The race for League Leaders’ Shield: Who Wigan Warriors, St Helens, Catalans Dragons still have to play

Drew Darbyshire
Liam Farrell, James Roby, Ben Garcia Super League

Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors), James Roby (St Helens) and Ben Garcia (Catalans Dragons) in Super League action

The race for the League Leaders’ Shield is well and truly on after Wigan and St Helens edged closer to table toppers Catalans at the weekend.

Catalans have occupied top spot for the majority of the season, sitting on 34 points having won 17 from 23 games.

But with Wigan picking up an impressive 34-0 win over Catalans in the south of France on Saturday, it sees Matt Peet’s side just two points behind in the league table.

And St Helens also sit two points behind Catalans – trailing Wigan by points difference – following their 34-4 victory at Castleford in Round 23.

With just four games of the regular season remaining, we’ve taken a look at the run-in for the three teams who are at the top of the Super League ladder and are vying for the League Leaders’ Shield.

A top two finish would guarantee a home semi-final in the play-offs, with the number one ranked side scooping the League Leaders’ Shield.

Steve McNamara’s Dragons have three away games in the shape of Hull KR, Wakefield and Salford whilst they take on Leeds at the Stade Gilbert Brutus in their penultimate game of the regular season.

Meanwhile, Wigan have two home games and two away – Salford and Castleford at the DW Stadium and Leeds and Leigh on the road.

Reigning champions Saints also have two home and two away fixtures in the run-in. They will travel to Wakefield and Warrington whilst hosting Leigh and Hull FC at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Super League table after Round 23 The Super League table after Round 23

The run-in for the League Leaders’ Shield

Catalans Dragons: Hull Kingston Rovers (A), Wakefield Trinity (A), Leeds Rhinos (H), Salford Red Devils (A)

Wigan Warriors: Salford Red Devils (H), Leeds Rhinos (A), Castleford Tigers (H), Leigh Leopards (A)

St Helens: Wakefield Trinity (A), Leigh Leopards (H), Warrington Wolves (A), Hull FC (H)

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