Alas, the competition nears its half-way point and tensions have begun to increase to secure that all important Super 8s position.
Furthermore, anyone with OCD will be relieved that all clubs will have played as many games as one or another but that’s beside the point as all eyes will be focused on these four matches regardless.
Below are the predictions for this week, find out how your club will fare!
Widnes Vikings Vs St Helens
First up sees last season’s surprise package in Widnes host this seasons in St Helens.
An important clash as the Vikings are drastically failing to back up last season’s Super 8s finish whereas the Saints have underachieved thus far in 2017.
Onto the clash itself and the Vikings welcome back a whole host of players in Rhys Hanbury, Joe Mellor, Alex Gerrard, Chris Bridge, Tom Olbison and Matt Whitley.
The Saints meanwhile, are boosted by the return of Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook plus Kyle Amor remains in the team following his escape from suspension.
An interesting clash as Widnes may have come out of Easter with extra energy reserve as they arguably had an easier pair of fixtures.
However, they did concede both that added to their woes in making them ranked outsiders this season.
Hanbury and Mellor returning is important as they have a combination of pivots that could cause the Saints defence problems.
Furthermore, they have an array of experience and youth in their forward pack that should easily last the full 80.
In contrast, so do the Saints and they will be buoyed by their win over Castleford as well as nearly defeating Wigan with just 12 men.
It’s for that reason the Saints will be favourites, especially if they start stronger.
Theo Fages has been playing superb stuff as have their forwards, hence why they have remained competitive all season, despite their inconsistency.
They have forced their opposition to work for the full 80, maintaining that never say die attitude, something Widnes have lacked.
Saints look the stronger in their pack as well as the speedier and will be more than a handful for the Vikings.
The Saints have the advantage here in most areas and should attain back-to-back victories, but it will be a battle.