It was the Challenge Cup last weekend, and this gave me an opportunity to look back at the thirteen rounds of Super League. It has been a strange year of Rugby League with treble winners Leeds occupying the wooden spoon at the moment and Huddersfield in eleventh spot.
Despite Salford’s point reduction they sit in tenth with James Webster’s Hull KR in ninth position. Injury-ridden Castleford Tigers are eighth with the Wakefield Wildcats in seventh. Widnes, who started the season on fire, are sixth with 2014 champions St. Helens in fifth just two points behind fierce rivals Wigan who are fourth. Lee Radford’s Hull FC are third and the impressive Catalan Dragons are in second with Warrington leading the way having only lost three games all year.
Castleford have been rocked by injuries this season. They have lost Luke Dorn, Ben Roberts, Oliver Holmes, Junior Moors, Frankie Mariano, Michael Shenton, Ash Robson, Jake Webster and Andy Lynch in the season forcing Daryl Powell to re-shuffle his squad. They have produced some memorable performances such as victories against Leeds and Widnes but a 16-58 loss to Hull KR last week was backed up with another loss against St. Helens. There are definitely good times ahead for the Tigers and as soon as they get players back from injury, they will be a force again.
Position: 8th Rating: 5/10
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