That’s another round of Super League fixtures done and dusted and what a weekend it was!
All games were finished by Saturday night, with eight teams taking to the field on Friday night, but first it was up to Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers to do battle at the John Smith’s Stadium. However, the battle was ended with five tries in 18 minutes from Huddersfield who confirmed their place in the Super League play-offs for the first time in seven years.
Wind the clock forward to Friday and Hull FC hosted Wakefield Trinity live on Sky Sports. It was another dreadful result for the Black and Whites who were soundly beaten by a Wakefield side almost certainly guaranteed of their Super League status for 2023.
Meanwhile, St Helens were able to assert their dominance at the top of the table with a comfortable 38-12 win over injury-ravaged Hull KR who now look destined to miss out on the Super League play-offs despite the inspiration of interim coach Danny McGuire.
Toulouse Olympique now look destined for the Championship after a 40-point hammering away at the Wigan Warriors who now look almost destined to snap up second place, though St Helens still aren’t out of reach.
The fourth game on Friday saw Warrington Wolves travel to Headingley to take on the Leeds Rhinos who are in a superb run of form under new head coach Rohan Smith. And, the Rhinos made it five wins in a row with a hard-fought 24-18 win as Warrington look in the mood for 2023.
Saturday night saw Salford Red Devils travel to the Catalans Dragons and inflict one of the greatest defeats in the French side’s history as Paul Rowley’s men put 46 points on them. That victory lifted Salford into the play-off at just the right time.
Following the latest round of Betfred Super League fixtures, the Match Review Panel have issued the following sanctions:
Liam Hood (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade D Shoulder Charge – Refer to Tribunal
John Bateman (Wigan Warriors) – Grade A Other Contrary Behaviour – 0 Match Penalty Notice
George King (Hull KR) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – 0 Match Penalty Notice
Michael McIlorum (Catalans Dragons) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Sam Hewitt (Huddersfield Giants) – Grade A High Tackle – 0 Match Penalty Notice
The following player was handed a caution:
Bureta Faraimo (Castleford Tigers) – Contact with Match Official
Hood could sit out as many as five games if found guilty at the tribunal whilst Michael McIlorum will miss Catalans’ clash against Toulouse Olympique this Friday night.