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Leeds Rhinos

2017 Super League Champions

One game to go – everything to play for!  

23rd September 2018 | 8:04 pm

By Phil Daly

Nathaniel Peteru charges through to score against Hull KR in the Super 8s Qualifiers at Emerald Headingley.

There is just one round of games to go in this season’s Betfred Super League Super 8s Qualifiers but there is still everything to play for.

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There is just one round of games to go in this season’s Betfred Super League Super 8s Qualifiers but there is still everything to play for.

The Rhinos win at Halifax on Sunday saw Kevin Sinfield’s side move clear at the top of the Qualifiers with ten points from six games. In the previous three Qualifiers competitions, ten points has been enough to guarantee Super League status for the following season but, such has been the intense nature of this year’s Qualifiers, a team could yet find themselves in the Million Pound Game with ten points.

The 34-6 win at the MBI Shay does guarantee that the worst case scenario for the Rhinos is that they could end up in the Million Pound Game but there are a host of possibilities for the top six sides still in play.

Salford have the first chance to secure their spot in Super League for 2019 when they host Toulouse on Thursday night. A win for the Red Devils is enough because of their superior points difference over the rest of the competition. A win by six or more points for Toulouse would see them leap frog Hull KR for 48 hours at least until Rovers play on Sunday afternoon.

The Rhinos take centre stage on Friday night with the historic first ever meeting between the Rhinos and the Wolfpack. The simple route for the Rhinos is to win, that will guarantee top spot in the Qualifiers and match the club’s record in the 2016 Qualifiers. A draw would also guarantee a spot in Super League in 2019 given the Rhinos superior points difference over Toronto.  Things begin to get more complicated if Leeds were to lose. A narrow loss would keep the Rhinos above Toronto in the table but a heavy defeat by 32 points or more would see the Wolfpack go above the Rhinos and would leave the Emerald Headingley club waiting on Hull KR’s result on Sunday to see if they had been condemned to the Million Pound Game.

On Saturday, there is an all Championship tie between London Broncos and Halifax down in Ealing. The Broncos will know what they need to do going into the game. If Toulouse were to beat Salford on Thursday, London would need to win convincingly to go above the French side on points difference. If Danny Ward’s side win by 16 points or more they would go above Hull KR at least for 24 hours as well.

Finally on Sunday, Hull KR round off the Qualifiers against already relegated Widnes. The nightmare scenario for Rovers would be big wins for Toulouse and London, coupled with a Toronto win at Emerald Headingley. That could leave Tim Sheens side in sixth spot and going into the match with the Vikings chasing points to get into the Million Pound Game.

It is going to be a fascinating conclusion to the season. Make sure you are there on Friday night to see history in the making and to cheer the boys on, they need your support to get the all important win to secure our place in Super League. Book your tickets now and you can save money too, just go to tickets.therhinos.co.uk

Qualifiers
Thursday 27th September Salford Red Devils v Toulouse Olympique KO 1945
Friday 28th September Leeds Rhinos v Toronto Wolfpack KO 1945
Saturday 29th September London Broncos v Halifax KO 1905
Sunday 30thSeptember Hull KR v Widnes Vikings KO 1500 (Not on Sky Sports)

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