St Helens will choose from the winners of the two First Utility Super League preliminary semi-finals, Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves and Huddersfield Giants v Catalan Dragons when they make the ClubCall pick live on Sky Sports next Friday.
The 2014 League Leaders Shield winners earned a bye in Week 2 of the play-offs and the right to select their opponents with a thumping 41-0 victory over Castleford Tigers on Friday night.
Missing half a team of senior players, many of whom were on hand to receive the League Leaders’ Shield from Super League Chairman Brian Barwick, Saints turned in a display rich in authority to take an important step nearer Old Trafford.
The victory came just 24 hours after defending champions Wigan Warriors had also secured a bye by hammering Huddersfield Giants 57-4 on Thursday night.
St Helens cannot pick their arch-rivals in ClubCall, which will take place immediately after Friday night’s televised play-off between Huddersfield and Catalans Dragons, the winners of which will join either Castleford or Warrington as options for Saints chairman Eamonn
McManus to choose.
On Saturday, a hat-trick off tries by Joel Monaghan inspired a stirring second-half fightback by Warrington to break the hearts of Widnes Vikings before Challenge Cup holders Leeds Rhinos crashed to a last-minute defeat at home to Catalans Dragons.
The unpredictable nature of the opening round of the play-offs makes for two compelling contests at Castleford and Huddersfield next week, when Saints face a real dilemma in determining which opponents stand between them and a place in the title-deciding Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday October 11.
Next week’s play-off schedule is as follows:
Thursday September 25: Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves (8pm)
Friday September 26: Hudddersfield Giants v Catalan..Super League has experienced unprecedented demand for both hospitality.
> packages and tickets for the sport’s showpiece final in recent weeks
> with sales currently 10,000 up on the corresponding period 12 month
> Fans are being advised to move quickly to guarantee their seat at the
> Theatre of Dreams, which this year will feature a memorable
> entertainment package.
> Tickets for the First Utility Super League Grand Final, played at Old
> Trafford on Saturday October 11 (6.00pm) are available from as little
> as £20. To purchase your tickets, please either visit
> www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or call the Rugby League Ticket Hotline
> on 0844 856 1113.