The current Bet Fred Super League Champions Leeds Rhino’s all but secured their spot in the top flight as they swept part-timers Halifax aside in their penultimate game of the qualifier’s.
With the game poised a 6-6 at the break, following Richie Myler’s opening effort which was goaled by Liam Sutcliffe, the Championship side had fought back to level the scores through a Steve Tyler converted try.
However, it was the experience and the fitness that eventually made the difference as the Rhino’s let lose in the second half, scoring 28 unanswered points, with Brad Dwyer bagging a double, Liam Sutcliffe Cameron Smith and Luke Briscoe all crossing.
The result leaves the Rhino’s top of the Qualifier’s table with only next week’s game remaining which see’s the Championships winners Toronto Wolfpack travelling to Headingly Stadium knowing victory will ensure them of their second successive promotion and an automatic place in next years Super League.
Other than the Rhino’s result, it was a weekend for the Championship sides as the rest for a super league place heated up with only one round remaining. Second place Salford fell to their second defeat in a row going down to a 11-8 defeat in the capital as a Jarrod Sammut inspired London Bronco’s held off a strong second half fight back.
The Wolfpack jumped into third place in the table with a 20-12 home win over a poor Widnes Vikings side, that eventually handed their Super League status over without a fight as the result confirms the former World Champions will be playing Championship rugby next season after seven years in the top flight.
Over in France, Toulouse kept their hopes of a place in Super league open with a 34 -23 win over Hull KR. With only a point separating them at the break Toulouse yet again upped their game in the second half to make life very uncomfortable for their Super League opponents.
The results leave Leeds Rhinos out in front virtually safe on 10 points two points clear of Salford, Toronto and Hull KR in that order, all on 8 points. While Toulouse and London are still in the picture in 5th and 6th places respectifvley.
Who ever finishes in the top three places next week will be assured of an automatic place in next years Super league, while those in fourth and fifth places will face of in the ‘Million’ pound game the following week with the fourth placed team having home advantage.
The key remaining dates
Thursday 27 September: Salford v Toulouse (19:45 BST)
Friday 28 September: Leeds v Toronto (19:45 BST)
Saturday 29 September: London Broncos v Halifax (19:05 BST)
Sunday 30 September: Hull KR v Widnes (15:00 BST)
- Anything can happen as teams enter the final week of the Qualifers
- Salford Maintain 100% record, while Widnes look certain to be playing Championship rugby in 2019.
- Bronco's overcome the favourites to return to Super league
- 11 men of Salford survive Wolfpack fight back
- Hull travel to Freatherstone as they start they Chellenge Cup defence.