Tonight's Game at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle is heading for a sell-out as Castleford Tigers look to secure their first Minor Premiership of the Super League era, and top the table for the first time in their ninety-one year history.
The club have reported that there are less than 500 tickets still available for the clash with Wakefield Trinity and the RFL have confirmed that either a draw or a victory tonight would see Daryl Powell’s side being presented with the League Leaders Shield.
Halifax are counting the cost of their 36-12 defeat to Widnes on Sunday afternoon which could see them without Simon Grix and Will Sharp for Saturday afternoons crucial trip to the Halliwell-Jones where they will take on the Warrington Wolves.
Still looking for their first points in the Qualifiers, defeat at the weekend could signal the end of their quest for Super League in 2018.
Round two of the Super Eights Qualifiers took place over Saturday and Sunday with two games on each day.
Saturday saw the mouthwatering prospects of Hull KR travelling to Leigh Centurions with both sides desperate for 2018 Super League action. Over at the Halliwell-Jones the Warrington Wolves were taking on fellow Super League side the Catalans Dragons.
On Sunday Widnes Vikings travelled to Halifax while London and Featherstone met at the Trailfinders.
After banishing all thoughts of the loss to York with last weekends win over Workington, the Toronto Wolfpack were on the road again, this time to Keighley Cougars who themselves beat York last weekend.
Both sides came into the game without some key players. The Cougars were without Nicholson and Lynam while the visitors are missing the services of Dixon, Wheeler, Bailey and Penkywicz who are all injured.
The bookies unsurprisingly had the Wolfpack as big favourites and they won 48-21 when the two sides met earlier in the season, but the Cougars were looking for their fourth consecutive victory.
The second round of the Qualifying Eights brought the much anticipated matchup between Super League’s Leigh Centurions and the Hull KR side that they replaced for the 2017 season. This would be a clear indication of which of these two sides might be playing their rugby in the elite competition in 2018 and it was a game that neither side could lose.
Just two places separated these two sides at the split with the Centurions finishing Super League in eleventh while KR were the runaway leaders in the Championship with just one loss.
Both sides sat in the top three after wins last week, Leigh after a 38-12 victory over Featherstone while KR had a fright in their 26-22 win against Halifax.
It was written in the 'shooting' stars that tonight would be the night that the Castleford Tigers would get within a mathematical whisker of the minor premiership as they travelled to the A J Bell Stadium in Salford to take on a Red Devils side desperate for the two points.
Depending on results elsewhere, a win could lift the Red Devils into fourth, but a loss could see them losing touch with the play-off places. Castleford were looking to avoid a second consecutive loss and the bookies favoured them taking the points with some ease.
It would come down to which side wanted it the most.
The second round of the Super League Super Eights got underway as the second placed Leeds Rhinos made the short trip to Wakefield to take on sixth placed Trinity. The home side were seeking a turnaround in their recent form and a return to the play-off positions but the Rhinos wanted to points to reduce Castleford Tigers lead at the top to six points.
Chris Chester welcomed back Jacob Miller from a broken leg as he made a few positional changes to the side which were beaten heavily at Huddersfield Giants last weekend. Leeds coach Brian McDermott made just one change as Rob Burrow came into the seventeen as he returned from injury with Jordan Lilley stepping aside.
The bookies and pundits could only see a Rhinos victory, but no-one told Wakefield.
The second round of the Super League Super Eights kicks off with a Thursday night derby between Wakefield Trinity and the Leeds Rhinos.
The remaining three fixtures take place on Friday night with Minor Premiers elect Castleford Tigers away at fourth placed Salford Red Devils, sixth placed resurgent St Helens looking to jump over their opponent Hull FC into third spot and the bottom two, Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants battling it out at the DW Stadium.
The Super Eights Qualifiers got underway this weekend with seven games standing between six sides and their Super League and Championship futures. For two sides there will be an extra eighth game, the Million Pound Match, where the winner takes all in terms of promotion.
Warrington Travelled to Widnes on Friday night, with games between Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions and the Catalans Dragons and London Broncos on Saturday afternoon. The remaining fixture between Hull KR and Halifax was a Sunday afternoon kick-off.
After suffering their first defeat of the season in the opening game of the Championship One Super 8s at the hands of the York City Knights, the previously all-conquering Toronto Wolfpack travelled to Cumbria to take on Workington Town.
The Wolfpack demonstrated their vulnerability last week, and after Workington Town registered a victory over Newcastle Thunder in the opening round of the eights, they came into today's game full of confidence.
Poor weather conditions were a potential leveller but Toronto were still firm favourites.