Wakefield will be hoping to take advantage of their game in hand to put some breathing space between themselves and the chasing pack. They host Widnes, a team who have lost 10 consecutive Super League games whilst they have failed to win away from home all season.
Two teams right in the top 4 mix battle it out with both missing key players. Castleford have rested several players due to carrying knocks whilst Wigan have lost three to international duty with the game a very open one that could go either way.
In the first of this week’s rearranged games, Leeds host Catalans in a vitally important fixture in the race to avoid the Middle 8s. Just one point could separate the two teams if Catalans can claim the win which would leave the final few spots in the top 8 wide open heading into the final five fixtures before the league split.
Wakefield were too good for Wigan last week to push themselves back into contention for a top 4 spot but they must back that up with another win here against third-placed Warrington. Six points separate the teams coming into this encounter but if that gap widens to eight, Trinity will have too much to do come the league split.
Castleford’s win over Warrington last week only served to intensify the race for the top 4 with Wigan in second and Hull FC in fifth separated by just four points. That gutsy win with plenty of big names sat on the sidelines will give the Tigers a huge boost ahead of the visit of Hull KR.
Newcastle were unable to build on their win over Parramatta as they fell to a narrow defeat at home to Sydney Roosters last week. That was their fourth straight loss on home soil with Melbourne the next visitors to McDonald Jones Stadium.
With the play-off picture starting to look very murky with numerous teams still in with a realistic chance of making the top 8, two teams well in the frame face-off in the final game of Round 15. Wests and Canberra make up the two spots directly outside of the play-offs with both needing a win here.
Wigan’s worrying run of form continued last week as they were defeated by Wakefield and now travel to a Hull side that are yet to taste defeat on home soil this season. Hull made it seven wins from seven at the KCOM as they comfortably beat Salford last week and need a win here to go just two points behind Wigan.
St George will be hoping to return to the top of the NRL ladder when they host a struggling Manly outfit. The Dragons began Round 15 as league leaders but South Sydney’s win on Thursday saw them drop a place and with Penrith getting turned over by Sydney Roosters on Friday, the door is ajar for them to capitalise.
Brisbane head to Cronulla needing to find some more consistency to ensure they don’t miss out on finals football. That may be tough against a Cronulla side that have produced that consistency of late with seven wins from their last eight games whilst the Sharks have only lost at home twice this season.
Canterbury and Gold Coast have struggled all season but them meeting each other in this game represents a good chance for both to claim a much needed win. With neither team realistically in the mix for finals football, only pride is at stake but the game arguably has more meaning for the Bulldogs.
Leeds face a fight to avoid the Middle 8s after their fourth league defeat in a row last week and things could get worse for the reigning Champions as they host rampant league leaders St Helens. Saints are now six points clear at the top of the Super League table after their sixth consecutive league win last week.
Huddersfield host Catalans in a huge encounter in the race to avoid the Middle 8s. The Giants have offered free entry for this game to try and attract a big crowd as they seek an important win to open up some daylight between themselves and those teams below.
Whilst North Queensland’s season looks cooked at this relatively early stage, New Zealand Warriors have everything to play for with the minor Premiership well within their grasp. The Warriors cemented their place in the top 4 with a solid win over Manly last week and will hope to continue to keep the pressure on those above them here.