Wigan and Castleford look like deciding the League Leaders Shield and the Grand Final between them, but what’s up for grabs for the rest?
Who’s getting the sack? Who’s the front runner for the ‘Shaun Wane Furrowed Brow Trophy’ for claiming they have the most injuries? Where’s the panic button, who’s got it, who else urgently needs one and who’ll press it first…but hang on a minute…who needs trophies when you’ve got the battle for 8th place?
Outside the top 2 it’s literally anyone’s for the taking.
Huddersfield may have been everyone’s pre-season favourites, but they’re now probably out of contention, looking solid in 3rd.
Warrington are definitely a contender, currently locked into 12th place on zero points. Although they can climb into 10th this weekend without even winning, if they lose less heavily than both Widnes and Wakefield.
St Helens are currently 8th, but can they hold it all season? They would be a popular choice for many, but it’d be surreal if they just remained in the same position all season.
Salford are holding all the aces, as they could easily finish 8th, but there is a chance they could blow it and finish higher purely on merit. A points deduction could drag them back into the mix. Marwan Koukash disbanded the youth team after the last points deduction, if they get another, will he go the whole hog, say “bollocks to it” and disband the first team?
It’s exciting times in the lower middle table.