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It’s round eighteen of the Betfred Super League, round seventeen of the Championship, and round thirteen of Championship One as the competitions head towards the Super Eights, possibly for the penultimate time, to determine promotion and relegation.

Super League takes place over a four day weekend while there are Championship fixtures on Saturday and Sunday. The entire League One programme is on Sunday afternoon with most games kicking off at 15:00.

There is plenty of potential across the leagues for some competitive matches which will go some way to determining final league positions.

Salford Red Devils and the Widnes Vikings get events underway when the meet at the A J Bell Stadium on Thursday evening with tenth placed Salford the favourites to beat their bottom of the table visitors as new Vikings coach Francis Cummins looks to change their fortunes. A win for Salford would keep alive their hopes of avoiding the Middle Eights and they name both Greg Burke and Ed Chamberlain in the squad to make their debuts against their parent club. Gavin Bennion is also recalled for Salford while a concussed Mark Flanagan misses out. Widnes were the winners when the sides met earlier in the season and will be hoping that the presence of the SKY cameras for this fixture for the second time will be a good omen as they look to lift themselves from bottom spot.

The most interesting game of the round takes place at the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday night as eighth placed Huddersfield Giants take on an in-form and ninth Catalans Dragons as the race for the eight hots up. A Giants win will give then some breathing space, but should the Dragons get the points then they will finish the round in eighth. Giants coach Simon Woolford has made two changes to the side which beat the Rhinos last week with Dale Ferguson and Oliver Roberts replacing Paul Clough and Innes Senior. The Dragons are the bookies underdogs for the win and coach McNamara also makes two changes with Jason Baitieri and Vincent Duport replacing Antoni Maria and Fouad Yaha. Tickets for this game are free if ordered, before midday on Friday, in advance from the Giants.

The televised fixture on Friday is the game between the struggling Leeds Rhinos and the Champions elect St Helens. Despite the Rhinos winning the game at the Totally Wicked Stadium earlier in the season it is the visitors who are the big favourites against a Rhinos side decimated by injury and plunging down the league table at an alarming rate. Leeds may give a debut to nineteen year old Harry Newman and also recall Joel Moon and Anthony Mullally to their squad but they have lost play maker Richie Myler and Mikolaj Oledzki to concussion and Brett Delaney to a hamstring injury. There is just one change for Saints with Jack Ashworth replacing Kyle Amor in the squad.

Hull FC and Wigan Warriors meet on Saturday afternoon with the home side the favourites to take the points against a Warriors side who appear to have imploded over recent weeks, despite holding on to their second spot. At the time of writing neither squad had been announced but the Warriors will be desperate to halt a three game losing run while FC have their eyes on a top four spot.

There are two games on Sunday afternoon as the sides in third and fourth go into action.

Warrington Wolves travel to Wakefield Trinity for a difficult game after their loss to Castleford Tigers last time out. Wakefield have won two on the bounce and will still be buzzing after defeating the Warriors last time out. The bookies have the Wolves as favourites but Chris Chester’s men go into the game full of confidence. Chris Kendall will be blowing the whistle.

The weekend’s final Super League game is a 15:30 kick off as fourth placed Castleford Tigers take on eleventh placed Hull KR. The bookies can’t see past a big home win as the Tigers seek to maintain their top four place to give themselves a chance at a return to Old Trafford. Liam Moore is in charge.

In the Championship the expansion clubs play their games on Saturday with Toulouse playing Leigh in the game of the round with a 14:30 kick-off in the south of France. A win for the visitors would lift them, at least temporarily, into the top four but a loss could see them cut adrift from the all-important top four places. Much later in the day, at 21:30, Toronto Wolfpack host the Dewsbury Rams as they continue their relentless march at the top of the table.

The rest of the games in the Championship kick-off at 15:00 on Sunday as, with one exception, sides from the top half of the table play those from the bottom. Featherstone will expect a win over a dogged and determined Barrow who have surprised many this season. London are at home to Rochdale and will expect the points as they continue to work for the top four. Halifax will be expecting an away win at Swinton while Sheffield Eagles travel to Batley as the bottom six sides struggle to avoid being cut adrift by the top six.

Championship League One fixtures are;

14:00 – Hemel Stags v. Newcastle Thunder

14:30 – North Wales Crusaders v. York City Knights

15:00 – Hunslet v. Coventry Bears

15:00 – Keighley Cougars v. West Wales Raiders

15:00 – Oldham v. London Skolars

15:00 – Whitehaven v. Bradford Bulls

15:00 – Workington Town v. Doncaster

Wherever you watch your rugby this weekend, enjoy!

 




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National Rugby League 2021 ROUND : 25
 PLDFADIFFPTS
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
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NZ Warriors 24 453 624 -171 16
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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.
Betfred Super League XXVI ROUND : 25
 PLDFADIFFPTSDIFFWP%
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
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Championship 2021 ROUND : 20
 PLDFADIFFPTSDIFFWP%
Toulouse 13 616 112 504 26 550 100
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
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
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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