Former Super League star says this team could be “in the bottom two” despite strong start

There are many suggesting that this could be the most competitive Super League season for some time.

That is the view of former Castleford Tigers star James Clare who believes there is no traditional or easy way to break down the league table in 2023.

He said to Serious About Rugby League:

“It used to be that there was a top four, a middle four and a bottom four and I feel like this year it’s become a top four and then a bottom or middle eight now. Or a middle six or seven, there’s only one or two that you could say are going to be definitely around the bottom.

“It’s not that traditional top four, middle four or bottom four anymore.”

This came as he picked out four clubs who could surprise fans for good and bad reasons:

“Use Hull FC as an example, you just never know. Hull FC could start off brilliantly and then drop off like they have done the last couple of years, they’re like a sleeping giant.

“Huddersfield Giants as well, you don’t know what they’ll be like. They surprise you every single year. Same with Catalans, you never know what you’re going to get. They could be league leaders again or they could be sixth or seventh.

“I want to say that Leigh will do well but history says that the promoted side is always in the bottom two.”

An interesting take on Leigh who have won the last two but of course history does shoe that newly promoted sides do struggle.

In 2019, London Broncos had an encouraging start beating the last two Super League Champions in the shape of Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors but were still relegated.

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