The Championship may have returned to action but after a further weeks’ preparation, the big boys are springing back into action as the Betfred Super League is back!
Last season was classed as an ‘infamous’ one as many clubs possessed their amount of injuries and the Australians displayed their superiority in terms of the World Club Series and International.
2017 will hopefully be different, especially as the World Cup is looming, but for now, the focus is league footy!
St Helens Vs Leeds Rhinos
A fitting introduction to a Super League campaign are two of Super League’s giants in St Helens and Leeds Rhinos at the newly named Totally Wicked Stadium.
The Saints include new signings Luke Douglas, Adam Walker, Thomas Lee and Ryan Morgan for potential debuts but are without the injured Matty Smith.
The Rhinos are without trio Keith Galloway, Brett Delaney and Brett Ferres for the opener.
St Helens should start as favourites, after all, their squad is stronger in terms of experience plus with respect, they have had less off field issues to contend with.
Leeds are a club that should never be underestimated given their history but given last season, they are still re-building.
Early days obviously in 2017 but the Saints, experience, home advantage and less distractions, should attain the win.
Smith maybe injured but Theo Fages, Jonny Lomax and James Roby remain and as a trio, will cause plenty of problems.
Leeds’ pivots are knocking on slightly and need some replacements very soon, but loaning Jordan Lilley out is a risk and one that might prove costly.
This match should be a thriller match and a really close call but seeing past a home win on day one is difficult.