Super League Round Two is just around the corner as Castleford Tigers travel to Warrington Wolves on Thursday night to kick off the second week of fixtures, live on Sky Sports.
The Tigers go into that fixture on the back a shock 26-16 loss to the Salford Red Devils whilst Warrington just about scraped home against Leeds Rhinos on Saturday.
Warrington Wolves v Castleford Tigers
This should be an entertaining game considering the relationship with Daryl Powell both teams have. With the Wolves picking up their first win last weekend, they will head into their first home game in a buoyant mood. And, with Toby King and Jack Hughes back, there are reasons to be cheerful if you’re a Wire fan – though Daryl Clark misses out with concussion protocols. Meanwhile, Lee Radford will be hoping his Tigers side vastly improves on their dismal showing at home to Salford last week with Danny Richardson dropping out of the squad with a neck injury and Cain Robb and Sam Hall coming into the 17-man squad. Warrington, however, should be too strong here.
Warrington by 12
Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos
It’s perhaps the tastiest battle all weekend with both Wigan and Leeds looking distinctly more the part in 2022 than in 2021. The Warriors kicked off their 2022 season in perfect fashion, impressing in a 24-10 away win at Hull KR – whom they lost to twice last season. Leeds, however, lost by two points against Warrington, but they were down to 12 men for 64 minutes of the game. Wigan looked incredibly strong down the middle against KR, but Jai Field and Cade Cust also excelled in open play and the Warriors fans will be hoping for more the same this weekend. The Rhinos also showed some glimpses, but they will have Blake Austin making his debut after being banned last week. Will be an absolute cracker, but could Leeds pull it off?
Leeds by 2
Hull FC v St Helens
It will be the second game broadcast live on Channel 4 and it should be a physical, tough fixture. Both sides are coming off the back of victories last week with Hull overcoming Wakefield and St Helens beating Catalans. But, Saints demolished the Dragons in such a way that it is hard to see a way past them in this fixture. Hull be without Jake Connor and Andre Savelio after the club accepted their one-match and two-match bans respectively. Saints flyer Regan Grace may return after missing the opening day win.
St Helens by 16
Huddersfield Giants v Hull KR
This game is sure to be a cracker as both sides look up for a place in the play-offs towards the end of the season. Huddersfield started off well with a big win in Toulouse whilst Hull KR were second best in their defeat to Wigan. Albert Vete will be out for Rovers after accepting a two-game ban whilst the Giants could welcome back the likes of Jermaine McGillvary, Ricky Leutele and Tui Lolohea after they missed the trip to France. Home advantage could be the deciding factor in this one with Huddersfield determined to make the John Smith’s Stadium a fortress under Ian Watson.
Huddersfield by 6
Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity
Catalans will be without three of their main forwards as Julian Bousquet gets ruled out with a broken arm whilst Dylan Napa and Gil Dudson both face three-to-five game bans for their actions in the Dragons’ loss at St Helens. Meanwhile, Reece Lyne is banned for Wakefield and Lee Gaskell is in a rush to get fit after injuring his elbow in Trinity’s defeat to Hull FC last weekend. Despite Catalans missing men, home advantage and the strength in depth will more than help them come through the other side in this one.
Catalans by 20
Salford Red Devils v Toulouse Olympique
Salford started off their 2022 campaign in the best possible fashion with a Marc Sneyd-inspired shock win over Castleford at the Jungle last Friday. Meanwhile, Toulouse capitulated in their home fixture against Huddersfield after taking a 10-0 lead. For the Red Devils, that 26-16 victory against Castleford proved that the club is aiming for more than just making up the numbers in 2022 with the likes of Joe Burgess, Danny Addy and Deon Cross also excelling. Toulouse may be able to call on Mark Kheirallah given that British rules do not stress compulsory vaccination for all sportsmen and women. That being said, Salford should make it two from two quite easily.
Salford by 24