Predicting every Super League fixture of the last six rounds and the final table

The end of the Super League season is nicely posed.

There’s almost everything to play for. At the top, St Helens’ shock defeat to Salford has left the door open for Wigan to keep their treble hopes alive especially with the two set to meet in Round 25.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield and Catalans are hot on their heels whilst the spots fifth to ninth are all so tight it’s impossible to tell which two teams will take the last two play-off spots.

At the bottom Warrington are hoping they can pull themselves away from the relegation scrap between Wakefield and Toulouse.

With so much to play for and six games to go, only a fool would try and predict how this season’s Super League story will conclude but that’s what we’ve tried to do predicting every game from now until the end of the season.

Round 22

Hull KR 24-12 Toulouse
Huddersfield 22-16 Hull FC
Wigan 32-14 Warrington
St Helens 30-10 Castleford
Leeds 26-22 Salford
Wakefield 16-12 Catalans

Next week I foresee Hull KR bouncing back to winning ways as Toulouse continue to struggle on the road. That will see them pull level with neighbours Hull FC who will valiantly strive for victory against Huddersfield but come unstuck as the Giants look to cement third. Wigan will have too much for Warrington whilst Castleford will likely feel the backlash from St Helens’ defeat to Salford which will open the door nicely for Salford to pull level on points if they can beat in form Leeds in the toughest match to call of the round between two high flying teams. In the end home advantage could see Leeds edge it. I’ve also gone for a shock win for Wakefield as they build momentum after beating Castleford against a wounded Catalans.

Round 23

Castleford 14-18 Catalans
Warrington 16-10 Toulouse
Hull KR 16-28 Leeds
Hull FC 6-22 St Helens
Salford 20-22 Huddersfield
Wakefield 10-34 Wigan

Either Castleford’s or Catalans’ owes will come to an end in Round 23 but due to Catalans’ higher league position I’m tipping them to get the win here before Warrington all but secure survival in a close encounter against Toulouse. In another game vital to the play-off race, Leeds could have too much for Hull KR at Craven Park based on form which could be a massive result should Hull FC struggle against the Champions. Salford vs Huddersfield should be a huge match between two top teams likely edged by the methodical Giants whilst Wigan will continue to chase Saints with a win over Wakefield.

Round 24

Huddersfield 22-12 Castleford
Hull FC 18-16 Wakefield
Leeds 32-20 Warrington
St Helens 28-16 Hull KR
Wigan 42-16 Toulouse
Catalans 32-22 Salford

It doesn’t get any easier for Castleford who after games against St Helens and Catalans take on another team in the top four in the shape of Huddersfield who will want revenge after defeat at the Jungle. A defeat for Cas could open the door for Hull FC to draw level on points with them with a win over Wakefield whilst you’d back Leeds to again beat Warrington as the Wolves look ahead to 2023. St Helens will continue to roll on towards top spot against hull KR chased furiously by Wigan who could blow Toulouse away. Salford’s tough run in will then see them make the trip to Catalans where it could be just too tough for Paul Rowley’s men.

Round 25

Toulouse 12-18 Catalans
Salford 26-16 Hull FC
Wakefield 10-22 Hull KR
Leeds 16-20 Huddersfield
Warrington 16-30 Castleford
Wigan 16-24 St Helens

Round 25 is where it gets really interesting as rivals meet. Catalans could have the chance to all but relegate French rivals Toulouse who could be four points adrift at this stage whilst Salford will get back on track at home against Hull FC to bring themselves back level with them. Hull KR could do the same with a win over Wakefield whilst Castleford could jump ahead all of them by beating former coach Daryl Powell and his Warrington team. That win could have added significance assuming that Leeds struggle against Ian Watson’s brilliant Huddersfield Giants leaving just one point between Leeds and the Tigers. In the final game of the Round, the League Leaders’ Shield could be decided. A win for Wigan in this scenario would leave just two points between the teams with two games to go but a victory for St Helens would secure the silverware.

Round 26

Hull FC 34-18 Toulouse
Huddersfield 12-20 Warrington
Hull KR 10-22 Wigan
St Helens 28-10 Wakefield
Catalans 26-14 Leeds
Castleford 18-19 Salford

Mere days after those fixtures, the 12 teams do it all again in the penultimate Round. Hull FC could give their play-off hopes a huge boost with victory over Toulouse whilst Hull KR’s may take a blow against a wounded Wigan side. In a huge game, Castleford host Salford with the victor nicely set for a shot at the play-offs going into the final fixture especially if Leeds lose to Catalans and fail to repeat their heroics from their last trip to Perpignan. St Helens will take on Wakefield in a dead rubber especially if Toulouse do lose whilst Warrington may enjoy one last hoorah against a Huddersfield side that could be missing a few knowing Ian Watson’s tendency to rotate his squad in the second game in these long weekends.

Round 27

37 Huddersfield 34-14 Wakefield 14
26 Hull FC 22-20 Hull KR 22
27 Leeds 26-18 Castleford 24
28 Salford 32-12 Warrington 18
44 St Helens 12-18 Toulouse 12
40 Wigan 14-10 Catalans 34

Round 27 will settle the play-off picture with a huge Hull derby, a seismic West Yorkshire derby and a battle between Salford and Warrington. If Leeds can use home advantage to down the Tigers they’ll wrap up a spot in the top six as Castleford’s hopes are decided by other teams. A derby day win for Hull FC would give them a massive shot at the top six but their poor points difference could be their undoing with Salford beat Warrington as you’d expect which would see Leeds and Salford make up the top six. Huddersfield would build momentum for the play-offs with a win over Wakefield, Toulouse would enjoy one last hoorah against a rested St Helens side and Wigan and Catalans would battle in a potential semi-final dress reheresal.

What would all this mean for the table, well St Helens would wrap up a first League Leaders’ Shield as Wigan finish second. Huddersfield would record their highest finish since 2015 at third with Catalans fourth finishing in the top four for the third year in a row. Leeds would claim fifth for a third consecutive season with Salford sixth ahead of Hull FC on points difference. Castleford’s tough fixtures would see them miss out on the play-offs along with Hull KR. Meanwhile, Warrington and Wakefield would have just enough to survive at the expense of Toulouse.

Final Table:

1 St Helens 44
2 Wigan Warriors 40
3 Huddersfield Giants 37
4 Catalans Dragons 34
5 Leeds Rhinos 27
6 Salford Red Devils 26
7 Hull FC 26
8 Castleford Tigers 24
9 Hull KR 22
10 Warrington Wolves 18
11 Wakefield Trinity 14
12 Toulouse Olympique 12
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