Super League: What’s left to play with three rounds of the 2022 regular season to go? | rugby league news

With two rounds of Betfred Super League matches taking place over the August bank holiday weekend, we take a look at what remains to be played in the regular season; Plus how to watch the action from Rounds 25 and 26 live on Sky Sports

Last update: 08/23/22 10:41 am

The League Leaders' Shield could be decided during the August bank holiday weekend

The League Leaders’ Shield could be decided during the August bank holiday weekend

The Betfred Super League regular season approaches its climax with a doubleheader over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

With only one more round of matches to come after the conclusion of Rounds 25 and 26, it means the play-offs and relegation picture will become much clearer after the conclusion.

Here we take a look at what is still up for grabs and what could be decided next week in the Super League…

League Leaders Shield

St Helens are well positioned to finish top of the table for the first time since 2019 and victory over old rivals Wigan Warriors in Round 25 would secure the Shield for the club.

The Saints are six points clear of the Warriors following their Round 24 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers and victory at the DW Stadium on Friday would put them in an unassailable position at the top of the table.

If Wigan win they would reduce that gap to four points but would need to win the remaining two games and hope other results follow their path if they are to secure the Shield for the fourth time since it was introduced in 2003.

St Helens’ defeat means Kristian Woolf’s side will have to wait until Monday’s Bank Holiday home game against Wakefield Trinity to secure top spot and the Shield for a ninth time, extending the record.

Jonny Lomax won the match for St Helens and broke Wigan Warriors' hearts with less than a minute left on the clock at July's Magic Weekend.

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Jonny Lomax won the match for St Helens and broke Wigan Warriors’ hearts with less than a minute left on the clock at July’s Magic Weekend.

Jonny Lomax won the match for St Helens and broke Wigan Warriors’ hearts with less than a minute left on the clock at July’s Magic Weekend.

If both teams finish the regular season tied on points, then it would go to point spread. Heading into Round 25, St Helens have a superior points spread of 316 compared to Wigan’s 281.

If the teams are still tied on point difference, the tiebreakers in order are percentage of points, most tries, most goals, and most goals conceded. If the teams are still tied on all of them, the final placements are determined by a coin toss.

The race for the play-offs

St Helens and Wigan are already guaranteed a place in the top six, with reigning champions Saints already assured of a top-two finish and semi-final at home too.

The Huddersfield Giants are the only other team certain of making the play-offs and are three points behind the second-placed Warriors, so could still overtake the Betfred Challenge Cup winners to secure a semi-final. at home.

Classification of the Superliga after Matchday 24

Position Equipment W L D P.S. points
1 Saint Helena twenty 4 0 316 40
two wigan 17 7 0 281 3. 4
3 Huddersfield fifteen 8 1 116 31
4 Catalans 14 10 0 46 28
5 leeds 12 eleven 1 53 25
6 Salford 12 12 0 66 24
7 Castleford 12 12 0 -31 24
8 KR hole 10 14 0 -140 twenty
9 FC Helmet 10 14 0 -151 twenty
10 Warrington 8 sixteen 0 -111 sixteen
eleven wakefield 8 sixteen 0 -177 sixteen
12 Toulouse 5 19 0 -268 10

The Giants begin Round 25 on Wednesday against West Yorkshire rivals Leeds Rhinos, who are among the six teams fighting for the remaining three play-off places.

Catalans Dragons, currently fourth, lead that group with 28 points ahead of the all-French showdown against Toulouse Olympique on Thursday. The Rhinos are just behind them in fifth with 25 points, one ahead of the Salford Red Devils.

The Red Devils are currently holding the last of the play-off places on points difference from Castleford Tigers, whom they face in a potentially decisive clash on Bank Holiday Monday.

The other two clubs who still have a chance of breaking into the top six are Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull FC, although both teams are four points behind Salford and Castleford with three games to go and any defeat over the course of this weekend. could be deadly. blow to those slim play-off hopes.

the battle of descent

Summary of the Betfred Super League match between Wigan Warriors and Toulouse Olympique.

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Summary of the Betfred Super League match between Wigan Warriors and Toulouse Olympique.

Summary of the Betfred Super League match between Wigan Warriors and Toulouse Olympique.

A tough loss to Wigan last Friday means Toulouse’s relegation to the Betfred Championship after one season is all but confirmed, barring a series of unlikely results.

They are six points behind Wakefield Trinity and Warrington Wolves, and loss at home to the Catalans on Thursday would ensure Toulouse are down.

The Olympians’ only hope of staying in the Super League is to win their remaining three games and hope that Warrington or Wakefield lose them all, as well as overturning a significant point difference deficit.

how to look

Round 25 will see sky sports airs three matches and it all kicks off on Wednesday night with Leeds hosting Huddersfield live on sky sports arena from 7:30 p.m. (start at 8:00 p.m.).

Start the French derby between Toulouse and Catalans sky sports arena from 19:00 (start 19:30 British time) on Thursday, followed by the clash between Wigan and St Helens on Friday on the same channel from 19:30 (start 20:00).

Then there’s a Round 26 double header on sky sports arena Bank Holiday Monday too, starting with Castleford v Salford starting at 3pm (3.30pm kick-off). The day concludes with the Catalans at home to Leeds (kick-off 6pm UK time).

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