Super 8s: Super League leaders Castleford Tigers start at home to St Helens
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Super League leaders Castleford Tigers will host St Helens in the first match of the Super 8s on Thursday, 3 August.
The Tigers are 10 points clear of Leeds Rhinos and need five points from their final seven games to win the League Leaders' Shield for the first time.
The other first-round games see Wakefield travel to Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC host Salford Red Devils and Leeds host Wigan Warriors.
Warrington Wolves begin the Qualifiers at Widnes Vikings on Friday, 4 August.
The Wolves, last year's Grand Final runners-up, finished ninth after 23 games and join the top four Championship sides in the battle to secure Super League status for 2018.
How the Super 8s work
Each team plays seven games in the second phase of the season.
In the top tier, points from the regular season are carried over and the top four sides in the Super League table will progress to the play-off semi-finals for a chance to reach the Grand Final at Old Trafford on 7 October.
In the Qualifiers, the leading three teams will automatically earn a place in next season's Super League, with the clubs finishing fourth and fifth playing in the Million Pound Game - a one-off contest - for the last remaining spot in the top flight.
Joining Warrington, Catalans Dragons, Leigh and Widnes in the Qualifiers are Hull KR, London Broncos, Halifax and Featherstone, who were the top four sides in the Championship after 23 games.
This is total nonsense. If you finish top you should get 7 home games. You get the extra money because you deserve it for finishing top. Wigan finished seventh and should be playing 6 games away from DW. Want more home games? Try harder during the regular season. Just hope we get a new name on the SL trophy this year.
As a Warrington fan though, I'm just hoping the team gets through the Qualifiers. On paper should be easy, but no easy games now.
Think most SL sides will stay up, but got a feeling Hull KR might sneak back up in the Million Pound Game.
All this end of season stuff is just another opportunity to make money and its killing the game, not making it any better. Its turning fans away, do we really want that?
As more and more sport becomes marginalised on media that is far too expensive and the BBC continue to move away from mainstream sport soon there will be nothing that is affordable. Just another instance of The GB Giveaway whether in business or sport.
Agree with you to a certain extent. It is sad that the next Country where this is popular is Oz .
Maybe they should try to expand the sport south of the M62 Corridor for starters !
As for the South of England , no chance . RL is just a strange game played by Weird Northerners who wear flat caps and own a whippet and say 'eh by gum' a lot.
(Not that I am an inverted snob)
Sticks and stones mate , sticks and stones.
Remember we have a new manager now - wait and see , should be a cracker !!!
How many clubs can genuinely say that they have also fielded the best team they can each week, whilst still getting the salary cap to balance at the end of the year? Cynical thought I know!