Derek Beaumont hits back at criticism from rival fans

Round 27 could be one of the biggest ever as Wigan Warriors, Catalans Dragons and St Helens battle for the League Leaders’ Shield and Warrington Wolves and Salford Red Devils battle for the final play off spot.

However, there is something to play for between Hull KR and Leigh Leopards with the two both looking for home advantage when they meet in the first week of the play offs.

This makes the game between Leigh and Wigan even bigger and the game is set for a sell out but Leigh have been criticised for using up seats for their live music performance.

Derek Beaumont has responded to this.

He said on social media:

“Not about being able to see the band as can do that on the screen it’s apparently a safety issue. We challenged it hard from the off but have failed.

“It’s a shame as would be couple hundred more could watch not to mention the income it can generate.”

The game has been selected to be the lead fixture in a historic show case of rugby.

With three teams currently level on points at the top of the table, and equally fierce battles for every position in the top six Play-Offs, the sport’s broadcast partners have agreed that all six Round 27 fixtures should be played next Friday, September 22.

Sky Sports will announce on Saturday night, after this weekend’s round of fixtures, which match will lead their coverage.

In addition to full match coverage of one game, they will also have cameras and reporters at all fixtures that stand a chance of affecting the shape of the Play-Offs, meaning viewers won’t miss a thing next Friday night.

Meanwhile RL Commercial are making arrangements to ensure the League Leaders’ Shield can be presented to the winners on Friday night – at Leigh, Salford or St Helens.

Rhodri Jones, the Managing Director of RL Commercial, said:

“With only two rounds remaining of this competitive and compelling Betfred Super League season, it is

impossible to predict with confidence exactly what will be at stake in Round 27.

“We are grateful to Sky Sports for making special arrangements which allow all six matches to be played on Friday night, meaning no late switches for supporters who are planning to attend in person, and an action-packed last night for viewers.”