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There are just five rounds of Super League remaining before the split into the middle eights,  and while it looks almost certain that St Helens will enter the second phase of the season at the top of the pile, there are just six points covering places six to ten meaning that the fight to avoid the dreaded middle eights is well and truly alive.

There is one Super League game on Thursday night, four on Friday night and the remaining game at the Catalans Dragons on Saturday evening.

There are some exciting ties in the Championship too, none more so than the grudge match between Toronto Wolfpack and Leigh Centurions on Saturday night.

The weekends first game is at the DW Stadium where two out of form sides meet as the Wigan Warriors take on the Leeds Rhinos. Wigan have won just two games in their last six while the Rhinos only victory in their most recent six games was the Challenge Cup win over Leigh. The Rhinos are now deep in the middle eights fight and depending on results elsewhere they could find themselves in ninth at the end of the weekend. Wigan are strong favourites and could give a debut to new signing Joe Greenwood. Liam Farrell also returns to the squad which lost by a point to Castleford last week and is joined by Liam Farrell, John Bateman and Sean O’Loughlin. The Rhinos have Brad Singleton and Richie Myler back from injury and Ryan Hall returning from England duty and know that this is a must win game.

Friday nights SKY game is St Helens against Wakefield Trinity as both sides have very different reasons for needing victory.  A St Helens win would see them a stop closer to entering the eights in top spot but if Trinity can get the points then they are within a couple of points of guaranteeing the top eights for themselves. Saints are unchanged as they continue to benefit from a settled squad and a minimal injury list. Wakefield are the clear underdogs but coach Chris Chester had been forced into a single change as Liam Finn replaces the injured Danny Kirmond.

In the second 19:45 Friday kick off Warrington Wolves host a Salford Red Devils side who could get within a point of the top eight if they can upset the bookies and snatch a win.  Wolves coach Steve Price has taken the opportunity to rest Stefan Ratchford and Chris Hill as they return from the Denver test and he is also without Ryan Atkins and Harvey Livett through injury. Brothers George and Toby King, along with Morgan Smith and Ben Pomeroy are named as the replacements. The Devils have Mark Flanagan and Lee Mossop back in contention with loanees Greg Burke and Ed Chamberlain retaining their position in the side.

Both Hull sides are at home with 20:00 kick offs. FC host a Widnes Vikings side who know that a sixteenth loss of the season will finally condemn them to the middle eights, and increase their likelihood of finishing at the bottom of the pile. FC make a number of changes with Sika Manu and Dean Hadley joining Jamie Shaul in the named squad. England stars, Jake Connor and Scott Taylor, are also named in the squad despite the former picking up a shoulder knock in the game in Denver. The home side are massive favourites for the win.

On the other side of the city KR will be hoping to take the scalp of the Huddersfield Giants and narrow the gap on a top eight which looks increasingly unlikely for the Robins. The home side will be bolstered by the return of Danny McGuire, Robbie Mulhern and Tommy Lee to the squad although McGuire will have to pass a fitness test after suffering a blood clot. Matty Marsh, Elliot Wallis and Aaron Smith miss out.  The Giants make just one change to the squad that beat the Dragons last time out with Sam Hewitt replacing Dale Ferguson. The bookies have the Giants as slight favourites for the win which would effectively end KR’s hopes of avoiding the middle eights.

There is a massive game in Perpignan on Saturday afternoon as the Catalans Dragons face Castleford Tigers. There is little between an on-form Dragons and an inconsistent Tigers with the bookies, the visitors slight favourites for the win. At the time of writing neither side had named their squads for the game.

The game of the weekend in the Championship takes place on Saturday evening when the Leigh Centurions will throw everything that they have at the Toronto Wolfpack to try and get themselves into the top four. A win for the home side will put them within two points of ensuring that they go into the middle eights at the top of the table, with four games left to get them in.

The remainder of games take place on Sunday afternoon With Halifax at Barrow, London at Batley, Rochdale at Featherstone, Toulouse visiting Sheffield and Swinton hosting the Dewsbury Rams.

Championship One fixtures are as follows (15:00 unless stated);

Saturday

Coventry Bears v. Bradford Bulls

West Wales Raiders v. London Skolars

Sunday

Hemel Stags v. Doncaster (14:30)

North Wales Crusaders v. Hunslet (14:30)

Oldham v. Workington Town

Whitehaven v. Keighley Cougars

York City Knights v. Newcastle Thunder

Wherever you watch your rugby this weekend, enjoy!




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Souths 24 775 453 322 40
Manly 24 744 492 252 32
Sydney 24 636 475 161 32
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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
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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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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
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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
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