After 27 Rounds, the Super League table is now settled and will go down in history as the standings for 2022.
The season isn’t over yet with the top six still to battle it out for Grand Final glory, but looking back at the table there’s all ready plenty of interesting stories being told within the ladder.
St Helens have won the League Leaders’ Shield for the 10th time as Wigan finish second for the ninth time. Of course, Salford and Leeds remarkably squeezed into the top six after difficult first halves of the season.
Warrington surprisingly finished 11th and Toulouse were relegated in 12th.
But looking back at the last 15 rounds, there’s certainly been some interesting developments that may surprise you.
To start of with, if the end of the season is anything to go by, we should have a fascinating race for the League Leaders’ Shield in 2023 with five teams separated by just 2 points.
In the last 15 games, Leeds have been the most consistent team finishing top of this table with 11 wins from 15 and with a superior points difference to the Champions St Helens who boast the same record in a call back to the days the two would battle it out for top spot over a decade ago.
Wigan, Salford and Huddersfield meanwhile have won 10 games each in the last 15 pointing to what could be a intriguing battle for top spot in 2023 should these five teams maintain this kind of form going into next season.
The play-off battle itself would have been very interesting had the season been decided by just the last 15 rounds. Remarkably 10th placed Wakefield would have made the top six with 14 points, an indicator of how impressive they were in pulling themselves away from danger at the end of the season and should give Trinity fans something to smile about going into next year.
Catalans will want to turn their form around before the play-offs with just seven wins in the last 15 the same record as Castleford who can look to the last third of the season when assessing why they missed out on the play-offs.
Hull FC had the second worst record of the last 15 rounds, again suffering at the end of the season as they often do and like Castleford lost their play-off spot as consequence. This was likely a major factor in the decision for Brett Hodgson and Hull FC to part company yesterday.
Sadly, Toulouse had the worst record of the last 15 games with just three wins when they needed a big end to the season to secure survival.
Here’s the table itself:
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There is a reason why the league was decided definitively over 27 rounds and not the 15 in this article which is nothing more than “click bate”. For example St Helens, Wigan, Salford and Catalans all put out understrength sides in the last few rounds – because they had earned the right so to do. Whereas Leeds did not and so played their strongest team throughout. Had the aforementioned teams played full strength teams I am sure Leeds would not be heading the table.