The second part of the Super 8s to involve Super League clubs is the rather infamous Super 8s: The Qualifiers where four bottom Super League clubs battle against the top four Championship clubs.
Places in Super League stake for 2017, the concept is a decent idea, though this one could be another landslide, just like 2015, as the salary cap has its differences in the divisions.
Below are the possible outcome for finishing positions in this division as all eight prepare for do or die battles over the course of seven weeks.
First up are surprise package Batley Bulldogs, who under miracle worker John Kear, have managed a superb third place finish.
The Bulldogs have enjoyed their best season for years and led by new signing Dom Brambani, have toppled the likes of Leigh, Halifax and Sheffield en route to third place.
Head Coach Kear is well known for his outstanding achievements in coaching, who could forget is Cup triumphs with Sheffield and Hull plus Super League survival with Wakefield.
Now he wishes to attain better and his Bulldogs outfit do possess plenty of talent.
Brambani, alongside Pat Walker, have both helped the Bulldogs become more competitive, though against Super League opposition, is this task too huge?
The Bulldogs should give the Super League sides a decent challenge, but they will be overwhelmed at competing at such a tough level on a weekly basis and will run out of energy.
They’ll probably be too good for the wooden spoon, but promotion is a bridge too far for the Bulldogs.
Next are the other surprise side of the Kingstone Press Championship in Featherstone Rovers.
Rovers defeated Batley, Halifax and Bradford heroically to clinch fourth spot in the Championship and set themselves for Super League contention.
They may be classed as cannon fodder in this competition, but they will have other ideas.
They finished as the best defensive team in the competition and have had experience in toppling Super League teams before.
They may achieve it again, but it would be a huge ask as is promotion as their squad aren’t used to full-time opposition on a weekly basis.
Kyle Briggs and Anthony Thackeray’s halfback partnership may cause problems here and there, but Featherstone will fall short on promotion.
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