Super League stars face nervous disciplinary wait

This weekend was a massive one in the context of the season with Wigan Warriors hoping to stride towards the League Leaders’ Shield whilst Leeds Rhinos faced a do or die game at Catalans Dragons all the while Warrington Wolves were also facing the prospect of a clash with the Champions St Helens.

Wakefield trinity needed to defeat Leigh Leopards to ensure Super League survival whilst Castleford Tigers took on Wigan away knowing a win would condemn their rivals whilst Huddersfield Giants and Hull FC met in a dead rubber and Hull KR and Salford Red Devils wrapped up the weekend with a huge game in the play off picture.

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.

Naturally, the teams with things to play for will be worrying about disciplinary today.

St Helens could have worries over Tommy Makinson after two high tackles, Morgan Knowles and Joe Batchelor for the same offence. Opponent Jordy Crowther could also be in trouble.

Blake Austin could also be in trouble after his yellow card for a dangerous tackle. Another player sin binned was King Vuniyayawa but he could be in double trouble after his hip drop.

Sam Tomkins could be in trouble for a late hit and Harry Newman for his hit on Tomkins.

Mikey Lewis and Danny Addy’s altercation could also be looked at.