Super League’s play-offs will commence next week in an expanded top-six format after more positive coronavirus tests at clubs forced a change to the plans previously put in place. The regular season had been due to conclude on Friday, November 13, with the table decided via points percentage. However, matters were complicated by Castleford Tigers and Hull Kingston Rovers both being forced to cancel matches after positive Covid-19 tests in both camps left them short of players – in Rovers’ case, forcing them to conclude their season early.
“We believe this revised structure provides the best and fairest way to ensure the two most deserving teams reach the Grand Final,” Super League chief commercial officer Rhodri Jones said. “I’m sure everyone will be excited about five huge games, set to deliver an even more exciting climax to the 2020 season.”
“The revised format to the playoff schedule provides fans and Sky Sports with an extended series of exciting knockout matches to finish the season,” he added. “Nothing has been predictable in this 2020 season and we hope players, supporters and the media will appreciate why we have made this change.”
“Our clubs unanimously voted for a 12-team Super League in 2021. The process of choosing that 12th team will start as soon as possible.” executive chairman Robert Elstone said. “We are committed to ensuring that the process is independent and impartial, and stands up to scrutiny, and accordingly, ensuring the committee is properly constituted and clearly mandated is our first priority.”