The 2023 Super League season is already up and running and Warrington Wolves have already laid down their marker as potential title contenders as they thumped Leeds Rhinos last night 42-10.
Reigning Champions St Helens, who this weekend take on Penrith Panthers in the World Club Challenge down under, are of course the favourites to make it five titles in a row.
However, who else are in the mix to be crowned Champions of Super League XXVIII.
Leeds were of course in the top four favourites but based on last night it would require the same kind of turn around as last season to see the Rhinos in the mix.
The two clubs many believe are a threat to Saints are the sides who finished second and third last season: Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants who met in a terrific Challenge Cup Final at Tottenham which was won by a dramatic Liam Marshall try late on.
It is the belief of Sky Sports presenter Brian Carney as he appeared on Talksport yesterday that these two are the contenders for the crown.
“A lot went right for them (Wigan) last year in Matt Peet’s first year in charge. I think Wigan are probably one of the contenders, Huddersfield as well.
“This regimented side who have spent big with a coach who knows exactly what he wants, you don’t stray from what he wants.
“It has proved successful, they came up short last year but they’ve added a bit of class so maybe Huddersfield to keep an eye on as well.”
“Things”. So cringe. Lazy fail.