For most neutrals today's Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final was just too close to call as Hull FC defended their trophy against the most successful side in the competitions history, the Wigan Warriors.

Both coaches had near fully fit squads to choose from, many with cup winning experience, and fully understanding what today's massive event means to both sets of supporters and the game in general.

Wigan were the slight favourites with the bookies, but there really was nothing to choose between the sides, and the scene was set for a cracker of an encounter.
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Coaches Wane and Radford have named their squads for this weekends much anticipated Challenge Cup final between the cup holders and the most successful side in the competitions history.

This will be the Wigan Warriors thirty-second Challenge Cup final appearance, having lifted the trophy on nineteen occasions. Hull FC are taking part in the showpiece event for the seventeenth time and have four previous wins to their name, including last years 12-10 victory over the Warrington Wolves.
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We know that we’ll upset one, or more, groups of supporters, that we will court controversy, and that we’ll probably pick up a degree of criticism. But we can't leave it any longer.

We're so excited about the unfolding drama that is the Super Eights Qualifiers that we've taken a look at the remaining programme and made our round by round predictions. This in turn has given us our final Qualifiers table and as a result the teams that we think will be automatically playing Super League in 2018.

We will then know the participants in the Million Pound Game and we’ll take a look at that too and predict who we think will be joining the other three in the top flight.
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On paper the game of the third round of the Super League Qualifiers was Catalans Dragons home game against Leigh Centurions with both sides needing the post that a win would bring as they continued the fight for their Super League lives.

Also on Saturday was Warrington Wolves encounter with Halifax at the Halliwell-Jones. Warrington were looking to keep their unbeaten run going while Halifax were still looking for their first points.

On Sunday London Broncos visited Hull KR and Widnes Vikings were the hosts for the visit of Featherstone Rovers.
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It was difficult to over-exaggerate the importance of this afternoons clash between the struggling Catalans Giants and a Leigh Centurions who suffered a setback at the hands of Hull KR last week. Both sides knew that a loss today could signal an end to automatic promotion and condemn the losing side to the dreaded Million Pound Game.

Leigh Centurions came into the game sitting third, despite last week’s loss, but the Catalans Dragons are already in all sorts of trouble in fifth spot, the away position for the end of season sudden death play off.
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It was top against bottom in the Super Eights Qualifiers as Warrington Wolves looked to make the best out of a poor season as they took on a Halifax side with no wins in their first two games.

Halifax lost heavily to Widnes in round two but got much closer to causing an upset against Hull KR in round one. The Wolves have been confident in their two comfortable victories and are clear favourites with the bookies to finish at the top of the pile.

The Wolves were massive favourites to take the spoils with no-one giving ‘Fax any chance of even getting close to the Super League outfit.
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While round three of the Super League Super Eights cleared up the issue of the League Leaders Shield it still posed more questions than answers from Thursday and Friday nights games.

Wakefield went to Castleford to try and spoil their party, while Leeds used the visit of St Helens to say goodbye to their famous South Stand.

Both of next weeks Cup finalists were in action with Hull FC at home to bottom side Huddersfield and Wigan hosting a Salford Red Devils side looking to halt a long losing streak.
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It was to be a night of emotion as the Leeds Rhinos said goodbye to the iconic South Stand, the home of the hardcore of the Rhinos supporters since its construction in 1932. While the Leeds players were undoubtedly aware of the emotion of the occasion, coach McDermott had spent the week focussing his side to get the victory to keep them on track for a top two finish.

But Saints were also keen for a win which woudl lift them into the top four as they jostle for a play-off position and a shot at the Grand Final.

There is one change for the Rhinos who lost heavily to Wakefield Trinity last weekend with Walker stepping into the full back berth in place of Golding. For Saints there were no changes to the seventeen who lost 8-6 to Hull FC last weekend.
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Tonight's game at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle was billed as the inauguration of the Castleford Tigers as the 2017 League Leaders. The League Leaders trophy was waiting in the wings to be presented in the case of a draw or victory for the home side, but Trinity were in town and determined to spoil the party, just as they had last week when the Rhinos visited Wakefield last week.

The last time that the two sides met it was the Tigers who recorded a 25-24 victory, thanks to a late Luke Gale drop goal, but in the early season meeting at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle it was a far more comfortable 42-24 win.

The bookies had the Tigers as clear favourites but would nerves get the best of them and allow Trinity to postpone their moment of glory.
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Tonight's Game at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle is heading for a sell-out as Castleford Tigers look to secure their first Minor Premiership of the Super League era, and top the table for the first time in their ninety-one year history.

The club have reported that there are less than 500 tickets still available for the clash with Wakefield Trinity and the RFL have confirmed that either a draw or a victory tonight would see Daryl Powell’s side being presented with the League Leaders Shield.
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