Just as well as the Super 8s, the all-important Qualifiers rears its head once more where the eight clubs between both the Super League and the Championship tough it out for top flight rugby.
Some new faces in the competition this time around, whereas others remain ever-present and who knows; perhaps a much tougher run towards promotion to Super League.
Check out the possibilities of where all eight clubs will finish and whether you will be watching your club in Super League or the Championship in 2018.
First up are the Catalan Dragons, whose disastrous fall from grace last season has continued on into 2017.
The Dragons have been in free fall since midway through last season and now they enter a real fight with relegation for the very first time.
Though they have looked lost on the field, this is where they can amend things and even build up some confidence for next season.
Richie Myler and Luke Walsh can produce fantastic rugby if possible and then of course up front, there’s Sam Moa and Julian Bousquet to provide the go forward.
If the Dragons can also maintain the majority of their squad and develop a rhythm then they should produce enough quality to see this through, they are capable after all.
Though they haven’t been at their greatest at all this season, just like the rest of their squad, but against what can be called as ‘inferior’ opposition in these Qualifiers, now is a time to shine and the Dragons probably will.
Having four home games will help and should help see them to automatic survival.
However, their away form is still in question, which is why they won’t top the division but they should have enough to guarantee survival nonetheless.
West Yorkshire for Castleford’s ‘noisy neighbours’ in Featherstone Rovers, who return to the competition for back-to-back seasons.
Featherstone have fought hard all season to return to the Qualifiers, and even emerged as the team to beat after Hull KR arguably in 2017.
Though they finished the competition on a sour note, dropping the final two matches and even bringing in a brand new Head Coach, Featherstone enter the competition regardless, desperate to have a fair crack at top flight rugby.
Looking at their success, Featherstone have Anthony Thackeray to thank for this mainly, he’s been a maestro, leading the team around in attack.
Then of course their forwards, John Davies has been able to adapt as a ball player plus there’s the likes of Frankie Mariano and Andy Bostock with their go forward.
Featherstone can be banana skin opposition towards the rest of their opponents, but still being part time is an issue and such a lifestyle will exhaust them, no matter how long they attempt a fight.
They have produced exciting rugby but the way they finished the season and the transitional period they face may see them remain a fair way off Super League quality.
So a similar outcome is set to befall Featherstone but still a stepping stone towards the future as Featherstone continue their aim towards the top flight of the summer era.