The real drama begins with play-off schedule

Kyle Amor in action for Saints
Kyle Amor in action for Saints

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.