Marcus Griffiths set to officiate days after vile abuse whilst Chris Kendall takes marquee matchup

The climax of the season is approaching and after Wigan Warriors impressive victory over Catalans Dragons last week there is still a key race for the top two, whilst a loss for Leeds Rhinos saw their playoff hopes dwindle.

Friday marks the start of round 24 of the 2023 Super League campaign and there’s plenty to be decided all across the table, be it the race for the League Leaders Shield, the epic fight for the final playoff spots in fifth and sixth, or the relegation battle between Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity.

There are huge implications for each and every win, particularly given that sixth and seventh placed Salford and Hull KR are level on points and points difference.

Both sides play on Friday night with Rovers hosting top of the table Catalans, whilst Salford travel to local rivals Wigan. The other fixture on Friday sees Leigh host Huddersfield with the Leopards aiming to get back in the win column.

The match officials for these games and the other three fixtures in the round have been confirmed with Chris Kendall set to take charge of the televised clash between Wigan and Salford.

Ben Thaler will take charge at Craven Park whereas Liam Moore will operate the whistle for Leigh and Huddersfield’s clash with brother Aaron serving as touch judge.

Saturday’s games see Hull FC host Leeds Rhinos which will be officiated by Tom Grant, whilst the televised game of Warrington Wolves versus Castleford Tigers is set to be overseen by Jack Smith.

Sunday’s game sees Wakefield Trinity face in form St Helens with Trinity’s hopes of a great escape looking slimmer and slimmer, but in charge for them will be Marcus Griffiths.

Griffiths takes charge of Sunday’s game just days after he revealed the horrific homophobic abuse and death threats he had received, something that the RFL have condemned and are looking into.

A full list of the match officials for round 24 of Super League can be seen below.

Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils
1st September, KO: 20:00
M Com: K. Leyland
Referee: C. Kendall
Reserve Referee: R. Cox
Touch Judge 1: L. Rush
Touch Judge 2: M. Craven
Video Referee: T. Grant
Reserve Touch Judge: A. Williams
Time Keeper: N. Hope

Hull KR v Catalans Dragons
1st September, KO: 20:00
M Com: P. Crashley
Referee: B. Thaler
Reserve Referee: A. Belafonte
Touch Judge 1: J. Vella
Touch Judge 2: C. Worsley
In Goal: S. Jenkinson
In Goal 2: K. Moore
Time Keeper: M. Hebblethwaite

Leigh Leopards v Huddersfield Giants
1st September, KO: 20:00
M Com: P. Taberner
Referee: L. Moore
Reserve Referee: M. Smaill
Touch Judge 1: A. Moore
Touch Judge 2: A. Smith
In Goal: M. Lynn
In Goal 2: D. Arnold
Time Keeper: A. Mills

Warrington Wolves v Castleford Tigers
2nd September, KO: 15:00
M Com: A. Mills
Referee: J. Smith
Reserve Referee: L. Moore
Touch Judge 1: J. Roberts
Touch Judge 2: W. Turley
Video Referee: M. Griffiths
Reserve Touch Judge: C. Griffiths
Time Keeper: K. Leyland

Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos
2nd September, KO: 15:00
M Com: G. Kershaw
Referee: T. Grant
Reserve Referee: N. Horton
Touch Judge 1: C. Kendall
Touch Judge 2: R. Thompson
In Goal: G. Jones
In Goal 2: P. Brooke
Time Keeper: D. Milburn

Wakefield Trinity v St Helens
3rd September, KO: 15:00
M Com: P. Hewitt
Referee: M. Griffiths
Reserve Referee: B. Thaler
Touch Judge 1: J. Smith
Touch Judge 2: N. Horton
In Goal: T. Gibbs
In Goal 2: J. Stearne
Time Keeper: S. Williams