Yesterday, Salford Red Devils defeated Huddersfield Giants 28-0.
The Red Devils were always in control taking a 2-0 lead early through a Marc Sneyd penalty before back-to-back tries from Joe Burgess and Kallum Watkins cemented their standing as the team in command of the contest.
Another Sneyd penalty made it 16-0 at the break before second half tries from Ryan Brierley and Andy Ackers wrapped up the win for the Red Devils.
This came after Leeds beat Catalans Dragons in the other play-off game this weekend. The Rhinos trailed 4-0 in the first half due to two Sam Tomkins penalties but a pair of Liam Sutcliffe tries gave them a 12-4 lead at halftime.
The Dragons started the second half as they had to with a try from Dean Whare to make it 12-10 but a third try from Sutcliffe re-established Leeds’ 8-point lead which Zak Hardaker would make 10 with a late penalty.
These results see Leeds go to second place Wigan as the highest ranked winner of the weekend which means Salford head to Champions and league leaders St Helens as the lowest ranked winner.
But when and where can we expect to enjoy these two mouth watering semi-finals?
Well the first thing to note is that neither should be impacted by the period of national mourning after the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II just like this weekend’s games still went ahead.
There were fears that the St Helens game would have to be moved for the state funeral however with that now set to take place on Monday 19th, the Saints game will most likely go ahead as planned.
So when are the two semi-finals planned for?
Wigan will host Leeds at 8pm on Friday 16th September with exclusive TV coverage from Sky Sports which will take place on Sky Sports Arena as per usual.
As for St Helens vs Salford, this will kick off at 1pm just like yesterday’s game between Huddersfield and Salford with TV coverage from by Sky Sports and Channel 4.
Both programs will start at 12:30 with Sky’s being located on Sky Sports Arena once again.