Leeds Rhinos have already secured the first Super League victory of the weekend as the title contenders jostle for first place. Meanwhile, a St Helens legend gets a new job.
Leeds Rhinos secure victory
Bizarrely, after having so many games in hand for so much of the season Leeds Rhinos have now played one extra game than the rest of the title challengers. So too have London Broncos, but being three points adrift at the bottom they will be simply hoping this horror season is over and that the club will survive as a Super League team for as long as possible.
Leeds, meanwhile, are now securely in fourth place after dispatching the wretched Broncos 30-18 in the midweek game. Rhinos now sit fourth in the table, two points behind Warrington Wolves but seven points ahead of fifth place Catalan Dragons.
The match itself was notable for Kevin Sinfield clocking up 500 games for Leeds and scoring five consecutive conversions as a timely reminder of his class.
Broncos will point to three tries as signs of improvement after a 70-0 embarrassment against Wigan Warriors in the Challenge Cup semi final last weekend. That may be so, but this game has two teams finishing in their likely end of season positions.
Wigan Warriors take on Hull KR
Wigan Warriors have lost top spot in the Super League for the first time in months but they can regain it, albeit temporarily for a couple of days, by defeating Hull KR on Friday.
However, Rovers can move ahead of Catalan Dragons if they win against Wigan, who have looked out of sorts despite a morale-boosting victory over London Broncos in the cup. If Hull KR win they will keep the distance away from St Helens in seventh place and move above Catalan Dragons in fifth.
Wigan's top goalscorer Pat Richards will miss out again and his absence has been telling. However, they could welcome back Epalahame Lauaki and young Joe Burgess.
Hull meanwhile will include Keal Carlile in place of Graeme Horne in the only change to their squad for this top-half tie.
Good week for Huddersfield Giants
Huddersfield Giants are the current Super League leaders and it has been a good few days for the league leaders. Not only are they one point ahead of Wigan Warriors, they have a home game against lowly Salford City Reds this weekend as they look to maintain that lead.
They are also celebrating captain Danny Brough signing a new five-year contract at the club. The Scotland half-back is integral to everything Giants do and at just 30 years old he has several seasons left in him.
Brough has scored 237 points this season to eclipse every other Super League player and has stated he now wants silverware with the Yorkshire club. Just what are England missing with the player who has turned his back over lack of opportunities?
Super League games
Other Super League games this weekend includes Hull FC against Widnes Vikings. While Vikings are treading water near the bottom of the table - a welcome relief compared to their previous, rock-bottom season - Hull FC are chasing a playoff spot.
Hull occupy the final playoff spot, one point ahead of Wakefield Wildcats, and can move a step closer with victory over Widnes. However, they will have to do without influential full-back Shannon McDonnell, who is out for the season with a hamstring injury.
Other fixtures include Catalan Dragons against St Helens in playoff position clash and Castleford Tigers taking on title-chasing Warrington Wolves. The final fixture will be Wakefield Wildcats and Bradford Bulls on Sunday.
St Helens legend Sean Long is one of the Super League's greatest ever players. The tattooed scrum half was a coach at major rivals Wigan Warriors, where he started his career, for just three months before moving on.
He has now landed at Featherstone, the Championship leaders, where he has been given the role of football manager until the end of the season. However, he will not be coaching the side in the wake of Daryl Powell's departure to Castleford Tigers.
Instead he will manage the club and put in 'structures' to improve it. However, if he is intending to stay for the long term he will have to deal with new coach John Bastian arriving in December.
St Helens fans will be delighted with seeing the legend back in such a prominent position and Featherstone now have a wealth of experience to call on. With a Super League reshuffle on the way Featherstone will be thinking they should prepare for a possible shot at top flight rugby.