Five things to look forward to: Semi-Final Showdowns, Million Pound Game, Workington eye promotion glory

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St Helens v Warrington Wolves

It has all been leading to this.

League Leaders St Helens have known that the semi-final was inevitable ever since the Super 8s began – but now it is finally here.

A few weeks previous they managed to subdue the Wolves in a fairly routine victory, but can they do it when it actually matters?

Warrington are yet to beat the Saints in 2018, with three losses in all previous fixtures.

They will be hoping for revenge in the penultimate match.

Will the Wolves win? Can the Saints succeed?

Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers

The Warriors have been in red hot form so far in the Super 8s.

So much so, they will go down in the history books as they only team to be undefeated in all regular Super 8 games.

The Tigers have flown under the radar throughout 2018.

Now that their star halfback Luke Gale is fully fit, they will certainly fancy their chances at a back to back Grand Final appearance.

In what could potentially be Shaun Wane’s last game in charge at Wigan, they will need little motivation in order to get ready for this game.

Can Wigan send their leaving legends out with a bang? Will Castleford earn the chance to right the wrongs of 2017?

Toronto Wolfpack v London Broncos

The Million Pound Game is almost here.

The controversial fixture is due to end an emphatic Qualifiers campaign and will see the Canadian Toronto Wolfpack host the London Broncos.

The Wolfpack edged past London in the table and in result have earned a home fixture – a factor that many believe will play a part in the result.

London however have done nothing but defy the odds in 2018, as many didn’t even believe they would finish in the top half on the Championship.

Now with two Super League scalps already claimed, they will be full of confidence that they will be able to claim a famous victory in Canada.

Can the Wolfpack win? Or will London lose?

Bradford Bulls v Workington Town

Bradford have enjoyed a heavily consistent season and only just missed out on automatic promotion.

Workington have also been very impressive in 2018, and their head coach Leon Pryce will be itching to overturn his boyhood club.

The loser however will be awarded a lifeline with an extra play-off promotion fixture against the team who finishes at the bottom of the Championship Shield.

Can Bradford climb closer to the promised land? Will Workington shock the system?

Featherstone Rovers v Leigh Centurions

The Championship Shield Final.

Yet, this one has been cast in a shadow due to off the field issues at both clubs.

Featherstone have struggled to field full match day squads at numerous times this year and are very much bare bones.

As for Leigh, upon failing to finish in the top 4, they have seen a mass exodus of players fly out of the exit.

They more recently announced that they only had 9 fit players to line-up against Featherstone – which raised many player welfare issues.

Luckily they have been allowed to loan in Super League Academy players to fulfil the final game of the year.

Can the Centurions prevail? Will Featherstone lift the shield?

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