By Danny McCann
The end of yet another enthralling Super League season is nearly upon us.
With only two rounds of league games remaining, last year’s champions Wigan Warriors are sitting in pole position with Warrington Wolves only a point behind.
The top two are due to play each other on September 4th which surely will go a long way to deciding which team will get the league winners’ shield and be front runners for the Grand Final at Old Trafford.
St Helens,Huddersfield and French outfit Catalan Dragons look to have safely secured a play-off spot but are way adrift of the runaway leaders.
Leeds and Castleford should make the grade too but will be looking nervously over their shoulders as both Hull and Hull KR fight it out for the last play-off position.
Local boys Salford City Reds look likely to just miss out on the play offs. They will already be looking forward to next season playing in their new stadium.
The table is propped up by Wakefield Trinity and Welsh side Crusaders, both with only six wins so far this season.
Crusaders, based in Wrexham, have been forced to withdraw their application for a three year Super League license and will now re-form in the Co-operative Championship next season.
Player-wise, Wigan’s Sam Tomkins leads the try count with 26. He is the favourite to win the coveted Man of Steel award after being named the league’s best young player in 2010.
Hull KR’s Kris Welham has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks. He is now one of Super Leagues most deadly attackers and currently lies second in the top try scorers list with 22. Warrington’s Aussie import Joel Monaghan lies in third with 21.
The top two teams aren’t the only clubs getting the headlines. There have been players emerging into the limelight with great displays from all over Super League.
Castleford’s stand-off Rangi Chase has flourished, scoring 12 tries and assisting in 25 more, and has been instrumental in the Tigers’ drive towards the play-offs.
Jamie Foster of St Helens is only 25 and has only been in the first team for two years but he has really stepped up, scoring over 280 points. Only Warrington’s Brett Hodgson has scored more.
Super League will see a number of clubs losing their head coaches at the end of the season. The Warriors wave goodbye to the influential Michael Maguire who will be hopping off down under to South Sydney Rabbitohs.
With the likes of John Kear leaving Wakefield and Shaun McRae having to leave Salford halfway through the season, the break will lead to the customary re-shuffle of the pack for some sides.
With the play-offs looming there are no certainties as to who will win. What is certain is that it will once again be dramatic and entertaining. May the best team win!