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Super League Predictions: Saints shock defeat and an embarrassing defeat?

Wigan Warriors Head Coach Matt Peet left and St Helens Head Coach Paul Wellens talk before a game at DW Stadium.

Round Six of the Super League brings us a tantalising long weekend of action with Rivals Round.

It’s another full round of Super League action this week, broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Thursday night sees Leeds Rhinos visit Wheldon Road, and two more fierce rivalries are re-ignited on Friday with the Hull derby and St Helens playing Wigan.

Saturday offers Warrington v Catalans and Salford v Leigh, and London Broncos yet again play on Sunday, this time against Huddersfield.

Below are all of Serious About Rugby League’s Super League predictions.

Super League Predictions

Castleford's Jason Qareqare celebrates scoring against Leeds Rhinos during Super League's Magic Weekend at St James' Park.

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Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos

This fixture rarely fails to excite: Castleford fans look back to a 66-10 win in 2017 and recent victories, such as at 2023 Magic Weekend, while Leeds could point to a 46-0 drubbing at the end of last season, as well as both Grand Final and Challenge Cup final wins.

Cas have had some really poor results this year, and are coming off the back of a scare against Batley Bulldogs, but there have been promising signs in some of these games – even in defeats with heavy scorelines.

Leeds will be hurting after two successive defeats to St Helens, but the excellence of Brodie Croft and Ash Handley, amongst plenty of others, will give them plenty of hope going into this one.

It’s derby day, and this is often a leveller, but it’s hard to predict a Castleford victory at the moment. Leeds, on the other hand, have been offering up good performances consistently – there’s no shame in the way they were defeated by Saints. Leeds win.

Verdict: Castleford Tigers 8-18 Leeds Rhinos

Hull KR v Hull FC

Are you getting déjà vu? Another Hull derby already, this time at Craven Park, where Robins fans will be expecting another big result. They humbled their city rivals in Round One, and beat Salford 40-0 on Friday. Unbelievable.

FC didn’t exactly fare as well: they lost 50-6 to Huddersfield Giants, in what would usually be the biggest embarrassment of the weekend. Tony Smith’s side are also missing their fair share of players due to a combination of injuries and suspensions.

It’s at KR, and it could be nasty. We’re going with a big one.

Verdict: Hull KR 40-0 Hull FC

St Helens v Wigan Warriors

Ooooh, this is a tasty one. Saints have only lost once this season, and survived two games against Leeds Rhinos in the space of a week – winning both will have been huge for their mentality.

Wigan looked far from comfortable until the closing stages of their game against Sheffield Eagles, but they’ve been excellent in the league, strolling to victories time and time again, with a 100% win-rate.

It’s THE derby, and it almost feels silly to try to predict it… but we’ll try anyway. Close Saints win. There.

Warrington’s year? They’ve looked good since losing to the Dragons in Round One. Their win against Hull KR felt like a coming-of-age moment, and they’ve looked to be one of the top sides in the league since, although they’re yet to be tested against strong opposition since the winning streak began.

Catalans sometimes struggle in big games, but so do Warrington. Tough, but:

Verdict: Warrington Wolves 10-12 Catalans Dragons

Salford Red Devils v Leigh Leopards

We won’t labour the point, but the weekend wasn’t great for Salford. 2024 as a whole has been pretty good though, with a historic win over Saints and some excellent rugby at times.

Leigh? Bad start, but a huge win over Hull FC made some thing they might be back… but an unconvincing performance against Featherstone may have thrown a spanner in the works.

Tough one to predict, but Salford may bounce back.

Verdict: Salford Red Devils 24-10 Leigh Leopards

London Broncos v Huddersfield Giants

Poor London have conceded an average of 44 points per game this year, and they’re coming up against a side that just scored 50. It may not be long before the Plough Lane atmosphere begins to feel akin to a public execution back in the Tudor era.

Huddersfield are very capable of punishing poor teams. 50 against Hull FC and 50 against Castleford Tigers.

No prizes for guessing which way our verdict is going, but for London’s sake, we’re being kind.

Verdict: London Broncos 8-30 Huddersfield Giants

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