Ten games have now been played in the Betfred Super League and the battle for top spot has opened up following St Helens defeat to Castleford Tigers on Friday.
Winner – Castleford Tigers (Grand Final winner – 20/1)
Castleford Tigers’ 30-10 win against St Helens comes with the obvious caveat that Saints were playing a much-weakened squad, but it was still a big scalp nonetheless for Lee Radford’s side.
The Tigers did have a slow start to the season, but four successive wins has boosted their bid to finish in the play-off spots.
They are seventh in the table and now only two points adrift of fourth place.
Winner – Hull KR
Even though the news was announced this week that Tony Smith would be leaving Craven Park at the end of the season, that hasn’t dampened Hull KR’s spirits.
They defeated Wakefield Trinity 32-10 with Lachlan Coote impressing, scoring a try and kicking two conversions.
It means they have now won six matches in a row, their best run of form in Super League since 2009.
Winner – Warrington Wolves (Grand Final winner – 9/1)
Daryl Powell’s Warrington Wolves appear to have overcome a difficult run after they defeated Huddersfield Giants 32-10 at home.
Josh Thewlis grabbed a hat-trick as the Wolves got back to winning ways following a narrow loss at Hull KR last time out.
They still have work to do to prove they are contenders, but Powell can be pleased with his side’s work.
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Loser – Catalans Dragons (Grand Final winner – 10/3)
Steve McNamara’s Catalans Dragons arrived into this game on the back of successive wins, but that run was halted by a determined and disciplined Hull FC side.
They did manage to score two tries thanks to Fouad Yaha and Mitchell Pearce – the former becoming their record Super League tryscorer in the process.
However, they couldn’t muster anything more and are now third in the table after the 14-8 reverse.
Loser – Toulouse
Toulouse are still struggling to be competitive in Super League and lost at Leeds Rhinos, who had new coach Rohan Smith watching from the stands.
They are bottom of the table and look destined to head straight back down to the Championship following a 25-14 loss at Headingley.
It was only the Rhinos’ second win of the season, which sums up the problems Toulouse are facing right now.
Loser – Salford Red Devils
Salford Red Devils will have felt sick to the stomach by the manner of their defeat at Wigan on Saturday.
Jai Field’s stunning last-gasp length-of-the-field try secured victory for the Warriors in a 30-24 scoreline.
The loss keeps Salford ninth in the table after four straight Super League losses.
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