Jukes: Final round games should kick off together

Leigh Centurions head coach Neil Jukes says the final round of matches in the Super 8s and the Qualifiers should kick off at the same time.

Although Leigh will definitely be in the Million Pound Game, the venue of the fixture is still yet to be decided.

If the Centurions win away to London on Friday night and Widnes beat Catalans in Perpignan on Saturday evening, then Jukes’ team will have home advantage in the MPG against the Dragons.

However should the French outfit be victorious over the Vikings, then the latter will play Leigh in the MPG with home advantage decided by points difference.

Widnes currently have a superior points difference (+90) over Leigh (+62) and could still lose in France but be at home next week.

By playing second Denis Betts’ side will have the advantage of knowing all the possible outcomes, something Jukes thinks needs to change due to the significance of the matches.

“Other sports can learn off rugby league but we can certainly learn off other sports,” Jukes told the Leigh Journal.

“You look at the Premier League and their last games kick off on the same day, at the same time.

“So, this round of matches should all kick-off at the same time when there are such important things to be decided.”

Current situation:

Pos. Team. For. Against. Points

3. Widnes, 176, 86, 8pts

4. Catalans, 120, 131 8pts

5. Leigh, 162, 100, 6pts