Two of last week’s top 3 clubs take a knock, The Wire gets LIVE and a couple of familiar teams represent the best and worst of the table in your Super League weekly power rankings.
12. Toronto Wolfpack (LAST WEEK: #12)
It was another hard day at the office for the Wolfpack suffering a 66-12 shellacking at the hands of the Leeds Rhinos. The line-up juggling is still unsettling and with Sonny Williams now opting for minor knee surgery its more of the same for the zombified ‘Pack. There’s always something missing for the team and hardly ever the same thing twice. It makes them more difficult to assess but we’re firm believers in records holding a lot of wait. Eventually you are what you are and the Wolfpack are almost at the point of no return from entering the battle to avoid relegation.
11. Hull Kingston Rovers (LAST WEEK: #11)
Playing the Wigan Warriors is never easy no matter where you sit in the standings so this 30-16 loss for the Kingston Rovers was not a surprise. What did raise eyebrows was their shorthanded effort in defeat – cracking the Wigan defense for three tries and gutting it out while Will Maher, Matty Storton and Joe Keyes all fell to injury. Last week they seemed so easy to figure out and distracted in defeat vs. Castleford but there was some encouraging fight here against the Warriors that the Rovers can build on.
10. Salford Red Devils (LAST WEEK: #9)
Another setback for Salford as the Catalan Dragons sent them to a 30-14 loss and a tumble down the rankings. The Red Devils applied pressure on the Dragons defense but weak 1st half D of their own was the killer. The defeat is the fourth in a row for Salford with a telling date against the Wigan Warriors looming in round 7.
9. Wakefield Trinity (LAST WEEK: #8)
Last week Trinity won ugly against Salford but this week’s 27-26 loss versus Hull FC was a heartbreaking, extra-time, golden drop-goal dinger that leaves them treading water in the middle of the standings with an identity still yet to be forged.
8. Warrington Wolves (LAST WEEK: #10)
Last week we called the Wolves a head scratcher of a team after their humbling nilling vs. St. Helens and this is why. This week they got back to beating top 5 competition with this striking 9-8 win over the Tigers mostly by shutting down the Castleford attack. It may have come down to a clutch Blake Austin drop goal in the crunch but it was enough to preserve their unbeaten record at home and give them a bump up the ladder. If The Wire can create some sort of signature out of the grittiness they displayed here they should find themselves back in the fray.
7. Hull FC (LAST WEEK: #7)
In the battle of middle earth – otherwise known as 7th and 8th place – Hull FC’s 27-26 squeaker win over Wakefield Trinity should be considered a breakthrough for the squad. Not only does it get them back in the winning column after three straight defeats but it also rewards their effort, which has rarely lacked this season despite the L’s.
6. Leeds Rhinos (LAST WEEK: #5)
They came, they saw and they absolutely obliterated the Brian McDermott coached Toronto Wolfpack with a 66-12 dismantling behind 2 tries by Luke Gale in his 300th game. Not much else to see here except for noting that with heir 4th straight win the Rhinos are on their best streak since 2017 and the McDermott era.
5. Catalan Dragons (LAST WEEK: #6)
Another day, another dollar for the Dragons as they continue their tear across Super League with this well-earned 30-14 victory over the Salford Red Devils. A flawless 18-0 first half proved enough but the real lessons for Catalans were found in staving off a relentless Salford attack. Make that 3 wins in 4 tries for the Dragons to start the season.
4. Castleford Tigers (LAST WEEK: #3)
Well that didn’t go as planned. After a tough, defence-first battle vs. the struggling Warrington Wolves the Tigers found themselves on the bad side of a 9-8 final score that – combined with Huddersfield’s win over St. Helens – knocks them down a rung. Missed opportunities late in the game sealed their fate here and the Tigers will have to recover and shake off this drop against the bottom-dwelling Wolves in time for their big round 7 match versus St. Helens – the team just ahead of them that hit a roadblock of their own in round 6.
3. St. Helens (LAST WEEK: #2)
The Saints can’t seem to put a good streak together and are 2-2 in their last four Super League games. They seemed on the rise after a textbook win versus the Toronto Wolfpack in round 5 but this week’s 12-10 loss to the Huddersfield Giants brings them crashing back to earth.
2. Huddersfield Giants (LAST WEEK: #4)
The critics called this one a stunner but the truth is the Giants have been threatening to be this team all season and merely confirmed it with a pugilistic 12-10 win over defending champion St. Helens. Injuries to Lee Gaskell and Ukuma Ta’ai are concerning but the Giants will take the win – an impressive rebound from their first loss of the season versus the Wigan Warriors last week.
1. Wigan Warriors (LAST WEEK: #1)
A whole lotta Jackson Hastings (2 tries) for the Warriors helped them to a 30 – 16 dub over the Rovers to solidify their spot at the top of the table. The battle vs. KR was harder than the final score might indicate, revealing some cracks the Warriors defensive wall that will need repair as the league heads into the meat of the season. For now though, they own these rankings.