Catalans Dragons are the new leaders of the 2020 Super League following a radical shake-up of the system, with final positions to be determined by points percentage rather than points gained.
The move by the Rugby Football League acknowledges the real possibility that not all clubs will be able to play the same number of matches before the end of the season due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
So far there are six league fixtures to rearrange and, with six of the 11 clubs having players who have tested positive for COVID-19, the RFL is clearly bracing itself for more disruption.
The radical changes come in immediately and the Dragons now top of the revised table despite having played just seven matches, displacing reigning champions St Helens who have played 10.
The title will still be determined by a four-team play-off and a grand final.
The RFL says to qualify for the play-offs a team must have played a minimum of 15 matches, although it retains the right to review the stipulation.
In another move that recognises the potential strain on Super League clubs' playing squads during the crisis, the RFL has also relaxed the salary cap for the 2020 season.
Clubs can now use any player on their register, including those recalled from loan spells, without impacting on cap, provided the player has a value of $A53,000 or less.
And, if a player who has tested positive for COVID-19 is unable to return after the minimum isolation or return-to-play periods, his club will be allowed to sign a replacement.