This weekend’s play-off action was terrific.
Leeds Rhinos edged a titanic tussle away at Catalans thanks to a Liam Sutcliffe hat-trick and four goals from Zak Hardaker whilst Salford Red Devils produced a typically expressive performance to down Huddersfield 28-0 to book their place in the semi-finals.
This will see Leeds go to Wigan on Friday night and Salford heading to Champions St Helens on Saturday after both the top two enjoyed a week off this week.
Speaking after being picked in the Dream Team, Man of Steel and Young Player of the Year nominee Jack Welsby revealed how the Champions would use the week not necessarily watching the games but trying to improve certain areas that they don’t think they’ve been excelling in recently: “If there’s nothing else on I might have a watch, I’m not that bothered to be honest. We’ll have a couple of days and then we’ll get into camp and nailing down the things we’ve not been happy with over the last few weeks, we’ve probably not been at our best.
“We’ll see who comes out on top and see who we’ve got to play and how we go about beating them, there should be some good games.”
Welsby also had a look back on his first Grand Final appearance in 2020 in which he won with a dramatic deciding try and noted that now he’d be more nervous having been naive in 2020: “You can look at it two ways, I was probably a bit naïve in 2020, I didn’t know what to expect and obviously there was no one there.
“I was probably less nervous then than I would be if we got there this year. I just thought ‘I’m only young, I should get a few more opportunities if we don’t win this one’ and we went on to win it and do it again.
“I’ll probably be more nervous this year, but it’ll be good.”
If Welsby and the Saints can beat Salford and go on to win the title it would be a record fourth in a row.