Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson has given his prediction for this weekend’s last round of Super League.
Watson believes that Leeds Rhinos will make the Super League play-offs, but he also believes that Daryl Powell will be able to motivate his Warrington Wolves side to beat Salford Red Devils this weekend.
That is a statement that comes from Watson’s experience against the Wolves last weekend when Powell’s men came back to lose 38-36, despite Salford enjoying an incredible second half of the season.
“I think Leeds will beat Castleford, it’s well known the issues that Castleford have there and Radders (Lee Radford) has been honest about that,” Watson said.
“I think Warrington will get Salford and I think it will be interesting to see what team Salford put out.”
Tomorrow night’s game will see Huddersfield try and nail down third spot ahead of the Catalans Dragons who are breathing down the West Yorkshire side’s neck just one point behind in the Super League table.
Watson is still looking for new recruits, but the Huddersfield boss confirmed last week that Jake Wardle would be coming back to the John Smith’s Stadium for 2023.
“We wanted to keep him. I’ve seen some comments throughout the week, but I don’t know whether there’s been a miscommunication there between Warrington and Daryl (Powell) and stuff like that,” Watson said.
“They said they didn’t want to do that. So for us, Jake comes back. Jake’s not staying at Warrington next year and won’t be at Warrington next year, he will be a Huddersfield player unless something else happens on the back end of that.
“So there was no crossed wires from Huddersfield or anybody else. It was either we got Toby King permanently, or Jake Wardle came back.
“They knew that situation and we won’t be changing from that situation as well. Jake went out to get game time because he wasn’t cracking the starting spot here at that time. But we all still like Jake, we think he’s a great bloke, a great part of our squad.”