Huddersfield Giants will find out later today who they’ll face in Thursday’s home preliminary semi-final.
Coach Paul Anderson’s men know it’s going to be against the lowest ranked winner from this weekend’s two knockout play-off ties (between the sides who finished the Super League XVIII season in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth place).
That automatically rules out fifth-placed St Helens.
But it could be Saints’ visitors today, eighth-placed Hull KR, or sixth-placed Hull FC or seventh-placed Catalan Dragons, who did battle at the KC Stadium last night.
It will definitely be Rovers arriving at Huddersfield if the Robins beat Saints, and they are boosted by the return of influential trio Michael Dobson, Josh Hodgson and Cory Paterson as they seek a fourth win of the season over their opponents.
“I’m sure they will be looking for some revenge,” said skipper Dobson. “We’ve got to do the business again today. They’re hitting form at the right end of the year and they’ve got most of their injured blokes back, so it’s not going to be easy but hopefully we’ve got the strike power to get over them.”
Saints are close to full strength following the return from injury of England hooker James Roby and are regarded by many as dark horses to reach Old Trafford.
That Saints-Rovers clash at 5pm kicks-off straight after the qualifying play-off clash between Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos.