This weekend was a huge one with Leeds Rhinos fighting for their season, Wigan Warriors battling for the League Leaders’ Shield and Warrington Wolves and St Helens colliding in a massive fixture.
There was also a real fight for survival between Wakefield Trinity and Castleford Tigers as well as a crucial meeting in the scrap for play off spots as Hull KR and Salford Red Devils met.
The action started on Friday where the big story was of course Wakefield Trinity’s relegation. As Wigan Warriors ran riot against Castleford Tigers at the DW Stadium with Abbas Miski scoring five tries to stake his claim for the top try scorer award, this gave Wakefield hope of survival.
They had to beat Leigh Leopards however. They found themselves behind but a brace of tries from Lee Kershaw and one for Liam Hood gave them hope.
They two sides exchanged penalties and then drop goals with the game going to golden point but Wakefield couldn’t find a winner and Gareth O’Brien, as he did to Hull KR in 2016, relegated Wakefield with a drop goal in a 20-19 win.
Elsewhere on Friday, St Helens kept their hopes of finishing top and securing a home semi-final alive by defeating Warrington Wolves 18-6 with Daryl Clark scoring for Warrington showing his future club what he can do.
The defeat left the Wolves’ play off spot in jeopardy. Two sides who have missed out on the play offs met on Saturday. This was of course Hull FC and Huddersfield Giants and the Black and Whites were embarrassed by the Giants losing 52-20 in their final home game of the season.
Then Leeds’ play off hopes were ended by Catalans Dragons who battered them 61-0 in Leeds’ worst ever defeat in Super League. This also sustained the Dragons pursuit of the League Leaders’ Shield.
In the final game of the weekend, Hull KR defeated Salford Red Devils 12-0. This meant Hull KR secured their spot in the play offs but left Salford’s up in the air.
It could have been a costly weekend for some with knocks to Jonny Lomax, Lewis Dodd and Danny Walker from the game between Warrington and Saints.
The nastiest injury of the weekend went to Leeds Rhinos’ Leon Ruan who dislocated his elbow which wasn’t good for the faint of heart as it was shown on Sky Sports.
To quote Jon Wells: “That doesn’t look much like an elbow.”
Fortunately, at such a vital time in the season, there weren’t too many injuries.