The five biggest shock results of the 2023 Super League season so far

This season has seen some massive shock results. Swinton downed Toulouse in the Championship, but what about in Super League? We’ve looked around the league and come up with the top five biggest shocks this season.

1: Leigh Leopards 20-18 St Helens

This was the first of Leigh’s scalps this season. Coming into the game, nobody expected the newly promoted side to down the World Champions, but the Leopards would go onto record a huge win which has kick started their great form this season.

2: Hull FC 14-10 Wigan Warriors

Ahead of this game, Hull FC were in dire straits. A surprise victory over Huddersfield the week before stopped a run of seven consecutive losses, but the visit of the Warriors looked like a return to losing ways for the Black and Whites; however they ground out a result to reignite their season as they gained breathing space on their relegation rivals.

3: Hull FC 16-60 Salford Red Devils

Hull FC haven’t had the best of times at home this season, but we’ve chosen their loss to Salford in our top five. Salford love to play attacking rugby, but against Hull FC they were devastating. They picked the Hull defence apart with ease and really put them to the sword on a dark day for the Black and Whites. This result was the first truly shocking defeat for Hull FC at home this season, and the way they capitulated is the reason it makes the top five over the Hull derby.

4: Wigan Warriors 18-40 Leeds Rhinos

The DW is becoming a good hunting ground for the Rhinos of late. The victory last week showed the Rhinos ability in chaos, as they were down to 12 men and 14-6 behind on the scoreboard. However an inspired second half performance secured the two points for Rohan Smith’s men. 

5: Huddersfield Giants 4-30 Leigh Leopards

The result may not have been a shock when looking at the form of both sides ahead of the game, but the manner of the victory is why it makes the list. Leigh put on a dominant display to down the Giants. In addition is the fact that the 2022 season saw the Giants make the John Smith’s a fortress, losing just once their in the regular season.

Honourable Mentions

This season, Warrington have probably been the shock of the season. They’ve improved right across the board, and are fully deserving of their place at the top of the pile. But will it be their year? 

Hull KR have also shocked many this season, and they could easily have made this list five times themselves. They’ve recorded huge wins over Hull FC, Leeds Rhinos and St Helens to name a few, but overall their form in 2023 is one of the bigger shocks of the season.

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