Now that 2023 has begun, it is time to start making predictions for the Super League season which is just a month and a half away.
So, here are five bold predictions for 2023.
St Helens to have tough start
St Helens are undoubtedly the favourites for Grand Final glory in 2023 and it is easy to predict that the Saints will end the year with a fifth consecutive title. However, they may initially struggle at the start of the season. They have to focus the World Club Challenge at the start of the season and with a new coach in his hotseat at the Totally Wicked Stadium in the shape of the inexperienced Paul Wellens, the Saints could struggle at the start of the season.
Leigh Leopards to make the play-offs
The Leigh Leopards have made some huge signings for 2023 including the likes of Leeds Rhinos star Zak Hardaker and Huddersfield Giants star Ricky Leutele. These signings could plausibly fire the Leopards all the way to the play-offs.
Huddersfield Giants win the League Leaders’ Shield
In 2013 the Huddersfield Giants won their only trophy of the summer era. A decade later, Ian Watson’s side after the addition of Jake Connor and Jake Bibby from Wigan Warriors, the Giants could be well placed to replicate that success exactly a decade later.
Both Hull teams to make the play-offs
The last time both Hull teams made the play-offs was back in the days of the top eight a decade ago in 2013. After a difficult season in 2022, both have made impressive signings and have new exciting coaches at the helm and could be competing at the top.
Back to normal at the Halliwell Jones Stadium
Since 2009, Warrington Wolves have only finished outside the top six twice in 2017 and last year. In 2023, normal service should resume after some impressive signings as Daryl Powell’s plans come together.