The regular Betfred Super League season is fast reaching its conclusion as defending champions St Helens became the first team to officially confirm their place in the semi-finals of the competition.
Winners – St Helens (EVS Fav – Grand Final Winner)
It was always inevitable given how good they’ve been this season, but St Helens wrapped up their place in the Super League semi-finals with a 60-6 mauling of struggling Hull FC.
Kristian Woolf’s men scored 11 tries at the MKM Stadium with Tommy Makinson, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Konrad Hurrell and Ben Davies scoring two apiece.
Saints, who have won the last three Super League titles, have now chalked up 19 victories from 23 matches this season and it will take a big effort to topple them.
Winners – Warrington Wolves
Even if Warrington clamber further away from relegation trouble, it will still be a very disappointing campaign for Daryl Powell’s side.
The former Castleford Tigers coach was brought into the club to try and steer them towards a first Super League title, yet they have dangerously flirted with the drop for much of the season.
However, on Thursday, they defeated Toulouse 32-18 to ease their relegation fears and move six points clear of the bottom side.
Winners – Wakefield Trinity
It was a good weekend generally for those near the bottom as Wakefield stunned Wigan Warriors 30-12 to claim victory at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.
Willie Poching’s men are a very capable unit on their day but inconsistency means they are near the bottom of the table.
However, five tries were enough to comfortably beat Wigan and now they are four points above Toulouse in the table.
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Losers – Huddersfield Giants (12/1 – Grand Final Winner)
Huddersfield have had a brilliant season so far but they certainly had an off-day at Salford on Saturday, losing 33-16 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Ian Watson’s side were very poor in the first half, conceding 26 points, and they never looked like recovering in the second period.
A top-six spot still looks on but they’ll need to put this one behind them.
Losers – Catalans Dragons (11/2 – Grand Final Winner)
Catalans Dragons are also falling away from the top two after Friday’s 18-8 defeat at Castleford Tigers.
The French side have lost four of their last six Super League games and are in need of some form heading into the play-offs, which they are still very likely to participate in.
Loser – Hull KR
The race for the play-offs is so congested that any defeat will sting as a clutch of sides try and secure a top-six place.
Eighth-placed Hull KR are one of the teams still in the mix but their chances took a hit in Friday’s 28-20 home defeat to the Leeds Rhinos.
That victory for Rohan Smith’s men has them sixth in the standings, a point clear of Salford in seventh.