Leeds Rhinos (12/1 Grand Final Winner) will be in this season’s Betfred Super League play-offs after a dramatic comeback victory saw them beat Castleford Tigers 14-8 at Headingley.
Saturday’s clash was a winner-takes-all contest for the final play-off spot with all other participants having booked their places.
Rohan Smith’s (pictured) Rhinos had been the form team, winning six in a row before losing to Catalans Dragons last week, setting up the tie with the Tigers, who had been beaten heavily by Salford Red Devils previously.
After a scoreless first half, Cas went 8-0 up thanks to Jake Mamo’s try and two Paul McShane kicks and looked to be heading to the top-six shootout.
However, after Rhyse Martin scored a penalty, Kruise Leeming crossed over following good work from Zak Hardaker against his old club.
Then, with the prospect of a golden-point showdown looming, Aidan Sezer scored a try to secure win for the Rhinos.
Leeds ultimately finished the season fifth after overtaking Salford and will next face Catalans (Catalans 4/9, Leeds 9/5, Tie 22/1 – Match Betting) in the play-offs.
The other eliminator will see the Red Devils go to Huddersfield Giants (Huddersfield 5/6, Salford EVS, Tie 20/1 – Match Betting), who ended the season third following a fantastic year in which they also reached the Challenge Cup final.
St Helens and Wigan (St Helens 11/8, Wigan 15/8 – Grand Final Winner) finished first and second in the regular season to receive automatic byes to the play-off semi-finals, with Saints looking to win a fourth straight Betfred Super League crown.
Kristian Woolf is heading back to Australia at the end of the season and will want to end on a high while Matt Peet is aiming to triumph with Wigan in his first year as head coach.
Catalans or Leeds will face St Helens while Wigan’s challenge will be the winner of Huddersfield and Salford.