2023 Super League: Round 7 Predictions

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Leigh Leopards Vs Wigan Warriors

Date: 30/03/23, Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT, Venue: Leigh Sports Village

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, Nathan Wilde, Ava Seumanufagai.

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, Joe Shorrocks, Patrick Mago, Brad O’Neill, Abbas Miski.

Leigh are absolutely flying at the money. Three wins from their opening six is more than most would give them credit for at the start of the season. Impressive wins too, against the Champions, and potential play off sides. They are a very dangerous side to play against and if Wigan defend like they have in recent weeks, with a bit of a limp, better attacking sides will punish them dearly – Leigh are one of those sides.

This is the start of back-to-back derby games for Wigan, with Saints to come next week. Two big games and two must wins in the eyes of all connected to Wigan. I think Wigan go into this game with many Wigan fans worrying about the outcome. There’s not much confidence within the group or fan base at present. A win here would change all that, but I think we may have another upset on the cards at Leigh Sports Village.

Prediction: Leigh by 8 points

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Hull KR Vs Leeds Rhinos

Date: 31/03/23, Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT, Venue: Craven Park

Hull KR 21-Man Squad: Lachlan Coote, Ethan Ryan, Ryan Hall, Jordan Abdull, Sauaso Sue, Matt Parcell, George King, Frankie Halton, 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.

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

This is an interesting game. Both sides had good wins at the weekend, Leeds’ being more impressive, coming from 22-8 down against the inform Catalan. Rhinos’ second half performance was a shock to the Dragons, and I would guess, their own fans, as they won that second half 24-0, scoring an impressive five tries. This game will be a bit different, as KR are normally a good and tough side to beat at home. Despite two defeats there this season to Wire and Leigh.

This one could potentially go either way, with both sides having three wins from six and potentially losing games they’re expected to win, and winning games they’re not too fancied in. They can blow hot and cold, and I do refer back to the Leeds away performance at Castleford that would worry me in this one, as a Rhinos fan. I do think it’ll be a tight game, and the home crowd may just push their boys over the line. However, don’t be surprised to see a Leeds win here.

Prediction: Hull KR by 8 points

St Helens Vs Wakefield Trinity

Date: 31/03/23, Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT, Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium

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, Morgan Knowles, Joey Lussick, LMS, Curtis Sironen, Agnatius Paasi, James Bell, Sam Royle, Konrad Hurrell, Tee Ritson, George Delaney, McKenzie Buckley.

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

Wakefield is in a terrible mess this season. You can’t help but worry and feel sorry for them as a neutral. They look and feel like a side sinking further and further into defeat, week by week. There seems to be no way out for them at present, and a game away, to the super league and world champions doesn’t help that matter. I’ve tried my best to not insult Trinity too much with this prediction, but every number felt too low for where this one could end up.

I love nothing more to be proven wrong, but Saints have started to show a bit more cohesion in recent weeks and last week was a real dig deep and grind it out win. I don’t expect this week to be the same, and I think it’s a nice game for them to have before next weeks game with Wigan. They’ll be too quick, strong and show enough quality to get the job done. Could be a very long afternoon for the Wakefield players and fans.

Prediction: St Helens by 36 points

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Warrington Wolves Vs Hull FC

Date: 01/04/23, Kick-off Time: 13:00 GMT, Venue: The Halliwell Jones Stadium

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

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

Warrington continued their flawless start to the season with a comfortable 38-0 win away to Castleford last week. They continue to impress, and they are seemingly getting stronger, fitter and a more rounded team. The likes of Williams, Dufty and Vaughan look really strong, and as I noted last week, they did have a nice run of games to finish this month before a potentially torturous April begins.

As for FC, they’ve just had their own tortuous month in March, win four consecutive defeats, the latter being a poor one to newly promoted Leigh. Early doors they look impressive with back-to-back wins, then since, they’ve sunk like the titanic. Their home form has been poor a with rivals KR to coke at home next week, the future is looking bleak for a struggling Tony Smith and his black and whites.

Prediction: Warrington by 18 points

Catalan Dragons Vs Castleford Tigers

Date: 01/04/23, Kick-off Time: 17:00 GMT, Venue: Stade Brutus Gilbert

Catalan Dragons 21-Man Squad: Arthur Mourgue, Tom Davies, Adam Keighran, Matthieu Laguerre, Mitchell Pearce, Mike McMeeken, Micky McIlorum, Julian Bousquet, Matt Whitley, Paul Seguier, Benjamin Garcia, Alrix Da Costa, Romain Navarrete, Cesar Rouge, Tiaki Chan, Arthur Romano, Jordan Dezaria, Tom Johnstone, Bastien Scimone, Sam Tomkins, Tanguy Zenon.

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

Last week was not a good one for either of these sides. Both on the wrong end of defeats, and both with lots to worry about within their respective performances. Tigers were kept scoreless, at home. While Catalan gave up a 22-8 lead, to be ultimately battered in the second half, and lose out 32-22 at Leeds. Both bad defeats, both for different reasons and different worries for each team to have.

I think Catalan, as the home side, will see this more of a ‘bounce back’ game, while Tigers will be praying for a miracle in the south of France. Similar to Trinity, Castleford look a beaten side, every time they take to the field. Apart from their win against Leeds, they have been poor every week. A lack of confidence seems to be evident throughout and this will be another long day for Tigers.

Prediction: Catalan by 24 points

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Salford Red Devils Vs Huddersfield Giants

Date: 02/04/23, Kick-off Time: 15:00 GMT, Venue: AJ Bell Stadium

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

Huddersfield Giants 21-Man Squad: Ashton Golding, Chris McQueen, Chris Hill , Esan Marster, Harry Rushton, Jake Connor, Jack Ashworth, Jake Bibby, Jermaine McGillvary, Kevin Naiqama, Leroy Cudjoe, Luke Yates, Matty English, Nathan Mason, Nathan Peats, Olly Russell, Owen Trout, Sam Halsall, Seb Ikahihifo, Tui Lolohea, Will Pryce.

Salford will find themselves really unlucky to not pick up the two points last week at Wigan. I was at the game, and they were the best side for 65 minutes. Wigan turned up in the last 15, and due to Salford not putting the game to bed while on too, it allowed Wigan to nick it late on. They will be kicking themselves as they had chances to kill it off but didn’t quite punish when they should’ve.

Giants will probably feel the same after their defeat to Saints. On another day, they win that game and put away chances created. Both of these sides lacked in attack last week and it cost them dearly in the end. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out, as I don’t feel either will ‘run away’ with it, and it could be real tight. But with how both have gone this year, I could be proven incredibly wrong.

Prediction: Salford by 4 points

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