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The 5 most exciting games for the rest of the Super League season

St Helens and Wigan Warriors in Super League action.

We’re around halfway through the Super League season, but there’s still no certainty as to who will finish top, who will make the playoffs and who will prop the rest of the sides up when it finishes.

We’ve predicted five of the most exciting and/or important games that will come towards the end of the season, that could be crucial in sorting out who will place there at the end of September.

The 5 most exciting games for the rest of the Super League season

Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves – 17th August

Matt Dufty scores a Super League try for Warrington Wolves against Leeds Rhinos

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Warrington looked to be genuine contenders for finishing at the top of the table this year not long ago, but they have, since then, gone over a month without a win.

Therefore, they could be looking down the table, rather than up it, come the end of the season.

Leeds Rhinos, currently just outside the playoffs, may well still be in contention when this game happens, and if the Wolves can’t pick up the pace again by then, we could have a four-pointer on our hands at Headingley.

They showed off their playoff credentials in a victory over Leigh Leopards last month.

Despite this, Warrington are just two points behind St Helens and Hull KR, and four behind leaders Wigan, so if they do improve, it could be their game against St Helens late in the season that turns out to be their most important.

Wigan Warriors v Hull KR – 6th September

Wigan Warriors vs Hull KR

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There will be just two rounds left of the Super League season after this one, and if they continue to play the way they have during the first half of the season, this could be two sides battling it out for the League Leaders’ Shield.

Wigan are top at the time of writing, just two points ahead of Hull KR – although they do also have a game in hand.

The Warriors, the defending winners of the Shield, finished top on points difference last year, equal on points with Catalans Dragons and St Helens, in no small part down to a late-season victory in Perpignan, and this fixture could be similarly huge in determining the winner.

The Robins won’t be able to bank on having home advantage, as this game is taking place at the Brick Community Stadium in Wigan, and this could be key.

Elsewhere at the same time, as already mentioned, Warrington Wolves host St Helens, who could also be in the mix, as they’re currently level on points with Hull KR.

Salford Red Devils v Catalans Dragons – 7th September

Mike McMeeken for Catalans Dragons

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On the same weekend as the last fixture mentioned, another potential playoff four-pointer sees the sides currently occupying the final two playoff spots face-off.

Salford are on 20 points, Catalans are on 18, while Leeds, just outside the top six, are on 16, so this will either be key to who makes the playoffs at all or key to who plays who in the playoffs at least.

The Red Devils will be hoping to still have a hold of head coach Paul Rowley by then, while this could be one of Steve McNamara’s last games in charge of the Dragons, adding another story to the mix alongside Oli Partington taking on his future club.

While Salford look to be on the surge, after beating St Helens, they’re as inconsistent as Catalans, who have been shocked by the likes of Leigh Leopards and Huddersfield Giants this year.

St Helens v Wigan Warriors – 17th August

Tommy Makinson of St Helens celebrates a Super League try against Wigan Warriors.

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Potentially the final derby of Paul Wellens’ time at Saints, this will surely also be huge in the race for the League Leaders’ Shield.

The sides will also meet on the 12th of July in Wigan, meaning this will be the final time the sides will meet in 2024 unless they meet in the playoffs.

If not for who finishes top, this could be important for playoff seeding.

Meeting on Good Friday near the start of this season, St Helens made the most of their home advantage beating their perennial rivals 12-4 thanks to tries from Tommy Makinson and Konrad Hurrell, which temporarily moved them top.

Now, with two points between them, it’s easy to imagine it still being tight at the top when these two old foes meet again.

Hull FC v London Broncos – 17th August

London Broncos celebrate a Super League win over Hull FC

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They might have beaten Leeds Rhinos recently, and they ran Warrington Wolves close last week, but signs suggest that Hull FC will still be near the bottom of the table when the campaign comes to a close.

Added on to this, Castleford Tigers have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, so the Black and Whites may be closer to the Broncos by now.

London Broncos have been consigned to the RFL Championship by IMG grading anyway, so this won’t have a huge bearing on relegation, but it could be a huge moral blow to Hull FC if they lose to them again – especially at home, and especially if the Broncos still sit on two points by then.

Coincidentally, they were picked up in a win over Hull FC at Plough Lane.

Two weeks later, Hull FC host Castleford Tigers, another game they’ll have their eyes on as a potential Super League victory.

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