Another week draws to a close as now only two rounds remain before the all-important Super 8s splits between both the Super League and the Championship.
One club crowned champion and a place in the Qualifiers, three others condemned into the division from Super League, below we look at the five occurrences in week 21 and how they impacted the season.
Starting off the weekend is a common factor in rugby league, with 2016 being no difference as a certain two clubs were guilty of this trait this week.
Hull FC surrendered a 15-8 lead as well as the league leader’s position in a shock 20-15 home defeat against bottom club Leeds Rhinos.
Tries from Carlos Tuimavave and Kirk Yeaman initially cancelled out Liam Sutcliffe’s early score, before the Rhinos responded in style.
Joel Moon finished off some superb work by Ryan Hall before Kallum Watkins rather fortuitously cashed in on Hull’s errors to score a late brace.
Wakefield were the other guilty party of this factor as they let an 18-10 lead slip against 12 man Wigan.
Tries from Max Jowitt, Reece Lyne and Ben Jones-Bishop looked good enough to secure the Wildcats a valuable victory.
However, the stuttering Wigan had other ideas and two late tries from Lewis Tierney, adding onto first half scores from Oliver Gildart and Sam Powell, broke their visitor’s hearts.
Both Hull and Wakefield surrendering what should have been unassailable positions which may be very worrying.
Perhaps just a blip, but both have crucial matches ahead, their Semi-final dates included in this run so both need to re-assess their style of play and quick should they wish to return to solid form.
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