When Leigh gained there famous win over Wigan back in June, club supremo Derek Beaumont famously said that he wouldn’t swap the victory for a place in the top 8 and Super League safety.
We can understand the comment as the win meant so much to the club and town, particularly as the Warriors were World and Super League Champions at the time. Wins like that are the reasons we love this great game, but surely he’d swap the win for a win over Widnes on Sunday?
It’s one thing beating their neighbours but it’s more important for the Centurions to be hosting them in Super League again next season.
The fabulous win in France a fortnight ago has thrown the middle 8 wide open and given the Centurions a real lifeline. They looked destined for the MPG when they lost at home to the robins last month , but they made amends in the best possible way in Perpignan.
With Warrington and Hull KR looking likely to claim 2 of the 3 automatic Super League places the winner of Sundays clash at LSV will be in pole position to claim the other one.
Both sides are locked on 4 points, 2 ahead of Catalans who look destined for the million pound game.
If the Dragons get their act together there is a real chance the million pound game could be in Perpignan so finishing in the top 3 is a must. The Vikings will be hoping for the win that would det them up with a do or die clash with Catalans in the final game , provided they can get something from their games with London and Hull KR .
Whilst the race for Old Trafford gets all the headlines these games are just as important for very different reasons. Love this structure or loathe it there’s no doubt that we have a tense few weeks to see who will play in our premier competition in 2018.
This is the biggest game so far in the Middle 8 , and it’s too close to call .