Two sides with a chance of guaranteeing themselves a place in Super League in 2018 met in Perpignan as the Dragons faced the Vikings.

To the winners a guaranteed return to Super League; for the losers the Million Pound Game and an appointment with the Leigh Centurions next Saturday afternoon for that final place in the top flight.

The tension was palpable as the two sides entered a cauldron-like Stade Gilbert Brutus.
With nothing to play for, and big games on the horizon, coach Powell opted to rest a number of his stars as Hull FC visited the Mend-A-Hose Jungle to take on his all-conquering table-topping side.

Hull would have been delighted at the Tigers team sheet as they knew that a draw would be enough to secure them third spot and leave Wigan needing to do the impossible on Saturday afternoon and beat Wakefield by ninety-one clear points to get themselves above Saints.

A loss for FC would give tomorrows game a totally different complexion as a win of any description for the Warriors would be enough for them to steal fourth spot after entering the Super Eights in seventh.
The maths were pretty simple as St. Helens visited the AJ Bell Stadium to take on a Salford Red Devils side already in wind down, and with nothing to play for. A win would put them in the box seat for a top four finish, and the play-offs, but a loss would see them overtaken by the winner of the Warriors game with Trinity on Saturday afternoon.

Justin Holbrooks side had no room for slip-ups but nothing was more certain than Marwan Koukash having spent the week putting pressure on coach Ian Watson to spoil the Saints party.

One sides season would definitely end tonight, but the travelling fans from Saints wondered whether it would be both sides, or would their side live to fight another day.
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With Warrington and Hull KR already sure of Super League in 2018 no other side could guarantee joining them in Round Six, but a loss for any of the challenges could signal the end of their quest for automatic promotion and condemn them to the Million Pound Game.

Friday night saw a crucial game for the Catalans Dragons at Hull KRs promotion party while Leigh Centurions were giving their home fixture with Halifax their full attention. Saturday saw Widnes Vikings looking to maintain third spot against the London Broncos while on Sunday Warrington took on Featherstone.
There will have been some mouthfuls of tea spat out in the Widnes Vikings and Leigh Centurions board rooms when Hull KR named their squad for tonight’s clash with the Catalans Dragons. Already assured of a return to Super League in 2018 coach Tim Sheens loaded his side with junior, and out of favour, players and named a side without the lion share of his first teamers.

The Catalans Dragons camp will have been delighted when they first glimpsed the Robins team sheet as, while they were without the services of a couple of regulars, they could still call upon most of their stars as they looked to get a crucial two league points. A win could see them finish the weekend in the all-important third place and with their destiny in their own hands next week when they play Widnes in the south of France.

The Dragons had been thrown an incredible lifeline, they just needed to grasp it with both hands.
It was the game that neither side could afford to lose as Hull FC played hosts to Wakefield Trinity at the KCOM in the Thursday night game.

A win for FC would as good as guarantee them a play-off semi-final spot (Saints would need to win their remaining two games against Huddersfield and Salford, and FC would need to lose their last game at Castleford for them to slip up). A win for Wakefield would see Trinity go above FC and set them up for a play off for the play offs when they meet the Warriors in the final round.

It couldn’t possibly have been tighter in terms of league positions but the bookies had FC as the favourites for the win.
The fifth round of seven in the Super Eights Qualifiers was the weekend when two sides were to guarantee their inclusion on n the Super League competition for 2018.

Warrington knew that a win over the Leigh Centurions would guarantee their safety and Hull KR were depending on a Warrington win, and their own victory, to secure a return to the top flight at the first time of asking.

Elsewhere the Catalans Dragons were desperate for a home win against Featherstone Rovers while London Broncos and Halifax both needed a win to keep alive their outside hopes of the Million Pound Game.
With Warrington Wolves and Hull KR having just booked their places in Super League 2018, all attention turned to the south of France and the battle for the remaining spot, and the two places in the Million Pound game, as a winless Featherstone Rovers made the trip to the South of France to take on a so-far disappointing Catalans Dragons.

The Dragons were without the services of the suspended Greg Bird as they went into the game desperate for the two points against the side from West Yorkshire who have struggled in the qualifiers.

A massive points win for the Dragons would incredibly see them above Widnes into third spot but a win of any description would see them go fourth and into the home berth for the Million Pound game.
The second Saturday in September promised to be a defining one in the season of our sides fighting for places and promotion in the Qualifying eights. While Warrington were hosting Leigh with a change to practically guarantee Super League rugby in 2018, Hull KR and the Widnes Vikings were meeting at the KCOM Craven Park with each looking to get the upper hand in their struggle for a top three place.

A win for Hull KR would maintain their unbeaten run and depending on the outcome at the Halliwell-Jones could guarantee promotion to Super League but a win for the visitors would lift them above KR into second spot in the table and leave both clubs needing more points.

Both sides were without a number of key first teamers and the stakes couldn’t have been higher as careers and club futures were on the line.
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