thornley. The home side are the favourites to register their third win of the season.

The Sky Sports cameras will be at Craven Park as Hull KR are the hosts for the 12:50 kick-off derby game with FC. It’s the Airlie Birds who are big favourites to get one over the Robins but emotion plays a big part in this game in front of what will be a packed house. McGuire and Lunt both face late fitness checks but Nick Scruton and Lee Jewitt do return to the squad, as do Matty Marsh and Josh Johnston. FC will take a massive boost from the return of star hooker Danny Houghton who has been missing since the early season trip to Australia.

Huddersfield Giants sacked their coach on Tuesday and have the toughest of tasks with the visit of the Leeds Rhinos. Chris Thorman has taken temporary charge and is rueing an injury crisis which has robbed him of many of his stars.  Danny Brough and Sebastine Ikahihifo will both face fitness tests but  Kruise Leeming is definitely unavailable. The Rhinos have Brett Ferres returning to face his former side and Brad Dwyer is also named in the Leeds squad. Brian McDermott is also without many of his first choice side too for a game which promises to be the battle of the walking wounded. The Rhinos are big odds-on favourites for the win.

Also at 3:00pm the Warrington Wolves are at home at the Halliwell-Jones and take on Widnes Vikings in another short distance fixture. The bookies and the pundits can’t see past a home win and the Wolves have Ben Currie back in contention for a place in the playing side. Denis Betts will be hoping that his side can build on their win over the Red Devils last time out and hold on to or improve their current eighth place.

The most anticipated game of the round kicks off at 15:15, again on Sky TV, as second placed Wigan Warriors travel to the Totally Wicked Stadium to take on the league leaders St Helens. Justin Holbrook’s only change is to bring Ryan Morgan into the squad in place of the injured Adam Swift while coach Wane makes two changes to last week bringing in Romaine Navarette and Josh Woods with Morgan Escare and Gabe Hamlin missing out. It’s Saints who are the slight favourites with the bookies.

In the Betfred Championship the top two sides go head to head as London Broncos are the hosts to Toulouse Olympique XIII with a 13:00 kick off at the Trailfinders. Sheffield Eagles and the Rochdale Hornets are also adjacent in the table, but at the opposite end, and they play at 15:00, as do Swinton Lions and Leigh Centurions. The six o’clock kick-off is between third placed Featherstone Rovers and fourth placed Toronto Wolfpack and should be another cracker of a game. Half an hour later Batley Bulldogs and the Dewsbury Rams play the heavy woollen derby with the final game of the afternoon kicking off at 19:30 at the New Shay where Halifax take on surprise package Barrow Raiders as sixth plays seventh.

In the Championship One you could take in any of the following on Friday;

14:00 Hemel Stags v. London Skolars

14:00 Hunslet v. Keighley Cougars

14:30 West Wales Raiders v. North Wales Crusaders

15:00 Coventry Bears v. Newcastle Thunder

15:00 Doncaster v. York City Knights

15:00 Whitehaven v. Workington Town

18:00 Bradford Bulls v. Oldham




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SL RND: 25 Leeds36-12Hull KR
SL RND: 25 Salford26-14St.Helens
SL RND: 25 Wakefield44-12Hull FC
SL RND: 25 Wigan12-8Catalans
NRL RND: 27 Manly42-6Sydney
Thu 16th Sep
SL RND: 25 Castleford24-40Warrington
Sun 12th Sep
SL RND: 24 Leigh26-18Wakefield
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Melbourne 24 815 316 499 42
Penrith 24 640 280 360 42
Souths 24 775 453 322 40
Manly 24 744 492 252 32
Sydney 24 636 475 161 32
Parramatta 24 566 457 109 30
Newcastle 24 428 571 -143 24
Gold Coast 24 568 553 15 20
 
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NZ Warriors 24 453 624 -171 16
Wests 24 500 714 -214 16
Brisbane 24 446 695 -249 14
NQL Cowboys 24 460 748 -288 14
Canterbury 24 340 710 -370 6
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
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Catalans 23 688 398 290 38 172.86 82.61
St.Helens 21 548 229 319 32 239.30 76.19
Warrington 21 588 354 234 31 166.10 73.81
Wigan 25 387 385 2 30 100.52 60
Leeds 24 556 440 116 26 126.36 54.17
Hull KR 20 497 458 39 20 108.52 50
 
Castleford 23 439 552 -113 22 79.53 47.83
Hull FC 21 409 476 -67 17 85.92 40.48
Huddersfield 24 460 516 -56 18 89.15 37.50
Wakefield 24 482 548 -66 18 87.96 37.50
Salford 22 402 586 -184 14 68.60 31.82
Leigh 22 356 870 -514 4 40.92 9.09
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Betfred Championship 2021 ROUND : 20
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Featherstone 19 817 254 563 34 321.65 94.74
Halifax 19 512 323 189 26 158.51 68.42
Bradford 18 483 455 28 24 106.15 66.67
LondonB 18 504 499 5 21 101 63.89
Batley 19 525 370 155 24 141.89 63.16
 
Whitehaven 20 447 496 -49 21 90.12 52.50
York 19 470 455 15 16 103.30 42.11
Widnes 19 458 509 -51 15 89.98 39.47
Newcastle 18 381 521 -140 13 73.13 36.11
Sheffield 18 382 553 -171 13 69.08 36.11
Dewsbury 19 308 570 -262 13 54.04 34.21
Oldham 19 270 691 -421 5 39.07 13.16
Swinton 20 354 719 -365 3 49.24 7.50
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Betfred League One 2021 ROUND : 22
 PLDFADIFFPTSDIFFWP%
Barrow 17 596 275 321 27 216.73 79.41
Workington 15 471 310 161 21 151.94 70
Doncaster 18 503 400 103 24 125.75 66.67
Keighley 19 640 399 241 25 160.40 65.79
Crusaders 18 553 438 115 22 126.26 61.11
Hunslet 19 572 466 106 20 122.75 52.63
 
Rochdale 17 505 488 17 17 103.48 50
Coventry 17 407 460 -53 12 88.48 35.29
LondonS 18 292 577 -285 7 50.61 19.44
West Wales 18 208 896 -688 1 23.21 2.78
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St.HelensW 7 370 36 334 12 1,027.78 85.71
WiganW 6 222 64 158 10 346.88 83.33
YorkW 6 186 102 84 8 182.35 66.67
CastlefordW 6 166 96 70 8 172.92 66.67
BradfordW 8 158 264 -106 6 59.85 37.50
Hudds W 7 104 288 -184 4 36.11 28.57
 
Wire W 8 150 334 -184 4 44.91 25
FeatherstoneW 8 122 338 -216 4 36.09 25
LeedsW 7 364 38 326 14 957.89 100
WakefieldW 7 50 332 -282 0 15.06 0
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