The Super League season begins tonight as two teams who are determined to get back to Old Trafford in 2023 collide.
They are two teams who often seem to gave plenty of pressure on them to achieve success and that is true of 2023 perhaps for very different reasons.
Warrington Wolves are under pressure after they finished 11th in 2022 whilst Leeds Rhinos’ stunning revival last year which took them all the way to the Grand Final has fans believing this is now the time for the club to kick on and return to glory.
Both teams are under pressure, but according to former Warrington player and Super League Champion with St Helens Kyle Amor, Warrington boss Daryl Powell is already under pressure.
“Daryl Powell came into that job with 14 players off contract, that was made clear a number of times throughout the year. He had a job on his hands to sort of clear out what he needed to clear out and bring in what he needed to bring in,” Amor said on The Last Tackle on the Sportsman YouTube Channel.
“Now this is the very first Daryl Powell side if you like, he’s brought in everybody and there’s no more excuses. I don’t ever remember a season kicking off where there’s been one man under so much pressure already.
“He has to get that result against Leeds Rhinos. Speaking from experience that place was pretty toxic really in terms of the atmosphere around the ground, where the club was at.
“There’s a lot of good people at that club but good people don’t win games and they don’t lift titles, I just think it’s so important he gets off to a good start because if he doesn’t there’s going to be an awful lot of questions being asked pretty early on. The jury is out on this group for sure.”