2023 Super League: Round 6 Predictions

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Huddersfield Giants Vs St Helens

Date: 20/03/23, Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT, Venue: John Smith’s Stadium

Huddersfield Giants 21-Man Squad: Jake Connor, Esan Marsters, Kevin Naiqama, Jake Bibby, Tui Lolohea, Chris Hill, Nathan Peats, Chris McQueen, Luke Yates, Ashton Golding, Harry Rushton, Owen Trout, Seb Ikahihifo, Olly Wilson, Leroy Cudjoe, Harvey Livett, Olly Russell, Sam Halsall, Innes Senior, Jack Ashworth, Will Pryce.

St Helens 21-Man Squad: Jack Welsby, Tommy Makinson, Will Hopoate, Mark Percival, Jon Bennison, Jonny Lomax, Lewis Dodd, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Matty Lees, Sione Mata’utia, Joey Lussick, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Curtis Sironen, Agnatius Paasi, James Bell, Sam Royle, Konrad Hurrell, Tee Ritson, George Delaney, Wesley Bruines.

This will be a cracking game for TV. Saints finally stopped the rot last week, while the Giants were stopped in their run of wins. Both come into this one with only a win in mind. I think it’s a tough one for both teams, but Saints definitely are the team that have the pressure on them to perform. They have yet to hit the ground running, and I think this could be another setback for them in 2023.

It is a tough one to call, and both have had their losses in personnel in the early weeks of the season, key personnel too. But there’s more than enough quality on the pitch to provide a great game. I’ve yet to watch a Saints game yet where they’ve taken control and looked comfortable winners, something we’ve been used to for the last four years. If they start slow here, Giants have the quality to really punish them.

Prediction: Huddersfield by 6 points

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Castleford Tigers Vs Warrington Wolves

Date: 24/03/23, Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT, Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Castleford Tigers 21-Man Squad: Greg Eden, Jordan Turner, Bureta Faraimo, Gareth Widdop, Jacob Miller, Paul McShane, George Griffin, Kenny Edwards, Alex Mellor, Joe Westerman, Nathan Massey, Alex Sutcliffe, Adam Milner, Jack Broadbent, Albert Vete, Muizz Mustapha, Daniel Smith, Suaia Matagi, Jacob Hookem, Jason Qareqare, Liam Watts.

Warrington Wolves 21-Man Squad: Matty Ashton, Daryl Clark, Ben Currie, Josh Drinkwater, Gil Dudson, Matt Dufty, Leon Hayes, Sam Kasiano, Peter Mata’utia, Tom Mikaele, Greg Minikin, Matty Nicholson, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Jamie Reddecliff, Matty Russell, Luke Thomas, Paul Vaughan, Danny Walker, Tom Whitehead, George Williams.

A fantastic, yet predictable win for Castleford last week. Playing Leeds is their Cup Final, a game they get up for more than any other, they love to beat them, and once again, they did just that. What they now need to do, is out that same level of effort, desire and want to win, in every game they play. I don’t think they can or will do that this week against a really inform and firing Warrington side.

I think the talk around Warrington has been unfair on them. A lot think they’ve had an easy start, won games they’re expected too and not had a challenge. But you can only beat who’s put in front of you, and they’ve looked really strong in every game. They’ve won all, but one, by multiple scores and been good for it. I think they’ll continue their fine form, before they enter a real tough April period, where they’ll be seriously tested as a team.

Prediction: Warrington by 14 points

Wakefield Trinity Vs Hull KR

Date: 24/03/23, Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT, Venue: Bell Vue

Wakefield Trinity 21-Man Squad: Jorge Taufua, Corey Hall, Reece Lyne, Mason Lino, Eddie Battye, Jai Whitbread, Matty Ashurst, Jay Pitts, Jordy Crowther, Liam Kay, Renouf Atoni, Lee Kershaw, Morgan Smith, Samisoni Langi, Rob Butler, Harry Bowes, Sam Eseh, Robbie Butterworth, Oliver Pratt, Sam Hewitt, Tom Forber.

Hull KR 21-Man Squad: Lachlan Coote, Tom Opacic, Ryan Hall, Sauaso Sue, Matt Parcell, George King, Kane Linnett, Elliot Minchella, Jez Litten, Rhys Kennedy, James Batchelor, Matty Storton, Mikey Lewis, Rowan Milnes, Dean Hadley, Louis Senior, Sam Wood, Luis Johnson, Sam Luckley, Yusuf Aydin, Phoenix Laulu-Togaga’e.

I gave Wakefield no hope last week and pretty much thought they’d never get a win. However, they finally showed a bit of fight, guts, and determination for their fans, and ultimately were really unlucky to lose in golden point. I was hoping they got over the line, as I just want Applegarth to get that first win and the squad to know that winning feeling for 2023. I think losing last week, the way they did, may affect them negatively.

What could save them is travelling KR had to do last week and also the loss of three players with head knocks that forced them to be the first team to use their 18th man in a game. I don’t think this game will be pretty, and as a neutral, I am hoping Trinity can get over the line, but I do think KR will be too strong and have more of a fight in them when push comes to shove.

Prediction: Hull KR by 8 points

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Wigan Warriors Vs Salford Red Devils

Date: 24/03/23, Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT, Venue: DW Stadium

Wigan Warriors 21-Man Squad: Jai Field, Bevan French, Toby King, Jake Wardle, Liam Marshall, Cade Cust, Harry Smith, Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Liam Byrne, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Morgan Smithies, Mike Cooper, Kaide Ellis, Ethan Havard, Kai Pearce-Paul, Patrick Mago, Brad O’Neill, Abbas Miski, Junior Nsemba.

Salford Red Devils 21-Man Squad: Ryan Brierley, Ken Sio, Kallum Watkins, Tim Lafai, Joe Burgess, Brodie Croft, Marc Sneyd, Jack Ormondroyd, King Vuniyayawa, Sam Stone, Chris Atkin, Danny Addy, Tyler Dupree, Shane Wright, Adam Sidlow, Ellis Longstaff, Amir Bourouh, Rhys Williams, Matt Costello, Ben Hellewell, Deon Cross.

Salford couldn’t have been more opposite from their thumping win at the KCOM Stadium to last week’s barrel scrape win against Wakefield in golden point. From all reports I saw, it was a poor performance and one that should have cost them the game. But, winning is what matters, and it’s still positive signs to see them get over the line in those types of games, with the limited squad they have.

Wigan was quite similar last week, got over the line in what was a struggle of a game. It was a much-needed win for Wigan with rivals Leigh and Saints to come after this week. They needed to hit some form after losing to Catalans and they got back on track last week and I think they’ll continue that at the DW this week, against what is going to be a fatigued and low on numbers Salford squad.

Prediction: Wigan by 14 points

Leeds Rhinos Vs Catalan Dragons

Date: 25/03/23, Kick-off Time: 13:00 GMT, Venue: Headingley Stadium

Leeds Rhinos 21-Man Squad: Richie Myler, David Fusitu’a, Harry Newman, Nene MacDonald, Blake Austin, Aidan Sezer, Zane Tetevano, Rhyse Martin, Cameron Smith, Jarrod O’Connor, Sam Lisone, Derrell Olpherts, Justin Sangare, Tom Holroyd, James McDonnell, Luke Hooley, Sam Walters, Liam Tindall, James Donaldson, Corey Johnson, Jack Sinfield.

Catalan Dragons 21-Man Squad: Arthur Mourgue, Tom Davies, Adam Keighran, Matthieu Laguerre, Tyrone May, Mitchell Pearce, Mike McMeeken, Micky McIlorum, Julian Bousquet, Matt Whitley, Paul Seguier, Benjamin Garcia, Alrix Da Costa, Mickael Goudemand, Cesar Rouge, Tiaki Chan, Arthur Romano, Jordan Dezaria, Tom Johnstone, Bastien Scimone, Manu Ma’u.

This is another good pick for TV this week, with this one being the next instalment on the fantastic Channel 4 coverage. Leeds losing didn’t surprise me last week, but their lack of quality and in the end, effort, did. They were really poor. They have sunk back into bad trends that cost them in the early rounds and showed no look of a team playing their rival. It must have been a worrying sign for Leeds fans after what’s been a better few weeks for them.

Catalans continue their fine form to 2023, with another comfortable win at home. Their away form has also been impressive with the best win coming at Wigan the other week. I fancy the strong Dragons pack to have too much for the Rhinos and make it six wins from six, before, like Warrington, they enter a more tough April and early May period, where the squad will be tested.

Prediction: Catalan by 10 points

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Hull FC Vs Leigh Leopards

Date: 25/03/23, Kick-off Time: 15:00 GMT, Venue: The KCOM Stadium

Hull FC 21-Man Squad: Tex Hoy, Adam Swift, Carlos Tuimavave, Liam Sutcliffe, Darnell McIntosh, Jake Clifford, Ligi Sao, Danny Houghton, Chris Satae, Andre Savelio, Brad Fash, Joe Lovodua, Joe Cator, Kane Evans, Cam Scott, Jack Brown, Josh Griffin, Davy Litten, Will Gardiner, Scott Taylor, Brad Dwyer.

Leigh Leopards 21-Man Squad: Zak Hardaker, Tom Briscoe, Ed Chamberlain, Ricky Leutele, Josh Charnley, Joe Mellor, Lachlan Lam, Tom Amone, Edwin Ipape, Robbie Mulhern, Jack Hughes, John Asiata, Ben Nakubuwai, Ben Reynolds, Oliver Holmes, Gareth O’Brien, Matt Davis, Tom Nisbet, Kai O’Donnell, Ava Seumanufagai, Joe Shorrocks.

Hull fans must be bewildered with their team. They’re such a hot and cold outfit, the baffle and frustrate me, and I don’t even support them. They go from good performance to terrible in a blink of an eye. There’s no consistency or cohesion in the squad. It’s like they just go out each week, on the back of no training and see how it goes. They have a strong squad and some quality players to boot too, if it clicks, they are a hard team to beat.

As for Leigh, they have been good, but only picked up two wins from five. What is positive for them, is even in defeat, they can take more positives than negatives. They look a side who can beat anyone on their day. If they show the attacking prowess they’ve shown so far this season, I think they’ll outscore this FC side and pick up their third win of the season.

Prediction: Leigh by 8 points

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