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Jamie Jones-Buchanan claims five Super League clubs are nailed on to make the play-offs

We are already into the second half of the Super League season.

This is where debates really begin about who will make the all important top six and secure a place in the final run in towards Old Trafford.

As we saw in 2022, anything can happen and even the sides sitting low in the table at the moment have an outside chance of making the play-offs.

But they may find it difficult this year with Jamie Jones-Buchanan claiming that five of the six clubs in the current top six are nailed on to make the play-offs.

“Five of them. Of the current six, I said that five of them are locked in,” he said on Sky Sports.

“The question marks are over Leigh and Salford.

“That said, I think the emotional equity Leigh have built up, I think they are having far too much fun and I don’t think they can relent in their first season back in Super League.

“So it is whether Salford can keep enough quality players on the field will determine where they finish but I don’t think Hull KR are finished either.

“I have this bit of a fight between Salford and Hull KR fighting for sixth place.

“The team I don’t think will drop out is Wigan Warriors because when asked the big questions, they come up with the answers like on Good Friday against St Helens.

“They know when to play, they thrive in the big games and know how to defend.

“When it comes to the big moments that team knows how to play.”

His former Leeds Rhinos teammate and Hull KR assistant however was less confident only naming three sides nailed on to make the play-offs:

“I filled three. I think Wigan will have a strong finish to the season and I back our boys at Hull KR to have a really strong season.

“However, the three I think are locked in are Catalans Dragons, Warrington Wolves and St Helens.

“But my main one was Catalans. I was most confident about them. It is a really tough place to go and get a win.

“Not many teams have done it. They have a well rounded squad, experience in key position and some great young French players.

“I can’t see them dropping out of the six. I see them as real title contenders.”

However, like Buchanan Jon Wells also thinks it will be a shoot out between Salford and Hull KR:

“I think five clubs are nailed on for the play-offs. The reasons for this are a few. Keeping key men on the field is key and Leigh Leopards do that really well.

“There is a bit of luck involved in there. That said, they are really good at keeping their top line players on the field in what is the smallest playing squad in Super League they have kept them fit.

“I see it as a straight shoot out between Salford and Hull KR. Not just league position but the form of the respective teams and the fixtures.

“They both have really difficult ends to the season. Both could end up on 28, 30 points each and it could come down to points difference.”

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