St Helens have monopolised Super League over the last four or five years.
Since 2018, Saints have finished top three times out of five and have won three Grand Finals in a row and are looking to make it a record breaking four on the spin come September 24th.
However, should they go on to win the Grand Final this year, it would perhaps be their hardest fought title win in the last five years.
This is due in part to the injury problems they themselves have had to negotiate, but also because of the challengers to their crown.
Anyone of the top six sides could very well lift the Super League trophy in just over two weeks’ time and that’s the view of Alex Walmsley who as a four-time Super League Champion knows exactly what it takes to win at Old Trafford.
He had his say on the five teams looking to take Saints’ crown as he expressed his excitement for the play-offs and picked out the side he felt are a “real danger” though he made it clear that all sides have a real chance at taking the trophy: “I think they all stand out in their own ways. There are six very different sides in the play-offs.
“I’ve got to mention Salford and what they’ve achieved this year, how they’ve gone about their work and some of the performances and scores they’ve put in. For me, they’re a real danger.
“I think all teams this year have all got a good stake to say they’ve got a good chance.
“Wigan were just behind us in the league and we’ve seen what Catalans have done last year. Huddersfield made the Challenge Cup Final, they’re used to big games now and Leeds have done it, their history is always there and they’ve shown in history they can do it from anywhere.
“It’s going to be an exciting play-offs.”
Saints of course enjoy a week off during the first week of the play-offs which will still go ahead despite the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II last night.
Walmsley noted he’d watch the games, if family life permits with Saints potentially meeting the winner of tonight’s game between Catalans and Leeds or indeed Salford should they beat Huddersfield: “I’ll watch them if I can, obviously having three kids under five sometimes makes it difficult but hopefully I can watch them and see how they get on.”