It was written in the 'shooting' stars that tonight would be the night that the Castleford Tigers would get within a mathematical whisker of the minor premiership as they travelled to the A J Bell Stadium in Salford to take on a Red Devils side desperate for the two points.

Depending on results elsewhere, a win could lift the Red Devils into fourth, but a loss could see them losing touch with the play-off places. Castleford were looking to avoid a second consecutive loss and the bookies favoured them taking the points with some ease.

It would come down to which side wanted it the most.
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The second round of the Super League Super Eights got underway as the second placed Leeds Rhinos made the short trip to Wakefield to take on sixth placed Trinity. The home side were seeking a turnaround in their recent form and a return to the play-off positions but the Rhinos wanted to points to reduce Castleford Tigers lead at the top to six points.

Chris Chester welcomed back Jacob Miller from a broken leg as he made a few positional changes to the side which were beaten heavily at Huddersfield Giants last weekend. Leeds coach Brian McDermott made just one change as Rob Burrow came into the seventeen as he returned from injury with Jordan Lilley stepping aside.

The bookies and pundits could only see a Rhinos victory, but no-one told Wakefield.
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The second round of the Super League Super Eights kicks off with a Thursday night derby between Wakefield Trinity and the Leeds Rhinos.

The remaining three fixtures take place on Friday night with Minor Premiers elect Castleford Tigers away at fourth placed Salford Red Devils, sixth placed resurgent St Helens looking to jump over their opponent Hull FC into third spot and the bottom two, Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants battling it out at the DW Stadium.
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The Super Eights Qualifiers got underway this weekend with seven games standing between six sides and their Super League and Championship futures. For two sides there will be an extra eighth game, the Million Pound Match, where the winner takes all in terms of promotion.

Warrington Travelled to Widnes on Friday night, with games between Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions and the Catalans Dragons and London Broncos on Saturday afternoon. The remaining fixture between Hull KR and Halifax was a Sunday afternoon kick-off.
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After suffering their first defeat of the season in the opening game of the Championship One Super 8s at the hands of the York City Knights, the previously all-conquering Toronto Wolfpack travelled to Cumbria to take on Workington Town.

The Wolfpack demonstrated their vulnerability last week, and after Workington Town registered a victory over Newcastle Thunder in the opening round of the eights, they came into today's game full of confidence.

Poor weather conditions were a potential leveller but Toronto were still firm favourites.
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It was a sweltering south of France that was the backdrop for the opening game of the qualifiers for the Catalans Dragons and London Broncos. It is unthinkable that the Dragons would not make it back into Super League but the Broncos also have their eye on the big prize.

The Dragons were stunned by the mid-week news that under confused circumstances Tony Gigot was back under suspension after previously winning an appeal against a two year sentence and the Broncos would have been hoping to catch them cold at the start of the competition.

The Broncos had a great Championship season finishing second to runaway leaders Hull KR and the Dragons would have been concerned about their opening fixture.
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In the opening round of what many consider the most exciting end-of-season competition, the qualifying eights saw the visit of Leigh Centurions to Featherstone Rovers. After last nights win for the Warrington Wolves over the Widnes Vikings, both of these sides were looking for the best possible start to their campaign.

All sides have had their points re-set to zero with the prize, in seven games time, being progress into Super League for 2018. The teams finishing fourth and fifth will play off in a crucial final game for the last Super League place, with the disappointed four playing in the Championship next year.

The Centurions were the favourites with the bookies and the pundits, but with home advantage Rovers were looking to spring a surprise and make the perfect start to their promotion push.
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Despite the two sides meeeting just a fortnight ago at the DW Stadium, it was a massively different Rhinos line up who began their Super Eights campaign at home to the Cup Finalists, Wigan Warriors.

The Warriors were 34-0 winners in the final round of the regular season and fielded a side with just three changes; Liam Farrell in the starting line up for Willie Isa, with the second rower moving to the bench where he was joined by Josh Ganson who was in for the suspended Sam Powell. Jack Wells also missed out for the Warriors.

Neither side would be able to change position at the end of the night but two points for the Rhinos would edge them closer to a play off place and would make it increasingly difficult for Wigan to make the top four.
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The Super Eights arrived with a bang as the champions elect, Castleford Tigers, welcomed a St Helens side striving for a top four finish and a berth in the play-offs.

Remarkably, Matty Smith was back in the Saints line-up after suffering an horrific eye injury in the way game at Leeds Rhinos at the end of June. The Tigers were mostly unchanged with Grant Millington back in the starting line-up and a couple of changes on the bench.

A win for the Tigers would put them just two points from the Minor Premiership, a win for Saints would lift them into third spot ahead of the rest of the round being completed.
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It has been announced that Rangi Chase has been suspended from all training and playing activity at Widnes Vikings after testing positive for the use of cocaine.

Widnes were informed of the result after Chase was tested following his sides 36-8 defeat against Wakefield Trinity on the 14th July. Having been told of the immediate suspension by the UK Anti-Doping body and the Rugby Football League the Vikings stated that 'The club fully respects this suspension and are currently reviewing this matter.
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