Week nine of the Super League saw a top of the table clash between Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves and wins for key rivals.
Leeds Rhinos win at Wire
Warrington Wolves were beaten 28-22 in the weekend's big game, a replay of the Super League Grand Final last year and they can point to disastrous defending in the first half as the main cause.
However, Leeds Rhinos also have an ace up their sleeve in England winger Ryan Hall, who squeezed in two tries that very few people would have been able to do to push Leeds ahead.
Leeds had been hit by injuries but Hall's ability to score from almost impossible situations showcased the side's class and with two games in hand it seems Rhinos are timing their charge to the top to perfection.
As for Warrington, they rallied in the second half and scored a brilliant team try finished off by Ryan Atkins but their ability to win the big games when it counts is under more scrutiny than ever before.
Giants briefly on top
Castleford Tigers are now bottom of the league and have not won in nine games and despite a late flurry of three tries they were never close to an upset against in-form Huddersfield Giants.
The Giants scored seven tries to go top of the table including a double from impressive winger Jermaine McGillvary. Shaun Lunt, Joe Wardle, Aaron Murphy, Luke Robinson and Brett Ferres also crossed the line for Giants in a strong performance.
While Wigan may have leapfrogged Huddersfield on Sunday the win keeps the distance between Giants and Leeds in the Super League.
The reason Huddersfield are not top of the league is because Wigan Warriors beat Wakefield 44-24 to move to the summit.
Wigan were helped by the silly dismissal of Wakefield prop Justin Poore after just 11 minutes for punching and proceeded to take Wakefield apart.
Sam Tomkins was once again the key man after scoring a hat-trick of tries and even looked comfortable without star man Pat Richards after he was delayed from flying back from Australia last week.
After wins for Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants Wigan handled the pressure of playing on Sunday well and look like a good tip for the title on current form.
Wigan's ability to overcome injuries and a youthful line up bodes well - the average age of the side was just 23 - and they will be the team to beat at the end of the season.
Hull KR shock St Helens
Rested legs and stung egos were the main factors in Hull Kingston Rovers stunning St Helens in a 22-14 victory last weekend just days after a record 84-6 thrashing at the hands of Wigan Warriors.
Perhaps the result was inevitable. St Helens have not won at Hull KR for six years and despite two tries from youngster Mark Percival they were unable to get into a scrappy game once Hull KR had gone ahead through Cory Paterson.
The result leaves Hull KR in mid-table but means St Helens drop further behind the leaders in sixth place. They will now have to make up a four point gap to Wigan if they want to finish top and on current form this looks unlikely.
Meanwhile, the defeat to Wigan has led Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell to step down from his role at the end of the season.
He says the 'penny's dropped' and he does not believe the current board can achieve his ambitions for the club. His use of the phrase 'standing still' and the poor financial condition of the club will be a worry for Hull KR fans and a timely reminder the 'have-nots' in the Super League are struggling to stay alive without cash injections.