The league leaders Castleford were slight favourites with the bookies as they headed to Headingley to take on the Leeds Rhinos side who were keen to narrow the Tigers league lead to four points and depending on Salfordís result to go second.

Both sides were without a number of key players but on paper were evenly matched coming into the fixture which many pundits thought was too close to call.

The Rhinos havenít beaten the Tigers in the last six meetings, and Castleford have won the two encounters this season by a comfortable margin with a big 66-10 win at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle back in March and a 29-18 win in Newcastle at the Magic Weekend.
It was bottom against second bottom as the Leigh Centurions made the short trip down the M62 to Widnes to take on the Vikings. Both sides are desperate for the win to keep alive any hopes of a top eight finish and avoiding the dreaded middle eights competition.

A victory for Leigh would lift them above the Warrington Wolves and into tenth place, four points behind eighth placed Wigan Warriors but defeat to Widnes would see them drop below the Viking to the bottom of the table.

Although this was the weekendís basement fixture there was enough at stake to make it a mouthwatering prospect.
The ANZ Stadium in Sydney was the venue of State of Origin game two as the Maroons of Queensland looked to square the series with a buoyant New South Wales Blues.

NSW named an unchanged side from that which was victorious in game one but QLD made a number of changes, including the inspirational Billy Slater and Johnathan Thurston.

Expectations were high for a rip-roaring game with everything to play for, but NSW seemed the be the favourites with most pundits.
Round Eighteen of the Kingstone Press Championship took place over a weekend of scorching temperatures and threw up some high scoring matches.

On Saturday evening second and third were brought together as London Broncos travelled to Toulouse. Then on Sunday the remaining four matches were played out on Sunday with Featherstone and Swinton having their match postponed until Wednesday after the Rovers Cup involvement.

Batley took on Sheffield, the leaders KR were at home to Dewsbury, Halifax were at Oldham and Rochdale entertained Bradford.
The latest hurdle on Castleford Tigers seemingly unstoppable journey to Challenge Cup victory at Wembley on the 26th August were the Black & Whites of Hull FC. The Tigers were in town on a scorching afternoon in Hull and were slight favourites with the bookies.

The Tigers are currently seven points ahead of Fourth placed Hull in the Super League table and while the Tigers have been consistent for the whole season, Hull have been the league's Jekyll and Hyde, mixing sublime with ridiculous performances.

It was the Cup holders against the best side in the land, it was undoubtedly the tie of the round.
The draw for the semi finals of the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup took place at the KCOM Stadium in Hull and included the remaining four sides who made it through their quarter final ties this weekend, made up with two sides from either side of the Pennines.

The draw was broadcast live on BBC2 and across other BBC media, with the teams being drawn out by rugby league favourites Danny Brough and Barry Johnson.
It was red hot in Warrington for the prime slot Saturday afternoon BBC TV fixture between a struggling Wolves side and a Wigan outfit having a mixed season that had them off their usual high league position. The pre-match warm up brought another blow for the Wolves with Kevin Brown having to withdraw making way for Declan Patton to be drafted in.

The Warriors welcomed back Sam Tomkins for his first game since last September, Gelling from a six week absence and Bateman for only his second game of the season. Would the return of some of the Wigan old guard prove too much for the out of form Wolves to secure a semi final spot?
All of the Super League clubs would have been looking for Featherstone Rovers in the draw for the quarter finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. The Rhinos were the lucky recipients with a home tie against the only remaining Championship side and were massive favourites with the bookies.

Coach McDermott rang the changes, resting a number of first teamers after a testing and intensive period of Super League. Many Rhinos supporters were interested to take a look at Cory Aston, the Rhinos half-back on a season long loan to Rovers.

All pre-match indications were that it would be the Rhinos joining Salford Red Devils in the hat for the semi-finals draw, the perfect conditions for a cup shock.
The quarter finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup got underway at the A.J. Bell Stadium where Salford Red Devils hosted Wakefield Trinity in a top of the table clash which had the bookies and pundits guessing.

The Red Devils had the home advantage but there are only two Super League points separating them in second place and fifth placed Wakefield Trinity, both sides having excellent seasons.

Despite the Red Devils being the slight favourites, Trinity won 24-22 at home in March and picked up a 34-24 win at the A.J. Bell a fortnight ago giving Salford with two reasons for Challenge Cup revenge.
Round Seventeen of the Kingstone Press Championship got underway with a Saturday afternoon fixture at Toulouse, where Olympique entertained Rochdale Hornets.

There were some intriguing games on Sunday afternoon with high-flying Featherstone at the Bulls, Dewsbury looking for a third consecutive win at London, and Halifax needing a victory at Sheffield to maintain their push for a place in the top four.

League leaders Hull KR had simple looking trip to Oldham while Swinton were the hosts for the visit of Batley Bulldogs.
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