So, we’re into the 24th round in the current Super League season with just 3 more rounds to go. Poor old Salford City Reds are clinging on at the bottom of the table 3 points behind. Most have now decided their Super League days will be over come September, as they still have to travel to Wigan and Harlequins as well as playing Warrington at home on the final game of the season. Hull KR who currently sit 11th in the table due to winning a dismal 8 out 24 games so far are the only other real possible relegation battlers. KR currently have 16 points which does give them a decent advantage over the lacking Salford. Nevertheless, if Salford can somehow manage to pull off the almost impossible and win all their remaining games, Hull KR are still to play the exciting Hull derby next week along with Huddersfield and Wigan. This situation just yet again shows how difficult it is for the newly promoted side to stay up and make a real impression on the top flight.
Whilst one battle comes to an end another heats up in Co-Operative National League 1; the battle for promotion that is. With Castleford Tigers now top of the table and 1 point ahead of previous leaders Widnes Vikings, it’s getting increasingly close leading into the playoffs. Castleford have one home game to Leigh Centurions and one away game against the Rochdale Hornets left to play in the domestic season. Their rivals Widnes Vikings must still travel to Whitehaven and Batley before starting the playoff campaign.
Amongst all this annual battling for promotion and relegation is one huge rumour which in my opinion is the most interesting thing to happen to Rugby League in quite a while. There is lots of talk buzzing around that come the end of this season the two teams who reach the National League 1 Grand Final will both be promoted. In addition to this it’s thought that nobody will be relegated from Super League this season. Making the top flight 14 teams and better prepared for the new franchise in 2009.
If the RFL are in fact planning this change then I can see why. However, teams such as Hull KR, Salford, Widnes and Castleford have been battling hard this season to achieve their goals and now may just be given the reward anyway on a technicality. Somehow I think their fans will be a bit miffed but in the grand scheme of this I think they’ll be happy just to be in Super League.
Well that’s my first blog written. Check back for updates within the week guys.
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