ROUND 5: SUPER LEAGUE POWER RANKINGS

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We’ve got movement in this week’s power rankings as the last unbeaten team in Super League goes down, the last winless team can’t get up and an old familiar face takes the top spot. Here are your Super League weekly power rankings.

 

ROUND 5

12. Toronto Wolfpack

 

The Toronto Wolfpack can’t seem to get right and a harrowing 32-0 beat down at the hands of St. Helens this weekend wasn’t very encouraging. Jon Wilkin is playing on a knee that needs surgery until the likes of Darcy Lussick, Joe Mellor and Chase Stanley each return over the next couple of weeks. Until then – with news that James Singleton is out for the next four months with a knee injury – there could be more hard times for the ‘Pack.

11. Hull Kingston Rovers

Owner Neil Hudgell has been all over the news this season – first for his threat to sue the Catalan Dragons over the Israel Folau signing and then for dissing the Wolfpack during a takeover of Hull KR’s Twitter account. He’s been slightly more entertaining than his team has been on the field, which is never a good thing. The club many picked for relegation isn’t doing much to upend the sentiment with a 28-8 setback loss to Castleford.

10. Warrington Wolves

The Wolves are a head-scratcher of a team. They grabbed solid if not spectacular wins over Wigan and (a depleted) St. Helens this season but then this 36-0 bloodbath from the Leeds Rhinos washes it all way.

9. Salford Red Devils

The Red Devils are slumping and there doesn’t seem to be an end in site. The team that surprised in 2019 hasn’t looked hungry enough for head coach Ian Watson, who called their 22-12 loss to Wakefield Trinity this week “an embarrassment”. 

8. Wakefield Trinity

Trinity won ugly in taking out Salford this week and evened their record at 2-2 but we keeping waiting on a statement game from Wakefield and this wasn’t it.

7. Hull FC

They played inspiring ball after a pregame tribute to former player Adam Maher but a tough 34-29 crunch-time loss to the Catalan Dragons was tough to swallow. This defeat alone doesn’t sour their potential but losing three straight after two wins to start the campaign is deflating, even if they aren’t playing like it.

6. Catalan Dragons

The Dragon’s are on a wave and they don’t care who knows it. The squad managed to undo a solid effort by Hull FC with a 34-29 last minute victory this week. Must feel good for the club to perform well under the intense media coverage surrounding Israel Folau, which isn’t letting up anytime soon.

5. Leeds Rhinos

After opening the season with a loss the Rhinos have wheeled off three straight and have allowed just 18 total points against while registering 110 for themselves in that period. That’s pretty good against Hull KR, Salford and the Warrington Wolves – who lost 36-0 to Leeds on Friday – but assuming they dismantle the Toronto Wolfpack this week, their real chance to move up comes in round 7 when they test their confidence against the surging Catalan Dragons.

4. Huddersfield Giants

Nobody expected the Giants to jump out of the gate so quickly this season by going undefeated through their first three games. Sunday’s loss to Wigan was a doozy as they allowed 8 tries and fell apart in the second half en route to their first defeat. Head coach Simon Woolford got it right when he implored his team not to panic knowing the real test for the Giants will be their response to this defeat in round 6.

3. Castleford Tigers

The Giants continue to roll with a 28-8 win over Hull KR on Thursday night with a come from behind effort after halftime that showed a killer instinct needed to topple the top of the board.

2. St. Helens

The Saints were in fine form for their 32-0 demolishing of the Toronto Wolfpack on Saturday, moving up the table and putting to bed any talks of cruising through the first rounds of the season. 

1. Wigan Warriors

By way of points total the Warriors are your Super League leaders, but that’s not what has them at the top of our ranking. The team has been a wrecking crew since their early season loss to Castleford, outscoring their opponents by an average of 19 PPG since then, highlighted by their 42-10 win over previously undefeated Huddersfield on Sunday. The Warriors know the value of a good statement game.