The penultimate round of the regular season has arrived as the players take their positions for their end of season run-in.
This season may have faced more scrutiny in terms of quality but let’s face it, it has been superb for it to have passed so quickly!
Below are the possible outcomes for all six games on again, find out where your club will probably finish come the Super 8s!
Wigan Warriors Vs Warrington Wolves
First up is an old rivalry between last season’s Grand Finalists as Wigan Warriors battle Warrington Wolves at the DW stadium.
Wigan are without Liam Farrell, meaning youngsters Callum Field and Jack Wells have been drafted in as potential replacements.
The Wolves meanwhile are unchanged from their emphatic win over Leigh last week.
A tough one to call as both recorded comprehensive wins last time out that will restore some confidence into their ranks.
Wigan look the stronger as they have their first choice selection of pivots available in George Williams, Thomas Leuluai and Sean O’Loughlin.
All of whom have great kicking games, side-stepping skills and even strength going forward to support their pack.
In that said pack, Frank-Paul Nu’uausala and Taulima Tautai will be a handful, not only in metres but offloading too.
Then of course there’s John Bateman, who has returned to the fold and is quickly becoming a contender for International selection once more.
Wigan look formidable all over the field, but the Wolves, on paper anyway, have talent to combat such a threat.
Kurt Gidley will need to step up to lead the team around, with assistance from Daryl Clark and Stefan Ratchford.
With respect though, the latter is becoming too predictable with ball in hand, something the experienced Warriors will read easily unless he adapts to something new.
Clark’s inclusion with the forwards has to be on top form as the Wolves’ main chance of winning will be winning the forward battle as Wigan are just too fast out to contend with out wide.
Yes, Ben Pomeroy and Peta Hiku have been drafted in, but may still need time to settle in, perhaps too soon for top form from either of them.
However, despite having talent in Chris Hill and Ben Currie available, Wigan just have too much quality much for the Wolves.
Warrington’s consistency hasn’t been too good and if they start slow, they could fall away from the match quicker than most will perceive.
Wigan will play the faster rugby, utilising their youngsters to great effect as well a superior half-back combination and forward pack, eventually getting the job done.