It’s another week and another round of Super League.
Only one side now remains unbeaten in the top flight – St Helens – whilst Catalans Dragons have won their last four games in a row after round one defeat to Saints.
Still yet to win a game are Toulouse Olympique who announced the contract termination of star Mark Kheirallah this morning.
But, what will round five look like?
Wigan Warriors vs Castleford Tigers
Both sides are coming into this one off the back of disappointing defeats – Wigan against Catalans and Castleford against the Salford Red Devils. The Warriors will be without suspended duo Kaide Ellis and Brad Singleton, but Ethan Havard could make his appearance of the season. The Tigers, meanwhile, will have to switch things around as Jordan Turner will be out for the foreseeable future with a broken hand – Jake Mamo is likely to replace him. Castleford really haven’t started the season well at all, with just one they sit second bottom of Super League and Wigan will be hunting a big win after last week’s loss.
Wigan by 18
Salford Red Devils vs Leeds Rhinos
Both Salford and Leeds are in a bit of a rut at present – whilst the Red Devils have won two from five, the Rhinos have been victorious in just one. To make matters worse for Leeds, Matt Prior will be out through suspension, though James Bentley is back from a four-match ban, as are Kruise Leeming and Cameron Smith. Salford go into this one on the back of a disappointing home defeat to Hull KR, likewise, Leeds went down 31-8 to Hull FC last week. The Red Devils have home advantage and that could be integral to their chances of getting over the line here.
Salford by 8
Catalans Dragons vs Hull KR
This Catalans side is just about getting going in Super League now after a disappointing round one defeat to Saints. They put Wigan to the sword in emphatic fashion last week and have won four on the trot. Now, they face last year’s semi-final play-off opponents Hull KR who haven’t really got going in 2022 just yet. The Robins recorded their second win of the season last week against Salford, but almost threw away an 18-0 lead. Tony Smith’s men will travel there and back in the same day to the south of France, but they will have to do so without Dean Hadley, Lachlan Coote and Kane Linnett. Home advantage should get Catalans over the line with Dylan Napa set to make his home debut after returning from suspension.
Catalans by 12
Warrington Wolves vs Wakefield Trinity
The Channel 4 bonanza sees Warrington host Wakefield at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Neither side have been firing on all cylinders this season, though Warrington have three wins and Trinity just the one. Wakefield’s first victory actually came last week against Toulouse Olympique, but it was a close run thing at 18-6. Daryl Powell has talked about his Wolves side being disappointing so far, but they will surely have too much for this Wakefield team that are still without the likes of Liam Hood and Bill Tupou.
Warrington by 16
Toulouse Olympique vs St Helens
The top of the table versus the bottom – the signs are ominous for Toulouse Olympique. The French side also confirmed that star fullback Mark Kheirallah has had his contract terminated which finally puts to bed that issue, but St Helens will not show any sympathy. They have been the best side in Super League by far in 2022, winning all five of their games comfortably and this fixture on Saturday night should be no different. There will, however, be a late fitness check on Jack Welsby, but Alex Walmsley, Joe Batchelor and Sione Mata’utia are out.
St Helens by 20
Hull FC vs Huddersfield Giants
The last game of the Super League weekend sees Hull FC host Huddersfield Giants at the MKM Stadium. With three wins to their name, the Black and Whites will be hoping for more success at home in 2022 after one win from two in front of their own fans. There will be no Kane Evans for the hosts, however, following a two-match ban. Meanwhile, Huddersfield are in incredible form, winning four of their last five games – including an impressive comeback against Castleford last weekend. It could be the tastiest tie of the weekend and a quite difficult one to call particular following FC’s super win against Leeds.
Huddersfield by 2