We have known for some time how the pieces would fall when it comes to the line-up for this season’s Super League playoffs semi-finals.
St Helens welcome Warrington Wolves to Langtree Park on Thursday night, while Castleford Tigers are preparing to make the trip to the home of the Wigan Warriors on Friday.
Saints and Warrington only last met on September 22 and it was this season’s League Leaders Shield winners, the Saints, who came out on top 34-14.
The most worrying thing for Wolves will be the fact that result came amongst the home comforts of the Halliwell Jones Stadium and now they must get a win at Langtree Park if they are to reach the holy grail of the Grand Final at Old Trafford.
Too little time has passed for Warrington to have made the strides needed to overturn that previous result and Saints should be able to march on through to the showpiece event on October 6.
Encounters between the Warriors and the Tigers have been tight affairs this season and this playoff semi-final looks like it be another close encounter.
Cas managed to edge a 19-18 victory over Wigan in West Yorkshire back in June but the latest meeting saw the Warriors triumph 24-22 at the DW Stadium in August.
Wigan have managed to become the first side ever to win all their Super 8 matches and the departing Shaun Wane, who joins up with the Scottish Rugby Union after this season, might just be able to take that momentum and guide his side over the line against Daryl Powell’s men.
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