Super League places already on the line in Qualifiers as Ben Westwood reaches massive milestone for Warrington

t’s a big weekend for the Qualifiers, where Super League places are at stake, including Hull KR’s trip to Leigh.

It’s a significant game early on in the competition, and one that we at Rovers would like to win.

That would put pressure on everyone else around us, and defeat for Leigh would turn the spotlight on them too.

We go in as underdogs so all the pressure is on them, and sometimes that can get to people.

But for either side a loss won’t be a disaster – there will still be five games to go and there will be plenty of twists and turns to come.

Our form has been a bit scratchy of late, and I think some of that comes down to not having a lot to play for once we’d secured top spot in the Championship.

Hull KR take on Josh Drinkwater’s Leigh on Saturday (Image: Rex Features)

We weren’t great against Halifax on Sunday but the good thing is we ended up winning, and that’s usually the sign of a good side when they’re off form.

It’s a good characteristic to have but we don’t want to make a habit of it.

I don’t think the Challenge Cup win at Leigh earlier this year will have much relevance, apart from giving our players the belief that they can go there and win.

And I’m sure it will make sure that Leigh take us seriously because they know if they don’t turn up with their A game then they could get beaten.

Also on Saturday is Warrington against Catalans – and having beaten Widnes already, I think if the Wolves win we can almost say they will be back in Super League.

You’d expect that with the quality of players that they have on their books there.

But I do worry about Catalans after the way they performed against London last week, and they don’t tend to travel well.

The match will mark Ben Westwoo d ’s 400th for Warrington, and he’s been fantastic for the club.

Wolves’ Westwood has been a great servant for his club (Image: PA Archive)

He’s a very uncompromising player but he’s also talented as well – he has that instinctive rugby talent.

He’s also a good fella and a real character within the game, and it’s a great landmark for him to reach.

On Sunday London host Featherstone and I’ve been impressed with how the Broncos have been building under Andrew Henderson.

They’re always difficult to beat and certainly at Hull KR we’re happy we’ll be playing them at home and not at their ground.

Catalans Dragons take on Warrington, who have almost confirmed their Super League place (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

But arguably the most interesting match of all is Halifax against Widnes.

Fax can give them a real game, and if Widnes are serious about staying in Super League I think they need a really strong performance.

Halifax are a well coached team that is difficult to break down and they’re in a good vein of form at the moment.

It might be closer than a few people think.