Well, that’s another round of Super League fixtures done and dusted and what a weekend it was!
All games were finished by Saturday night, with eight teams taking to the field on Friday night, but first it was up to Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers to do battle at the John Smith’s Stadium. However, the battle was ended with five tries in 18 minutes from Huddersfield who confirmed their place in the Super League play-offs for the first time in seven years.
Wind the clock forward to Friday and Hull FC hosted Wakefield Trinity live on Sky Sports. It was another dreadful result for the Black and Whites who were soundly beaten by a Wakefield side almost certainly guaranteed of their Super League status for 2023.
Meanwhile, St Helens were able to assert their dominance at the top of the table with a comfortable 38-12 win over injury-ravaged Hull KR who now look destined to miss out on the Super League play-offs despite the inspiration of interim coach Danny McGuire.
Toulouse Olympique now look destined for the Championship after a 40-point hammering away at the Wigan Warriors who now look almost destined to snap up second place, though St Helens still aren’t out of reach.
The fourth game on Friday saw Warrington Wolves travel to Headingley to take on the Leeds Rhinos who are in a superb run of form under new head coach Rohan Smith. And, the Rhinos made it five wins in a row with a hard-fought 24-18 win as Warrington look in the mood for 2023.
Saturday night saw Salford Red Devils travel to the Catalans Dragons and inflict one of the greatest defeats in the French side’s history as Paul Rowley’s men put 46 points on them. That victory lifted Salford into the play-off at just the right time.
But, which teams could be sweating over injuries after the weekend’s fixtures?
Huddersfield Giants vs Castleford Tigers
Danny Richardson (Castleford Tigers) – nose
Hull FC vs Wakefield Trinity
Connor Wynne (Hull FC) – head
Joe Lovodua (Hull FC) – knee
Manu Ma’u (Hull FC) – arm
Jordan Lane (Hull FC) – head
Jai Whitbread (Wakefield Trinity) – knee
Tinirau Arona (Wakefield Trinity) – head
Leeds Rhinos vs Warrington Wolves
Liam Tindall (Leeds Rhinos) – thumb
Matty Ashton (Warrington Wolves) – quad
Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves) – knee
St Helens vs Hull KR
LMS (St Helens) – head
Will Hopoate (St Helens) – hamstring
Lachlan Coote (Hull KR) – head
Wigan Warriors vs Toulouse Olympique
Hugo Pezet (Toulouse Olympique) – concussion
Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils
Arthur Mourgue (Catalans Dragons) – unknown