The battle to avoid the dreaded drop certainly is a wide-open race given the weekend’s results.
Hull KR winning drew them level on points after Leeds Rhinos’ home loss to Wigan Warriors on Friday night.
A shock result at KCOM Craven Park was then eclipsed by the London Broncos winning in France against the Catalan Dragons, bringing them level on points with both Leeds and KR.
Add to this Wakefield’s Chris Chester bemoaning his team’s poor form on Sunday after a disappointing loss at Salford and declaring he believes his team are in the relegation mix because of their injuries and inability to find form.
In fact, just four points separate bottom club London from sixth-place Salford, six points from the Broncos to the top five!
Who’d have thought that possible after 18 rounds of the regular season? Certainly not me. We are no nearer knowing the top five teams or who may or may not be relegated. But I guess as supporters, the sport being our passion, it can only be viewed as a great competition.
Only the Saints look unstoppable with a six-point advantage to second placed Warrington. These two looked almost nailed on for the top two places, although Hull FC will have other ideas. Radford’s men sit just four points behind Wolves after the weekend’s results.
Given we all believe Saints will finish top and Warrington won’t be far away, if not will finish second, the rest of the teams will certainly be looking at a top five spot. I mean why not?
I love how tight the competition is, love that the Broncos can beat Saints and KR can shock Warrington in second spot. It’s what we want from the competition, on any given day if you play poorly you will be beaten.
The remaining matches promise to be nervous for almost every team as well as intense and fierce battles. Chasing the top five places from bottom up to sixth makes every team aware of the importance of being honest and committed every week.
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