As Warrington Wolves and St Helens battle this afternoon, the Wolves know they will meet Wigan Warriors next week if they win and Champions St Helens will go to Catalans Dragons next week if they defeat the Wire today.
A massive game added a but of extra space by a dewy surface which has created some slip and slide.
As ever there has been some tensions namely at a scrum when Jordy Crowther and his opposite numbers had some choice words for each other as they tried to assemble.
Ben Thaler was not impressed with these antics and could be heard shouting: “Oy! We won’t be having it.”
With a semi-final awaiting against Wigan Warriors or Catalans Dragons for St Helens and Warrington Wolves met in a massive game.
A big game always, they are two major rivals hoping to sustain their title hopes. Saints went into the game having been champions for 1449 days whilst Warrington have never held the Super League title.
It was also 1,821 days since Saints lost a play off game which came against Warrington in 2018 – 18-13.
It was also a final home game for St Helens legends James Roby and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.
The Saints showed some early brilliance when a lovely move sent Tommy Makinson down field.
He kicked ahead and Matty Ashton cleared up in a play that cost the Saints Joe Batchelor.
The Saints squandered the next possession but again blew holes into the Warrington defence with Morgan Knowles powering through before a short James Bell pass looked set to put Mark Percival through a gap to score but he lost the ball.
We saw another excellent break from Saints when Jack Welsby wrong footed Jordy Crowther and broke down field but great cover defence from James Harrison and Matt Dufty denied him.
But eventually Saints opened the deadlock with a short ball to Curtis Sironen and he found Lewis Dodd in support to score under the sticks.