The penultimate round of matches in the Super League continues on Saturday when we have four matches taking place on what should be an excellent and potentially pivotal day of rugby league as we head towards the conclusion of the regular season.
Among these four matches we have one which is on the TV. The other matches will need to be followed on social media or radio commentaries with I would imagine highlights and reaction in the TV broadcast.
Saturday’s fixtures are as follows: (UK kick off and TV in brackets)
Hull FC vs Wigan Warriors (15.00)
Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils (15.00)
Catalans Dragons vs Huddersfield Giants (18.00)
Hull KR vs Castleford Tigers (19.45 – Sky Sports Arena)
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The early action focuses on the play-off spots and potentially the places within them. Hull FC might have seen their hopes of reaching the postseason end with that agonising loss to Leeds Rhinos at the Magic Weekend but it will definitely go if they don’t beat Wigan Warriors on Saturday afternoon. The Warriors look safe in the top four now, as do the Warrington Wolves who play host to the Salford Red Devils in a match which doesn’t carry as much meaning as it might have done on another occasion.
It will be a celebration down in France where the Catalans Dragons will celebrate their League Leaders’ Shield success when they host a Huddersfield Giants side who will probably want to spoil the party but probably don’t have the tools to do it. The biggest match of the day is saved for last as Hull KR take on the Castleford Tigers in front of the TV cameras. Castleford will confirm their play-off spot with a win here but a Hull KR win will see three teams fighting for two places in the postseason next week.
A few of the bookmakers can’t split the Castleford Tigers and Hull KR and those who can actually make the Robins favourites to win but I’m not sure I can have it that way. Magic Weekend form can be dangerous to use because teams raise their game for the big stage but Hull KR went there off the back of three straight defeats and although they eventually got the better of the Leigh Centurions you wouldn’t say there was much that was convincing about it.
Castleford Tigers have been playing with the backs against the wall for a few weeks now in terms of reaching the top six and they have generally flourished under the pressure. I don’t necessarily think they were at their best in the win over Salford Red Devils last week but given they were without a half-back pairing they were more than acceptable. Danny Richardson returns here to help out in that department and that change can make the Tigers a more formidable outfit and see off a Hull KR side for whom the pressure of needing to finish the season looks to be getting to them.
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