The final weekend of the Qualifiers would determine the final automatic Super League 2017 position (either Huddersfield Giants or Hull KR), and also determine who would be playing in the million pound game next weekend.
The loser of the game between the Giants and KR would be the home team against either Salford Red Devils or, should Salford slip up against Batley Bulldogs, the London Broncos. If the Broncos could beat Featherstone by sixty points more than Salford beat Batley, then the Broncos would also make the million pound game.
It was a fitting end to the Super 8s as the top two met at the KCOM Stadium in Hull with the winners taking the Minor Premiership and the loser likely to be passed by Wigan and drop to third spot where they would be playing away in the semi-finals next weekend.
Tony Smith made a number of positional and personnel changes after last weekends loss to the Warriors, when they should have been sealing the minor premiership as he hoped his side would stop an unchanged FC completing the second leg of their intended 2016 treble.
A win tonight would make, or a loss could break, respective seasons.
With both the Rhinos and the Centurions already guaranteed Super League places for next season all that was to play for at Headingley was the pride of finishing at the top of the Super 8s Qualifiers table.
As an added incentive, the Bev Risman Trophy would be competed for for the first time in honour of the Leeds and Leigh legend.
Leigh brought a five month long unbeaten record to Headingley and we're taking on a Rhinos side who lost at Huddersfield last weekend and who were without a handful of regular first-teamers including McGuire, Burrow, and Garbutt.
With the Leeds Rhinos and Leigh Centurions already confirmed for Super League in 2017 all attention turned to the third automatic promotion place and the intrigue of which sides would be involved in the Million Pound Game.
The Red Devils trip to London Broncos looked to be crucial, as did the Huddersfield Giants home game with Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR's trip to Featherstone Rovers.
It would be a crucial and surprising week in the Qualifiers.
Fifth space was up for grabs as the Catalans Dragons entertained the Castleford Tigers at the Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan. The Tigers needed a win and hope that they won and that the Dragons would lose in the final round next weekend.
A win for the Dragons would seal fifth spot for the home side, and confirm that the Tigers would end the season in sixth.
The Tigers were without talisman Rangi Chase who was suspended as the Dragons looked to end their home fixtures for the season on a high.
It was simply a 'must win' game for both Salford Red Devils and London Broncos as they met in the Saturday afternoon Super Eights Qualifier at the A.J. Bell Stadium.
A fifty-seven point win would see the Red Devils up into third spot ahead of tomorrow's games. This would see them in the final automatic promotion berth, but a loss would see them odds on for the Million Pound Game.
Anything but a win for the Broncos would signal the end of their promotion hopes and would rule them out of the Million Pound game.
This was the night that Warrington Wolves should have been crowned minor premiers. A win would be enough to seal the deal and see the Wolves at the top of the pile for the first time since 2011. But Wigan had their own agenda, needing a win to maintain their chances of a top two finish and a home tie in the play offs.
The Wolves welcomed back Daryl Clark and Joe Westerman to the side who beat Widnes last round and the Warriors were unchanged from the side who beat Hull FC last weekend.
Hull FC fans were desperate for a Wigan win to give them a shot at the League Leaders Shield, but a packed Halliwell-Jones were there to create an electric atmosphere and cheer their side home.
Hull FC travelled to Wakefield knowing that a loss would signal the end of their treble hopes, and be a third consecutive post-cup final defeat. Any continuation of their shocking downturn in form could see them finish the season in fourth spot.
For Wakefield, the only prize on offer was that of denying their opponents the title as they are already confirmed as finishing eighth, thanks to an awful points difference against the only side that they could catch on league points.
It was a hot and humid night in Wakefield as the sides took to the field.
Round five of the Super Eights Qualifiers would conclude with us knowing two of the four sides who would be playing Super League in 2017 along with the one side who, barring a miracle, would be playing Championship rugby next year.
The Rhinos had a home game against the Bulldogs on Friday evening while Saturday afternoon saw the Giants travel to the Centurions. On Sunday Hull KR travelled south to take on the Broncos while the Red Devils hosted Featherstone Rovers.
Into round five of the Super Eights Qualifiers and a crunch match at the Leigh Sports Village between the Centurions and the Giants. A win for Leigh would see them guaranteed Super League in 2017 but a loss would see the home side drop to third behind today's opponents.
Leigh were unchanged from the side who defeated Hull KR in round four, but the Giants were without Eorl Crabtree and Tom Symonds.
It was a large and expectant Leigh crowd hoping for a momentous game on a sunny afternoon.
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