This team WILL win the 2023 Super League Grand Final

Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves, Hull KR, Leigh Leopards, Salford Red Devils and Catalans Dragons are all battling to dethrone St Helens.

The Super League and World Champions have won four Super League titles in a row alongside a Challenge Cup Final win in 2021, a historic World Club Challenge win and of League Leaders’ Shields in 2018, 2019 and 2022.

For a long time it looked like the Saints would be dethroned in 2023 as they struggled for consistency after their success in Australia.

Injuries and suspensions have worked against them and they were hit with massive disappointment against Leigh Leopards in the Challenge Cup semi-finals.

It is this disappointment that appears to be driving the club at the end of the year and their experience and momentum could very well lead them to a fifth title in a row.

Paul Wellens himself summed it up the best on BBC Radio Merseyside:

“I just think, off the back of disappointment, you’ve got a choice to make, whether you allow that frustration to eat you up or you allow it to affect the performance.

“This group of players have chosen that they’re going to use that as a motivator, to channel the disappointment in the right way. And off the back of that, particularly losing players as well, and losing players in the manner that we did, really galvanised the group.

“Despite missing players, we managed to roll it out on a weekend and perform with a commitment to look out for each other. We firmly believe that that’s the biggest contributor to being successful at the back end of the year.”

The fact no one wants them to win a fifth in a row as well is great motivation:

“We know that there’s a lot of people involved in rugby that don’t like seeing the same team winning. So by that notion, sitting there and not wanting us to be successful this year, we’ve got a problem.

“No team has got any God-given right to be successful year on year. We know it’s something that we’re going to have to work really hard for. And each year the challenge becomes bigger. So it’s something that we’re aware of.

“Winning a Super League title is important every year. Every year that I’ve been at this club, you get on the starting blocks and that’s a goal of ours. But obviously, in recent years, and managing to win four in a row, every year you’ve got the opportunity to achieve something that nobody’s achieved before. So that’s obviously a motivating factor for us as well.”