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It’s a four day weekend for round twenty-two of Super league and a potentially critical one in the race for the remaining two places in the Super Eights. Losses for either Hull KR or the Leeds Rhinos will confirm their places in the middle eights with victories for Catalans, Wakefield or Huddersfield securing their Super Eight spot.

It is equally crucial in the Championship where a loss for the Leigh Centurions could effectively  end their middle eights campaign should Featherstone, and  Halifax get wins in their tough games with London and Toulouse respectively.

On top of all that there is plenty going on in Championship one , most notably the Sunday afternoon game when the runaway top two meet at Odsal as the Bulls take on the City Knights.

Wigan Warriors and St Helens meet in the oldest derby at the DW Stadium on Thursday night as the top two clash. Wigan will be looking to overcome their early season defeat to the old enemy and guaranteeing entering the Super Eights in second spot while Saints will want to open up a ten point gap over their neighbours. Wigan have Dan Sarginson and Joe Greenwood back in contention for places and also name new signing Chris Hankinson in their nineteen man squad.  Justin Holbrook makes just one change to the Saints side, who are clear favourites with the bookies, as Jack Ashworth replaces the injured Zeb Taia.

The first of three games on Friday night is the televised encounter between the Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants, one side looking to improve their Super Eights standing, the other to guarantee themselves  their position in the top competition. Jamie Ellis and Nathan Massey return for the Tigers after missing last week while seventeen year old second rower Lewis Peachey could be in line to make his debut. The Giants have just one change to the side which demolished the Wigan Warriors last weekend as Ukuma Ta’ai replaces Jake Wardle in the squad. The bookies favour a Tigers win.

Many neutrals will be cheering on the Widnes Vikings as they visit Headingley looking to inflict yet more misery on the Champions who are staring at seven crucial games in the middle eights. The Rhinos are massive favourites to win the game over Super League’s whipping boys but new boss Kevin Sinfield won’t be taking anything for granted in this must-win game.  The Rhinos will be without Brett Ferres but have named Matt Parcell, Luke Briscoe and Jimmh Keinhorst in their squad. Ex-Rhino Francis Cummins is without Stefan Marsh who picked up an injury last week as they prepare for life in the middle eights and their fight for Super League in 2019.

The third Friday night game has bookies favourites Warrington Wolves travelling to Hull KR with the Robins knowing that they must win to keep their feint hopes of Super Eights alive. Tim Sheens makes two changes to the KR line-up with Junior Vaivai and Lee Jewitt both named in his squad as Tommy Lee and Justin Carney miss out. Fourth placed Warrington also make two changes to their squad with Morgan Smith and Pat Moran replacing Bryson Goodwin and Ben Westwood in their nineteen.

The Catalans Dragons face the Salford Red Devils on Sunday afternoon at what is becoming fortress Stade Gilbert Brutus. A win for the Dragons guarantees them Super Eights and they are strong favourites with the bookies to achieve that with a week to spare. The Dragons are undefeated in their last six home games with Salford, and come into the game on the back of a four game unbeaten run having also won their last five games at home. Salford have lost their last two games but did record a 32-16 win over the Dragons at the end of March in the game played at the AJ Bell.

The final game of the weekend is on Sunday when Wakefield and Hull FC play, the home side favourites with the bookies for the win which would guarantee them their Super Eights position.  Without a win in their last three outings Trinity came close last week with a draw against the Rhinos and they will be looking for revenge for the one point loss at the KCOM back at the start of April.

With top side Toronto playing bottom side Rochdale in Saturday night all attention in the Championship will be on three of the Sunday afternoon games as Featherstone play London, Halifax host Toulouse and Leigh are at home to the Swinton Lions. The outcome of those games should give us a better idea of the likely make up of the middle eights. Sunday also has the heavy woollen derby as Dewsbury play Batley and ninth hosts eighth as the Sheffield Eagles look to step over Barrow.#

The games in Championship One take place over Saturday and Sunday, all three o’clock kick-offs unless stated;

Saturday

Coventry Bears v. Keighley Cougars (14:00)

West Wales Raiders v. Workington Town

Sunday

Bradford Bulls v. York City Knights

Hunslet v. Doncaster

Newcastle Thunder v. Hemel Stags

Oldham v. North Wales Crusaders

Whitehaven v. London Skolars

Wherever you watch your rugby league this week, enjoy.




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Thu 24th Jun 19:45
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Thu 24th Jun 19:45
SL
Wakefield
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Wigan
Thu 24th Jun 19:45
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Warrington
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Fri 25th Jun 19:30
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Sat 26th Jun 15:00
 L1
West Wales
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Sat 26th Jun 18:00
 CH
Featherstone
v
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Mon 21st Jun
WSL RND: 6 Hudds W18-28FeatherstoneW
Sun 20th Jun
CH RND: 10 Dewsbury24-68Featherstone
CH RND: 10 LondonB46-12Whitehaven
CH RND: 10 Newcastle40-6Oldham
CH RND: 10 Swinton4-34Halifax
CH RND: 10 Widnes30-20Sheffield
CH RND: 10 York20-22Batley
L1 RND: 7 Workington34-28Rochdale
L1 RND: 7 Hunslet16-18Doncaster
NRL RND: 15 Parramatta36-10Canterbury
NRL RND: 15 Gold Coast24-56Manly
WSL RND: 6 BradfordW10-42LeedsW
WSL RND: 6 WiganW22-8CastlefordW
WSL RND: 6 Wire W52-14WakefieldW
WSL RND: 6 YorkW24-0St.HelensW
Sat 19th Jun
L1 RND: 7 West Wales10-60Crusaders
L1 RND: 7 LondonS14-24Barrow
NRL RND: 15 Newcastle10-6NZ Warriors
NRL RND: 15 St.George22-20Canberra
NRL RND: 15 Melbourne66-16Wests
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
National Rugby League 2021 ROUND : 16
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Melbourne 15 538 194 344 26
Penrith 15 450 151 299 26
Parramatta 15 436 234 202 24
Souths 14 387 282 105 22
Sydney 14 397 255 142 18
Manly 14 371 306 65 16
 
St.George 15 321 332 -11 14
Cronulla 14 270 322 -52 12
NQL Cowboys 14 288 409 -121 12
Newcastle 15 241 372 -131 12
Canberra 14 277 343 -66 10
NZ Warriors 14 287 357 -70 10
Gold Coast 15 342 436 -94 10
Wests 15 308 440 -132 10
Brisbane 15 232 482 -250 6
Canterbury 14 172 402 -230 4
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Super League XXVI ROUND : 11
 PLDFADIFFPTSDIFFWP%
Catalans 9 268 142 126 16 188.73 88.89
St.Helens 9 208 76 132 14 273.68 77.78
Wigan 9 166 154 12 14 107.79 77.78
Warrington 10 308 159 149 15 193.71 75
Hull FC 10 243 165 78 13 147.27 65
Hull KR 10 241 212 29 12 113.68 60
 
Castleford 10 203 244 -41 10 83.20 50
Leeds 8 150 136 14 6 110.29 37.50
Huddersfield 9 158 171 -13 6 92.40 33.33
Wakefield 10 175 249 -74 4 70.28 20
Salford 10 115 297 -182 4 38.72 20
Leigh 10 156 386 -230 0 40.41 0
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Championship 2021 ROUND : 11
 PLDFADIFFPTSDIFFWP%
Toulouse 7 347 70 277 14 495.71 100
Featherstone 9 374 100 274 18 374 100
Batley 9 250 180 70 14 138.89 77.78
Bradford 9 228 216 12 14 105.56 77.78
LondonB 10 272 228 44 13 119.30 65
Halifax 10 305 139 166 12 219.42 60
 
Widnes 10 256 283 -27 9 90.46 45
York 10 239 202 37 8 118.32 40
Sheffield 10 231 279 -48 8 82.80 40
Newcastle 9 208 252 -44 7 82.54 38.89
Dewsbury 9 139 295 -156 6 47.12 33.33
Whitehaven 10 172 324 -152 5 53.09 25
Oldham 10 140 370 -230 4 37.84 20
Swinton 10 156 379 -223 0 41.16 0
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred League One 2021 ROUND : 7
 PLDFADIFFPTSDIFFWP%
Barrow 7 275 80 195 14 343.75 100
Doncaster 7 268 142 126 12 188.73 85.71
Workington 7 244 134 110 12 182.09 85.71
Keighley 6 228 147 81 6 155.10 50
Hunslet 7 162 165 -3 6 98.18 42.86
Crusaders 7 182 228 -46 6 79.82 42.86
 
Coventry 5 118 144 -26 4 81.94 40
Rochdale 7 189 230 -41 4 82.17 28.57
LondonS 6 128 236 -108 2 54.24 16.67
West Wales 7 92 380 -288 0 24.21 0
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Womens Super League 2021 ROUND : 7
 PLDFADIFFPTSDIFFWP%
LeedsW 4 256 32 224 8 800 100
WiganW 4 180 26 154 8 692.31 100
St.HelensW 4 230 30 200 6 766.67 75
CastlefordW 4 112 46 66 6 243.48 75
YorkW 4 100 102 -2 4 98.04 50
Wire W 5 138 168 -30 4 82.14 40
 
FeatherstoneW 5 102 182 -80 4 56.04 40
BradfordW 5 70 222 -152 2 31.53 20
Hudds W 5 64 250 -186 2 25.60 20
WakefieldW 4 30 224 -194 0 13.39 0
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