Warrington Wolves have eased past Huddersfield Giants to book a Super League Grand Final spot but the final space is still up for grabs when Wigan Warriors take on Leeds Rhinos.
Warrington Wolves reach Super League final
Warrington Wolves were allowed to choose their semi-final opponents through the club call system and it paid off as they ran out 30-22 winners against League Leaders' Shield winners Huddersfield Giants.
Wolves had won the seven previous games between the two teams and Joel Monaghan capitalised on an error from Brett Ferres to score. While Danny Brough brought the scores level for Giants and Jake Connor put them into the lead two quick tries - one each from Monaghan and Scott Grix - gave Wolves a half-time lead.
Ryan Atkins then scored after catching a kick from Lee Briers but Jermaine McGillvary kept Giant's hopes alive with a quick try. When Dale Ferguson brought Huddersfield within touching distance, Wolves found themselves under pressure buy Scott Grix put the game beyond doubt late on and led Wolves to the Super League Grand Slam Final.
Wigan Warriors versus Leeds Rhinos
Wigan Warriors take on Leeds Rhinos in the Super League semi-final and welcome back Darrell Goulding and Sam Powell into the squad. Goulding has played 19 Super League games this season, scoring ten tries, but is not expected to start the game.
Leeds Rhinos name an unchanged squad from the one who defeated St Helens 11-10 last time out to secure the semi-final spot. Old Trafford will see the two teams play each other in the playoffs for the seventh time in ten years with Wigan winning just twice compared to Leeds' five victories.
Meanwhile, Leeds will still be confident after defeating Wigan in the final game of the season to leapfrog their rivals into third place.
Super League talent drain
The news Wigan Warriors' superstar full-back Sam Tomkins is set to join the NRL for a record £450,000 deal as more top Super League talent is lured away by the marketable Australian league and its lucrative TV deal.
Wigan have already lost Lee Mossop to the Super League and although the money will be a big bonus for the club, the steady stream of talent leaving the country will be alarming for the organisers behind Super League promotion.
It is particularly alarming that he chose New Zealand Warriors, a team that finished 11th of 16 teams in the NRL last time out. The 24-year-old star will now have the chance to leave on a high by inspiring his team to the Super League Grand Final title in his final few games for the club.
New manager at Hull FC
Hull FC owner Adam Pearson was never shy of sacking a manager or two while in charge of the city's football club and it seems he has carried that trait over into Rugby League management by removing coach Peter Gentle from his position after the club's 76-18 thrashing at the hands of Hull FC in the playoffs.
The club had already lost a Challenge Cup final to Wigan without scoring a point and Pearson is believed to have become disillusioned with the club's lack of attacking prowess over the course of the season. To rectify this he has appointed Lee Radford as head coach, the 34-year-old who is highly regarded on the youth and amateur circuits.
Previously manager of amateur side East Hull and assistant to Peter Gentile, Radford played nearly 400 games and even won a charity boxing match against fellow player Stuart Fielden in a colourful career.
Radford will have the benefit of having a rested Gareth Ellis available next year after the 32-year-old second row decided to quit England duty permanently just a month before a World Cup to be fit for Hull FC next year.
Bradford Bulls have had a turbulent year. After falling into administration a year ago the club was bought by a consortium led by Omar Khan. Having kept the club alive and earning it a probationary licence to compete in 2013, Khan has now stepped down from the club due to health issues.
Ryan Whitcut and Mark Moore have come in to take over the club while former player, 37-year-old Robbie Hunter-Paul, will take over as the new chief executive of the club.
He said: ""As the pinnacle and face of the club, I think it's important that the position is a strong one with the responsibilities to go with it.
"I'm excited about it and I don't need to even mention the passion I have for the Bulls because it's so well documented. I'm trying to bring the club back to where it belongs and it's exciting."