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Play-offs explained

Super League
St Helens pipped defending champions Leeds to the top of the table at the end of the regular season, but the slate was wiped clean for the start of the play-offs.

Saints hammered Leeds on 19 September to go straight through to the Grand Final, but the Rhinos will have to pick themselves up when they take on Wigan in the final eliminator on Friday.

The Warriors beat Bradford to successfully negotiate the first hurdle, and followed it up with a comprehensive defeat of Catalans Dragons in the south of France.

The Dragons had been many experts' dark horses after crushing Warrington 46-8 in their first ever Super League play-off game, but Wigan put an end to their hopes for this season.


Super League XII play-off schedule (all times BST)

GAME A

Elimination play-off One (12 Sept):

Wigan 30-14 Bradford
Wigan progress to Elimination Semi-Final (Game D); Bradford eliminated

GAME B

Elimination play-off Two (13 Sept):

Catalans 46-8 Warrington
Catalans progress to Elimination Semi-Final (Game D); Warrington eliminated

GAME C

Qualifying Semi-Final (19 Sept):

St Helens 38-10 Leeds
St Helens progress to Grand Final; Leeds get second chance in Final Eliminator (Game E)

GAME D

Elimination Semi-Final (20 Sept):

Catalans Dragons 28-50 Wigan
Wigan through to Final Eliminator (Game E); Catalans eliminated

GAME E

Final Eliminator:

Leeds v Wigan
Friday 26 September, 2000 BST kick-off
Headingley, Leeds
Winners through to Grand Final; losers eliminated

GRAND FINAL

Winner of Game C v Winner of game E
Saturday 4 October, 1800 kick-off
Old Trafford, Manchester


* Home advantage in play-offs is determined by final League placing at all times.

If a match is drawn after normal time, then extra time of 10 minutes each way will be played.

If the score is equal after this, then the match will continue until it is decided by a Golden Point.

see also
Wigan 30-14 Bradford
12 Sep 08 |  Rugby League
Catalans Dragons 46-8 Warrington
13 Sep 08 |  Rugby League
St Helens 38-10 Leeds
19 Sep 08 |  Rugby League
Catalans 26-50 Wigan
20 Sep 08 |  Rugby League


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