The Super League play-offs in their current form may attract some criticism, but they are keeping the season alive for several clubs in the bottom half.
With five regular season games to play, the race for the final play-off places is well and truly on.
The top six look home and dry, while Catalan will be confident of finishing the job and claiming seventh place.
Widnes, who have been in the top eight for the whole season, currently occupy the final spot, but face nearest challengers Hull KR in what is a crunch match this weekend at the Select Security Stadium.
A shock win over Warrington last weekend means that Wakefield are still in with a shout, and Salford have been building momentum for several weeks, which means they can’t be ruled out of sneaking in to the top eight.
With Bradford and London already relegated, that just leaves Hull – although given the number of teams above them and the fact that they are already five points behind Widnes, it will be a minor miracle if they make the play-offs.
Here’s a look at the respective run-ins for the sides involved:
NOW UPDATED WITH GAMES PLAYED AFTER ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Catalan – 23 points, -4 points difference
Hull KR (A)
Widnes – 23 points, -104 PD
Hull KR – 20 points, -16
Wakefield – 19 points, -177
Hull – 18 points, +50
Hull KR (H)
Salford – 17 points, -125
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