Reigning champions St Helens enjoyed themselves in the Betfred Super League over the Easter weekend, as they are now two points clear and looking in a prime position to win their fourth successive Grand Final.
The demands of the Easter period were undoubtedly felt across the division, and neither Leeds Rhinos nor Toulouse were able to register their second victories of the season.
We take a look at the winners and losers from week nine.
Winner – St Helens (Grand Final Winner – 10/11)
Kristian Woolf’s side are making the current season look too easy, as they have still lost just one game all season.
They celebrated Good Friday by beating local rivals Wigan Warriors 22-4, and they then overcame Huddersfield Giants 24-12 at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Saints have lost half-back Lewis Dodd for the rest of the season, but they still look a class above the rest.
Winner – Hull KR (Grand Final Winner – 25/1)
Despite a slow start to the season, Hull KR are now up to sixth in the Betfred Super League table thanks to successive wins over Easter.
Tony Smith’s men beat Hull FC 16-4 in the derby before seeing off Toulouse 28-4 in the south of France on Monday.
Winner – Castleford Tigers (Grand Final Winner – 20/1)
Like the Robins, Castleford recorded two vital victories this weekend, and four points have lifted them into seventh, just behind Smith’s side.
Castleford have now triumphed in five of their last six, and things are looking up for Lee Radford’s men.
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Loser – Leeds Rhinos (Grand Final Winner – 66/1)
Leeds’ season continues to go from bad to worse, and after back-to-back defeats over Easter, they could be close to appointing a new coach.
Interim boss Jamie Jones-Buchanan says he does not expect to take charge this weekend, and a fresh set of ideas could be needed for the struggling Rhinos.
Loser – Toulouse Olympique (Grand Final Winner – 500/1)
Toulouse remain bottom of the table, and their 18-10 defeat to rivals Catalans Dragons will not have done their confidence any good.
They are struggling to attract any new signings, but Friday’s game at Headingley against Leeds could come at the right time for them.
Loser – Wakefield Trinity (Grand Final Winner – 200/1)
Wakefield are third from bottom and they are struggling to build any momentum under coach Willie Poaching.
Trinity lost both of their matches over Easter, and they could soon find themselves at the bottom of the pile if Toulouse or Leeds can get into their stride.
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