As reported by BBC Sport, the rugby league Super League competition has come to an arrangement on how to decide which teams will qualify for its end of season playoff semi-finals.

The competition will use points percentage, as it struggles to cope with a raft of game cancellations due to the ongoing pandemic.

Worry teams may not make up games

The report goes on to disclose that the league bosses have concerns that not every team will be able to play the same number of games.

As a result, points percentage will decide the final table of the Super League this season.

Five games have been postponed so far this season due to pandemic related reasons. Therefore, with concerns about the backlog of fixtures, this decision has been made.

Leeds Rhinos v Toronto Wolfpack - Betfred Super League
LEEDS, ENGLAND – MARCH 05: Toronto Wolfpack’s Josh McCrone is tackled by Leeds Rhinos’ Ash Handley and Cameron Smith during the Betfred Super League match between Leeds Rhinos and Toronto Wolfpack at Emerald Headingley Stadium on March 5, 2020 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The decision seems like an eminently sensible one. There is no guarantee that the clubs in the league will be able to play the equal number of games.

Therefore, it is better to apply these rules to the league now, whilst teams are able to play.

Indeed, the report reveals that the points percentage rules have been applied. As a result, Catalan Dragons move to the top of the league from fourth place.

Not surprised if other sports take note

It would not be a surprise to see the system that Super League has decided on be applied to other sports.

There is probably a significant chance that games are postponed in various sporting league due to pandemic related issues.

If that happens, the sporting associations will be looking for a way to get leagues finished if games cannot be rescheduled in the allotted time available.

Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves - Betfred Super League
WIGAN, ENGLAND – JANUARY 30: Sitaleki Akauola of Warrington during the Super League match between Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves at DW Stadium on January 30, 2020 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

That might mean a call to the Super League. Possibly to discuss with them how they came to their decision-making process.

Even though sport has been affected by the pandemic for months, it is still getting to grips with the situation.

That’s why changes might yet come to more sports in Britain before the end of the year. Hopefully there aren’t too many interruptions but it is better to have a plan in place.

Super League may be ahead of the curve in what they have done. Only time will tell on that front.

Have something to tell us about this article?