It’s that time of the season again, the Super 8’s and Qualifiers are here to brighten up the end of the season chase for silverware.The Super 8s fixtures for 2017 have now been released.

In the Betfred Super League Super 8s, Castleford Tigers currently sit ten points clear at the top of the table and need just three victories to secure the League Leaders’ shield, something of an oddity, given that we are now playing a different competition in all but name.

Should the League leaders shield be awarded after 23 rounds?

I think so…

However, despite this being an almost separate competition, the shield is only awarded after 30 rounds.

Three teams that played in the 2016 Qualifiers, Leeds Rhinos, Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils all make the top eight and with only six points difference between eighth place and third place, it’s all to play for as the countdown to the Betfred Super League Grand Final on Saturday, October 7 at Old Trafford begins.

In The Qualifiers Super 8s, last year’s Grand Finalists Warrington Wolves will battle to retain their Super League status alongside Catalans Dragons, Widnes Vikings and Leigh Centurions, as Hull Kingston Rovers, London Broncos, Halifax RLFC and Featherstone Rovers will be hoping to gain promotion.

Super League Super 5's
Super League Super 8’s

Betfred Super League Super 8s – Round by Round

RoundDateHomeAwayKO Time (Local Time)
1Thursday, August 3Castleford TigersSt Helens8.00pmSky Sports
1Friday, August 4Huddersfield GiantsWakefield Trinity8.00pm
1Friday, August 4Hull FCSalford Red Devils8.00pm
1Friday, August 4Leeds RhinosWigan Warriors8.00pmSky Sports
2Thursday, August 10Wakefield TrinityLeeds Rhinos8.00pmSky Sports
2Friday, August 11Salford Red DevilsCastleford Tigers8.00pmSky Sports
2Friday, August 11St HelensHull FC8.00pm
2Friday, August 11Wigan WarriorsHuddersfield Giants8.00pm
3Thursday, August 17Castleford TigersWakefield Trinity8.00pmSky Sports
3Friday, August 18Hull FCHuddersfield Giants8.00pm
3Friday, August 18Leeds RhinosSt Helens8.00pmSky Sports
3Friday, August 18Wigan WarriorsSalford Red Devils8.00pm
4Thursday, August 31Leeds RhinosHull FC8.00pmSky Sports
4Friday, September 1Huddersfield GiantsCastleford Tigers8.00pm
4Friday, September 1Salford Red DevilsWakefield Trinity8.00pm
4Friday, September 1St HelensWigan Warriors8.00pmSky Sports
5Friday, September 8Castleford TigersLeeds Rhinos8.00pm
5Friday, September 8Hull FCWigan Warriors8.00pm
5Saturday, September 9Salford Red DevilsHuddersfield Giants1.30pm
5Saturday, September 9Wakefield TrinitySt Helens7.00pm
6Thursday, September 14Hull FCWakefield Trinity8.00pm
6Friday, September 15Leeds RhinosSalford Red Devils8.00pm
6Friday, September 15St HelensHuddersfield Giants8.00pm
6Sunday, September 17Wigan WarriorsCastleford Tigers3.00pm
7Friday, September 22Castleford TigersHull FC8.00pm
7Friday, September 22Huddersfield GiantsLeeds Rhinos8.00pm
7Saturday, September 23Salford Red DevilsSt Helens3.00pm
7Saturday, September 23Wakefield TrinityWigan Warriors7.00pm

Below the Super 8’s, we have The Qualifiers, and the race to stake a place at the sports top table for 2018 and avoid the drop to the Championship will make for some of the hottest competition on any screen this year.

There are some big names down here, with Warrington Wolves, Catalans Dragons, Widnes Vikings all hoping to avoid the dreaded “Million Pound Game” whilst Hull Kingston Rovers and London Broncos want to cement their place back in Super League.

Super 8's The Qualifiers
Super 8’s The Qualifiers

The Qualifiers Super 8s – Round by Round

RoundDateHomeAwayKO Time (Local Time)
1Friday, August 4Widnes VikingsWarrington Wolves8.00pm
1Saturday, August 5Catalans DragonsLondon Broncos6.15pmSky Sports
1Saturday, August 5Featherstone RoversLeigh Centurions3.15pmSky Sports
1Sunday, August 6Hull KRHalifax RLFC3.00pm
2Saturday, August 12Leigh CenturionsHull KR3.15pmSky Sports
2Saturday, August 12Warrington WolvesCatalans Dragons3.00pm
2Sunday, August 13Halifax RLFCWidnes Vikings3.00pm
2Sunday, August 13London BroncosFeatherstone Rovers3.00pm
3Saturday, August 19Catalans DragonsLeigh Centurions6.15pmSky Sports
3Saturday, August 19Warrington WolvesHalifax RLFC3.15pmSky Sports
3Sunday, August 20Hull KRLondon Broncos3.00pm
3Sunday, August 20Widnes VikingsFeatherstone Rovers3.00pm
4Saturday, September 2London BroncosWarrington Wolves8.00pmSky Sports
4Sunday, September 3Featherstone RoversHull KR3.00pm
4Sunday, September 3Halifax RLFCCatalans Dragons3.00pm
4Sunday, September 3Leigh CenturionsWidnes Vikings3.00pm
5Saturday, September 9Catalans DragonsFeatherstone Rovers6.15pmSky Sports
5Saturday, September 9Warrington WolvesLeigh Centurions3.00pm
5Sunday, September 10Hull KRWidnes Vikings3.00pm
5Sunday, September 10London BroncosHalifax RLFC3.00pm
6Friday, September 15Leigh CenturionsHalifax RLFC8.00pm
6Sunday, September 17Featherstone RoversWarrington Wolves3.00pm
6Sunday, September 17Hull KRCatalans Dragons3.00pm
6Sunday, September 17Widnes VikingsLondon Broncos3.00pm
7Friday, September 22London BroncosLeigh Centurions8.00pm
7Saturday, September 23Catalans DragonsWidnes Vikings6.15pmSky Sports
7Saturday, September 23Warrington WolvesHull KR3.00pm
7Sunday, September 24Halifax RLFCFeatherstone Rovers3.00pm

 

The Kingstone Press Championship Shield fixtures have been delayed due to operational issues. Round 1 fixtures will now be announced on Thursday July 27 and the remaining fixtures by Monday July 31 at the latest, with rumours swirling on social media it is because the RFL had already set out the schedule to include Toulouse in the Qualifiers, and the shock defeat of Hull KR by Halifax throwing a spanner in the works.

* Games to be shown live on Sky Sports for rounds 5,6 and 7 are still to be selected.

 

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