Castleford’s defeat at Catalan handed the League Leaders’ Shield to Saints as the regular season drew to a close on Saturday, but now the real drama is getting under way with the play-offs. Here is the schedule for week one of the play-offs:
Thursday, September 18
Qualifying play-off: Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants (8.00pm) (winners through to week three, losers at home in week two).
Friday, September 19
Qualifying play-off: St Helens v Castleford Tigers (8.00pm) (winners through to week three, losers at home in week two).
Saturday, September 20
Warrington Wolves v Widnes Vikings (2.45) (losers eliminated, winners away in week two) Leeds Rhinos v Catalans Dragons (5.15) (losers eliminated, winners away in week two)
n The highest-ranked qualifying play-off losers will be at home to the lowest-ranked elimination play-off winners.
n The highest-ranked winning club from week one will choose their semi-final opponents via ClubCall.