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Monday, 16 September, 2002, 10:20 GMT 11:20 UK
Still everything to play for

Will the compilers of the fixture list please take a bow.

Whether by accident or design, they and their computers have provided Super League with perhaps the most dramatic and nerve tingling finale to any season in the game's history.

Wigan chairman Maurice Lindsay agrees: "Throughout the year some people have said that the fixture list was flawed - well just take a look at what a finale it has produced.

"Whether a team is at the top, in the middle, or at the bottom of our league, that team is now playing other teams of equal merit and with equal ambitions.

Bradford hold the Super League trophy aloft
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"Our fixture compilers are to be congratulated on devising a list which produces matches like we are now seeing at the season's end.

"The fixture list has produced some of the most meaningful and intriguing rugby for all clubs at the climax to the season."

Fans of St Helens, Bradford, London, Castleford, Widnes, Wakefield and Salford might not agree!

By the evening of Sunday 22 September the destiny of those clubs involved in the play-off and relegation battles will finally be decided.

Joint leaders St Helens and Bradford, separated at the top of Super League by points scored only, face stiff tests in Hull and in London.

Both must win and both must score heavily to guarantee the top spot and prime position ahead of October's Grand Final at Old Trafford.

Nothing certain here - the Bulls have won just one of four visits to the Boulevard in three seasons and Saints have already suffered a 40-6 humbling at the hands of the Broncos at Griffin Park

A win for Castleford over relegation-haunted Salford meanwhile will guarantee the Tigers the final sixth play-off place.

But any slip, and victory for either London or Widnes - over an injury ravaged Halifax outfit - could see either one of them overtake the Yorkshire men.

Salford meanwhile must beat Castleford if they are to guarantee their place in Super League next year.

But a loss and two league points for Wakefield Trinity over Warrington would send the City Reds tumbling out of the elite division.

Having only defeated the Tigers at the Willows once in the past decade the Reds are up against it, while Trinity could have the easier task, considering that Warrington are one of the few clubs with nothing left to play for.

Tension? Suspense? Drama?

Well, if you are not a fervent fan of any of the clubs involved, just sit back, enjoy the action, and watch it all unfold over the weekend.

And if you fancy a flutter on the most open field for years, then look to St Helens and Castleford to grab the honours, and Wakefield Trinity to avoid the drop.


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