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Catalans Dragons roar back to relegate Leigh in the Million Pound Game

• Leigh Centurions 10-26 Catalans Dragons
• Lewis Tierney gets two tries as French club score 22 unanswered points

For the victors of an all-Super League Million Pound Game, there is often a sense of relief rather than celebration. Whether that resonated beyond the small bunch of Catalans Dragons directors and staff who punched the air at full-time here is unclear, but what is beyond question is that in 2018 Super League will retain its international presence for the 12th consecutive season.

In many ways, it is difficult to properly weigh up the value of Catalans to Super League. Critics argue they bring little in terms of travelling support or financial value, while others believe that a strong Dragons means, in turn, a stronger rugby league presence in France.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/30/leigh-centurions-catalans-dragons-million-pound-game-match-report

Widnes on track for top three after Lloyd White tries help beat Leigh

• Qualifiers: Leigh 8-24 Widnes
• Widnes in top three of Qualifiers and set for Super League return

Widnes took a significant step towards a safe passage back to the top flight next year with with a 20-8 victory here in the Super 8 Qualifiers.

At times this season, Widnes have looked in serious danger of being in the Million Pound Game when the Qualifiers came around. But the Super 8s is when we truly find out what a team is all about – and with just three rounds remaining it is beginning to look much clearer who will finish where come the conclusion of the Qualifiiers.

Related: St Helens’ Ben Barba overshadowed by Wigan’s superb Sean O’Loughlin

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/03/leigh-widnes-qualifiers-match-report

Shaun Lunt double sinks Leigh to keep Hull KR on track for Super League return

• Leigh 16-20 Hull KR
• Captain seals victory with late try after Leigh dominate early on

Hull Kingston Rovers took a significant step towards an instant return to Super League next season by maintaining their unbeaten start to the Qualifiers with victory over Leigh Centurions.

The Robins, widely expected to be the side most capable of achieving promotion from the Championship this season, will probably need to win only three of their remaining five games after two tries from their captain, Shaun Lunt, laid the platform for victory here.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/12/leigh-hull-kr-qualifiers-match-report