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The biggest derby in the game, Wigan Warriors against St Helens, had the added spice of a mid-week managerial sacking as Saints parted company with Kieron Cunningham after twenty-three years of service. Eighth placed Saints would go level on points with the Warriors if they could get a win at the DW Stadium but the home side themselves had their eyes on fourth spot.

The Warriors welcomed back captain Sean O'Loughlin and Michael McIlorum returned just over twelve months after breaking his ankle. The new coaching staff at Saints gave a debut to exciting winger Regan Grace, and Matty Smith made his first return to his old stomping ground.

It could only be described as a basement clash as Super League's two lowliest clubs went head to head at the Halton Stadium. Warrington Wolves were looking to build on last weekends win over the Leeds Rhinos as they visited a Widnes Vikings side coming into the game of the back of a hiding at Wakefield.

It had the promise of a low scoring affair as the league's two worst attacks were looking to improve on their average of just fifteen points a game. The prize at the end of the night would be eleventh spot, not what either of these sides would have expected to be scrapping over at the start of the season.

The John Smith's Stadium was the venue for a Wednesday night round nine fixture between tenth placed Huddersfield Giants, and eighth placed Catalans Dragons. Both sides have had disappointing starts to the season and were on an increasingly desperate points trail, and looking to start the Easter period with a win.

Huddersfield gave a debut to full back Jake Mamo, while the Dragons named Tony Gigot in the same position for the second game of the season after his two year suspension was reduced to three months.

Round nine of the Kingstone Press Championship kicked off on Saturday evening as Oldham made the long trip to Toulouse.

The remaining five games were all Sunday afternoon kick-offs with Hull KR looking to continue their unbeaten record at Swinton, Bradford Bulls were at home to the Sheffield Eagles, Featherstone Rovers hosted Batley Bulldogs, Halifax took on Dewsbury Rams and Batley Bulldogs were hosts to Rochdale Hornets.

It was second against third as two of the sides with a one hundred percent Kingstone Press Championship One record met at a sunny Keepmoat Stadium. With Barrow winning last night a win was required by both sides to draw back level top.

Doncaster have made great start to the 2017 season and with a team containing a number of players with Super League experience they have their eyes on a Championship spot next season. The Wolfpack welcomed back Moimoi after a three game suspension, but were without new signing Ryan Bailey who was signed too late to make his debut.

Having secured a point from last weeks drawn game with Hull FC the Warrington Wolves played host to the high flying Leeds Rhinos, still smiling from last weekends win over the Wigan Warriors. Victory for the Wolves could see them off the bottom, should the Vikings slip up at Trinity, but the Rhinos knew that a win would see them back level top with near neighbours Castleford Tigers.

Both coaches had changes forced upon them. The Wolves were without a concussed Kevin Brown who was replaced by Declan Patton, and the Rhinos will be without the services of Brett Ferres for six games and he was replaced by Liam Sutcliffe.

The Rhinos last won at the Halliwell-Jones in 2011 and were keen that tonight would not continue their bad run.

Daryl Powell's Castleford Tigers are emerging as the real thing in 2017. By far the best attack, averaging over forty per game, and the second best defence fully justify their table topping start to the season. But round eight sent them to the DW Stadium to take on a Wigan Warriors side who were still smarting after a defeat against Leeds last weekend,which saw them drop out of the top four.

The Warriors needed the win to get back into the top four but a victory for the Tigers would lift them two points clear at the top of the table.

With Wigan and Castleford currently joint favourites to lift the 2017 Super League Trophy this was the game of the round.

Round eight of the Kingstone Press Championship was played out on a try-rich Sunday afternoon.

Batley Bulldogs travelled to the east coast to try and halt the Hull KR express while the chasing pack were all on the road. Toulouse were at Rochdale Hornets, Featherstone Rovers at Dewsbury Rams and London Broncos at Sheffield Eagles.

Elsewhere Bradford Bulls continued their quest for positive points at Oldham Roughyeds, and Halifax hosted Swinton Lions.

It was Super League's eighth against ninth as Wakefield Trinity made the long trip to the sunny south of France to take on the Catalans Dragons.

Both teams have had inconsistent starts to the season and were looking for the two league points but more importantly a confidence boost as they look to secure a top eight spot and keep their eyes on a top four finish.

After a minutes silence was impeccably observed out of respect for Dom Crosby's daughter Ada who sadly passed away during the week, two determined sides took their places for an equally crucial game, for very different reasons.

The visitors, Hull FC, needed a win to take them back level top of the table with Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos but Warrington were desperate for a win to get their season underway after six consecutive Super League 2017 losses.
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