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How the last round of fixtures can shape Saints' play-off route
9:48pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Latest News
LAST weekend's results mean that Saints will play either Hull KR or Catalan in the sudden death knock out opening phase.
Although Saints are currently fifth on 29 points, Friday night's opponents Hull are only a point behind in sixth.
Seventh-placed Catalan, too, are only a point behind the Saints, meaning that Saints must get a point from their trip to Humberside to guarantee a home draw in round one of the play offs.
If Saints win or draw on Friday they will play eighth-placed Hull KR at Langtree Park.
Rovers are Saints' bogey side having completed the league double over them this year as well as knocking them out of the Challenge Cup.
If Saints lose to Hull and Catalan fail to win at home to Warrington then the Frenchmen will visit Langtree Park in the opening round.
However if the Dragons beat Warrington - a side that cannot alter their second-place finish - and Saints lose on Humberside, then Nathan Brown's boys will need their passports for another trip to the south of France.
The victors of the play-off games between Saints, Hull, Hull KR and Catalan will go into round two, with the losers eliminated.
Saints are in sudden death for the first time since 2004 - Ian Millward's last full season in charge - so there are no second chances.
If they win their opening game, they will be away to one of the losers from the games involving the top four of Huddersfield, Leeds, Wigan and Warrington.
And if they won that, a tie against the top four winners awaits in the semi-final.