8th August 2018, 14:00 | super_league

Super 8s Qualifiers: Road to Super League

Super 8s Qualifiers: Road to Super League

The Super 8s Qualifiers starts tomorrow with four teams from the Betfred Super League and Championship battling it out for promotion or to avoid relegation, last year’s Grand Final winners Leeds Rhinos will be looking to avoid relegation, while Canadian side Toronto Wolfpack will be flying the flag for North America.

Outright Super 8s Qualifiers WINNERS betting odds have been provided by Betfred, as of Wednesday 8 August 2018.

Halifax (100/1)

Halifax finished fourth during the 2017 season, they repeated that this season finishing one point ahead of Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions, as well as finishing on the same amount of points as London Broncos and Toulouse Olympique who only finished ahead of them on points difference.

Hull KR (5/2)

Hull KR have added to their squad after failing to qualify for the Super 8s, former KR winger Craig Hall re-signed for the club after leaving the club in 2014. His two tries against rivals Hull FC inspired his side to victory on a rain-soaked Friday night live on Sky Sports. KR have three tough away trips; Toronto Wolfpack, Leeds Rhinos and Toulouse Olympique.

Leeds Rhinos (6/4)

Favourites to win the Qualifiers and it’s no surprise if you look back in the club’s history, however, history does not win you games. Kevin Sinfield is leading the Rhinos into the Qualifiers who will be low in confidence after their season and loss to Warrington Wolves in the Challenge Cup semi-final. Their first test is a home tie against French side Toulouse Olympique, before they travel to London Broncos.

London Broncos (50/1)

London Broncos finished second in the Betfred Championship eight points behind Toronto Wolfpack, Broncos are unbeaten in seven games their last loss came against the Canadian side. Broncos kick off their Qualifiers campaign against two Super League sides, their first game will be away at Widnes Vikings, they will host Leeds Rhinos the week after.

Salford Red Devils (5/1)

Like Hull KR, Salford Red Devils will go into the Super 8s with some confidence after beating Leeds Rhinos in Round 23. Red Devils have added players to further strengthen their squad for the Qualifiers; Jansin Turgut, Joey Lussick and and Jackson Hastings who impressed in his first game against Rhinos. Devils face a trip to Hull KR before hosting Widnes Vikings in two opening first games. 

Toronto Wolfpack (4/1)

The Canadian side are the favourite Championship side to win the Super 8s, they won the League Leaders’ Shield with ease only losing two games all season. Wolfpack played Warrington Wolves in Round 6 of the Challenge Cup and lost 66-10, so they know it will be a step-up playing Super League teams.

Toulouse Olympique XIII (40/1)

Toulouse Olympique just missed out on the Qualifiers last year after finishing fifth, this year Mark Kheirallah kicked them into the Super 8s with impressive displays for the French side. They travel to Leeds Rhinos in their first game and will be hoping their recent results will have a negative effect on their confidence, Olympique’s next game will be at home against Championship rivals Halifax.

Widnes Vikings (12/1)

Widnes Vikings finished rock bottom of the Super League having not won a game in 17 matches, they will play London Broncos on Thursday live on Sky Sports. Vikings have struggled all year, they lost 52-24 to Castleford Tigers in Round 23, and they lost to the Qualifiers rivals Leeds Rhinos 34-0 in Round 22.