St Helens thrashed Wakefield Trinity 41-16 in the final game of the Super League regular season to deny them a top-four finish.
Wakefield would have been assured of a place in the top four - and four home games in the Super 8s - even if they had lost by up to 14 points at Belle Vue on Sunday but they were soundly beaten by the rampant Saints.
Salford Red Devils sneak into the top four on points difference after Justin Holbrook's ruthless Saints side claimed a fifth successive victory at Wakefield.
Danny Richardson jinked his way over for an early try before James Roby, Tommy Makinson and Regan Grace added four-pointers as Saints opened up a 24-6 advantage at the break.
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Zeb Taia also went over and Mark Percival was successful with eight strikes from the tee, while Richardson completed the scoring with a drop goal right at the end.
Former Saints man Matty Ashurst, Scott Grix and Mason Caton-Brown crossed for Trinity, who must regroup for the Super 8s.