Round One of the Super8s really helped define early doors who was looking to dominate during the stretch, and who might run in to a little bit of trouble. Down in the Qualifiers, the local derby between Featherstone and Leeds helped highlight just how different this Rhinos side are from the one that struggled for the majority of the regular season, with players back from injury and renewed confidence helping underline their control of the tie. Wigan too, up against Wakefield in the Super8s, brushed off an up-and-down regular campaign with a sizeable win.
However, all hasn't gone to plan for Hull FC, as the side who topped the table after the regular season were caught cold by an inspired Castleford side who would've won by a far wider margin had it not been for a late fightback. The form side in the country at the moment, St Helens went to Warrington and won in a close encounter, with many now tipping the club to have a real say in the play-offs.
That said, there's still plenty of rugby left to be played between now and the end of the Super8s, so here are all the best bets for Round Two.
Widnes Vikings vs Hull FC
Thursday 11th August, 20:00
Live on Sky Sports
Caught cold after a Challenge Cup semi-final the week before, Hull won't have been at all happy with how they performed against a dominant Castleford side last time out. A late fightback made the scoreline far more respectable than it could've been, and despite getting within touching distance late on, there was only ever one side who truly deserved to win that match. With an away trip to Widnes on the cards, FC will be looking at this as an opportunity to get back on the right track.
Widnes, however, are rarely an easy side to beat at home, with their iPitch coming in to play. The non-traditional playing surface can throw off away teams, and with the Vikings using the stadium to train on, their players are far more used to doing the business on it than anyone else. Top four may well be out of the question for Widnes, but that doesn't mean they'll be downing tools at this stage, with head coach Dennis Betts likely to demand a committed performance regardless of the circumstances.
All of the pressure is on Hull going in to this one, and while there's every chance they could blowout Widnes if they get a roll on, the fact that the Vikings can play without fear and have fun with what they're doing with nothing to lose makes them a dangerous opponent. Hull looked a little drained and nervous against Castleford last time out, and this game could prove to be another banana skin.
Recommended Bet: Widnes Vikings to beat Hull FC @ 15/8
St Helens vs Catalan Dragons
Friday 12th August, 20:00
Live on SkySports
Saints are the form club in the competition right now, which looked like a ludicrous suggestion a few weeks back. Having recovered from a mid-season malaise, this is a team with renewed confidence and belief, and it's showing in how they've started to move the ball and attack the line with an intensity that wasn't previously evident. Jordan Turner has been in incredible form especially, and Saints will miss him when he moves to the NRL, but he looks hellbent on departing with a championship ring.
Catalan, on the other hand, are an odd proposition. With one of the most talented squads in the competition, they still don't appear to have any consistency, either at home or away. Fantastic to watch on their day with one of the most devastating attacks in Super League history in full flow, the Dragons look set for another season of being the best of the rest.
The way that Saints are going right now, you'd be a fool to bet against them. A solid performance and a win by a couple of scores sounds just about right.
Recommended Bet: St Helens to beat Catalan Dragons by 11-20pts @ 23/10
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats vs Warrington Wolves
Sunday 14th, 15:00
While it's fantastic that Wakefield have avoided the qualifiers and secured their Super League status for another season, their fans might not enjoy the way this is going. Well off the pace compared to those at the top of the league, Trinity have little to play for - and it's showing. Well and truly humbled by Wigan last time out, the last thing they'll want to see is a Warrington side looking to get back on the horse after a narrow loss against Saints.
Perhaps the most compelling advert for giving our the League Leaders' Shield after the end of the regular season and wiping the points away to start afresh for the Super8s, this game looks like another case of a side with something to play for making easy work of a team with no chance whatsoever of extended their season in to the play-offs, which is a bit of a shame.
If this goes anything like the Wigan game, then Wire are in for an easy night. Needing to keep up with the rest of the pack and goal difference likely to come in to play at the end of the season, this would be an opportunity for the away side to boost their totals.
Recommended Bet: Warrington Wolves to beat Wakefield Trinity Wildcats by 31-40pts @ 6/1