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Exclusive: Channel 4 to share TV coverage with Sky Sports

Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils are battling for play-off spots at the moment and with that could come the chance to appear on Channel 4 with the free-to-air broadcaster to show two play-off games live, Serious About Rugby League can confirm.

These matches will be on Saturday 30th September between third and sixth, whilst the second semi-final on Saturday 7th October which will see the league leaders take on the lowest ranked side remaining will also be shown.

Despite Channel 4’s coverage of the games, they will have to share those broadcast rights with Sky Sports who will be showing every play off game meaning the two channels will face off and compete for viewers on both occasions.

Sky have a monopoly over games this weekend. The Round 26 action will kick off on Friday September 15 with the latest instalment of the fierce local rivalry between Warrington Wolves and St Helens, the two teams currently sitting in fifth and third in the table in the thick of the battle for Play-Off places.

Then on Saturday September 16, the match between league leaders Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos in Perpignan will be followed by Hull KR v Salford Red Devils at Sewell Group Craven Park, two teams who can currently be separated only by points percentage on either side of the Play-Off divide.

Betfred Super League Rounds 24-26, Sky Sports coverage:

Round 24

Friday September 1: Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils (8pm)

Saturday September 2: Warrington Wolves v Castleford Tigers (3pm)

Round 25

Friday September 8: St Helens v Leigh Leopards (8pm)

Saturday September 9: Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (245pm)

Round 26

Friday September 15:  Warrington Wolves v St Helens (8pm)

Saturday September 16: Catalans Dragons v Leeds Rhinos (5pm BST)

Saturday September 16:  Hull KR v Salford Red Devils (730pm)

There has been a suggestion that this information has been “leaked” recently during the Catalans-Wigan game but in actual fact it was confirmed at the same time as the TV coverage for last weekend’s game in France between Catalans and Wigan with the following statement:

“Sky Sports are to provide live and exclusive coverage of two more Catalans Dragons home games from Perpignan in August and September, with the French club aiming to finish top of the Betfred Super League table for the second time in three seasons.

“Both matches are potential blockbusters, kicking off with the Round 23 visit of Wigan Warriors to Stade Gilbert Brutus on Saturday August 26, always a highlight of the Catalans’ season, and likely to be even more significant this season with the Dragons currently top of the table, and Wigan third.

“Then three weeks later in Round 26, there will be another Saturday evening showdown for Sky Sports viewers to enjoy, as Leeds Rhinos head for Perpignan with Rohan Smith’s team hoping for a repeat of last season’s late charge to the Play-Offs, and eventually to the Grand Final.

“The kick-off of that match has been brought forward by an hour, to 5pm UK time (6pm in France) while the Wigan match will kick off as scheduled, at 6pm UK time (7pm France).

“Sky Sports have already shown two Catalans home games this season, against Warrington Wolves on Easter Monday and St Helens in May, and have confirmed coverage of the return match against Saints at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Thursday 13 July.”

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