Next week, the race to Old Trafford really hots up as the much-anticipated play-offs begin.
It’s the time of year every team hopes to feature in and every fan looks forward to. The games get faster, the quality rises, the intensity increases and so does the drama as dreams are made or turn into nightmares.
Last week, all the dates were set as we set sail down the road to an October 9th Grand Final but today there’s been a slight tweak. Wigan, who were set to play the fifth placed side on Friday 24th September in a do-or-die clash at the DW Stadium with a semi-final place at stake, will now take on their opponents on Thursday night instead.
This likely means, although it has not been confirmed, that Warrington’s clash with the side in sixth will take place on the Friday instead of the Thursday as was initially planned.
This could give the Warriors more preparation for a semi-final date with rivals St Helens on Friday 1st October should they win and Warrington lose in the eliminators or provide the Cherry and Whites with a week of preparation ahead of a clash with league leaders Catalans should both them and Wigan win in the first week of the play-offs.
Both Wigan’s and Warrington’s opponents are set to be confirmed this week as Castleford, Leeds and Hull KR battle for fifth and sixth with the Tigers hosting Warrington knowing a win will seal their place in the play-offs before Leeds meet Hull KR in what could prove to be a winner takes all scenario should the Tigers win their game the night before.