It was sweltering in the south of France as Huddersfield Giants were in town for a mid-table clash with the Catalans Dragons where the prize was eighth place in the Super League table. The Dragons were the tenants at kick off but after a poor season, the Giants had their eyes on moving in from their current ninth position.

The conditions would be draining and official water breaks were scheduled for player welfare.

The Giants appear to be turning a corner with three wins in their last five games but the Dragons are in all sorts of problems with just one win in their last eight matches.
The high flying Salford Red Devils, currently in second place in the Super League, were looking for their thirteenth victory of the season against a Hull FC side who are currently in fifth place, and who had their eyes on ending the night in third spot.

Both sides have hopes of Old Trafford and tonights' game would give an indication of which of these two sides are the real deal in 2017.

It’s that 'time of the season' and both sides were missing a number of stars. The Red Devils were noticibly missing Jones and Tonkins while Hull FC were without the services of Houghton and Sneyd.
Leigh Centurions hadn’t beaten tonight’s Super League ‘State of Mind’ opponents Wigan Warriors for thirty-three years.

A win would lift the hosts above the Widnes Vikings and off the bottom of the league, but the victory was also crucial for Wigan who were in danger of slipping out of touch with the all-important top four and out of the play-off place that their fans demand.

Both sides were struggling with injuries and were without many first choice first teamers. Leigh were notably without Hock and Higham, and Wigan without the suspended Farrell and injured skipper O’Loughlin amongst many others.
After last weekends excitement in Blackpool, the Kingstone Press Championship returned to regular weekly rounds for games in round sixteen as the jostling for the all-important top four continued.

All games kicked-off simultaneously on Sunday afternoon with the most mouthwatering prospect being a clash between the league leaders Hull KR at fourth placed Featherstone Rovers. Toulouse had a trip to Batley to take on the Bulldogs while fifth placed Halifax were at third placed London Broncos in another intriguing fixture.

Elsewhere the Bulls were at Dewsbury, the Eagles hosted the Hornets and Swinton welcomed Oldham.
Championship One leaders Toronto Wolfpack welcomed the league fourteenth placed side Coventry Bears to the Lamport Stadium, with the part-timers looking for their second win of the season in their ninth outing, having only previously won at home against Oxford.

Most pundits believe that it was just a matter of how many Toronto would win by, and whether they would be able to keep the visitors scoreless in the Toronto sunshine.
Fifth placed Hull FC had a chance to return to the top four when they welcomed sixth placed Wigan Warriors to the KCOM Stadium for a Saturday tea-time kick-off.

Both sides came into the game low on confidence after defeats in their last two outings. FC recorded a narrow two point win when the sides met at the DW Stadium at the end of March, holding on after leading 18-0 at the interval. The win today was crucial for both sides top four aspirations.

Both sides are suffering with long injury lists. Hull were without a number of key players including influential half-back and kicker Marc Sneyd while the Warriors were without skipper Sean O'Loughlin, a late withdrawal due to a hamstring problem.
The Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane was the setting for the eagerly anticipated opening game of the 2017 State of Origin Series.

This was the 109th State of Origin meeting between the two intense rivals. The Blues of New South Wales were the favourites going into the game, mainly due to the absence of a number of key players from the Queensland side, including the inspiration Johnathan Thurston for the first time in thirteen years.

The Blues were looking to overcome an abysmal record which has seen them win the series just once in the last eleven years, but history was on the side of Queensland who have won almost two thirds of all games played at Lang Park.
Hull FC arrived at the Catalans Dragons having slipped to fifth in the table but knowing that a vistory over the struggling French side would see them complete the Bank Holiday in second spot. The home side were on an awful run of form without a win in the last three and on the receiving end of some big scores.

It was a close game when the two sides met in Hull at the end of February when the Dragons won by 16-14 thanks to six Luke Walsh goals despite being outscored two tries to one. Both sides were without a number of first team choices but both came into the game desperate for a win to re-discover some form.

A win for the Dragons would lift them into eighth place above Warrington Wolves who lost at home to Saford Red Devils earlier in the afternoon.
After the excitement of the Championship Summer Bash it was Super League which again took centre stage with five round sixteen Bank Holiday Monday fixtures.

League leaders Castleford Tigers, on the back of a tough home win against Widnes Vikings, had a trip to second bottom Leigh Centurions who themselves stunned Hull FC with a great victory on Friday evening.

A win for Leigh would see them into tenth and above the Huddersfield Giants, and more importantly just two points behind Warrington Wolves in eighth. The maths were more simple for the Tigers, two points would see them back clear at the top of the pile.
The Summer Bash drew to a close with the heavy woollen derby between the Batley Bulldogs and the Dewsbury Rams.

Dewsbury have registered wins in both encounters between the two sides in 2017 (league and cup) and the Bulldogs coach Neil Kelly will have been planning the downfall of Matt Diskins’ side to win the local bragging rights.

Dewsbury have just one win all season and while Batley have fared a little better they needed the win to rejoin Sheffield Eagles on fourteen points, six behind Halifax in fifth spot.
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