It all returned last week and we had plenty to stew over and no doubt, round two will provide more of the same!
A historical round as some clashes move to venues for the first and perhaps only occasion so plenty to talk about and look forward to!
Huddersfield Giants Vs Warrington Wolves
First up is a trip to the John Smith’s stadium as Huddersfield Giants take on Warrington Wolves.
Plenty of love lost maybe as the Giants edged out Warrington to the Super 8s so revenge will be in mind for the visitors.
Danny Brough Vs Kevin Brown
First up is a look at two veteran international half-backs in Danny Brough and Kevin Brown.
Brough has been an influential figure for his respective clubs and country throughout his career and following last week’s collapse, will need to step up here.
Brown, with respect, is off the back of a quiet World Cup campaign and given all the headlines he has made for the Wolves, definitely has a point to prove against his former club.
A lot riding on the performance of either player that could very week determine the victor of this already all-important clash.
Jermaine McGillvary Vs Matthew Russell
Now the three-quarters and the focus is on international duo Jermaine McGillvary and Matthew Russell.
McGillvary missed out last week at Hull but is on for a potential return in the hopes of continuing his top form that saw him as a contender for the golden boot.
Russell endured a less successful World Cup campaign, but his ability to adapt between positions had proved devastating in the past, making him a worthy opponent.
An interesting battle between both players, especially in attack, something either side could do with as they have not been easy on the eye in such a manner.
Sebastine Ikahihifo Vs Chris Hill
Now the pack and the juggernauts in question are Sebastine Ikahihifo and Chris Hill.
Ikahihifo was rather quiet last week against Hull and has a point to prove should he wish to regain his form of last year that earned him selection in to the Dream Team.
But so does Hill, having been in that Team on three occasions, and will wish to resurrect Warrington’s flagging fortunes.
Both will provide either team with plenty of power going forward and even a stint in defence.
A difficult game to decide as both are in a similar position, wishing to escape mid-table as well as starting the opening round with defeat.
The Giants do have a good mix of youth and experience, both in the back line and the pack.
McGillvary’s inclusion will be crucial as it provides the Giants with that extra power, something every team needs nowadays.
That and having Jordan Turner, Lee Gaskell and Aaron Murphy sees the Giants not only have power but speed, agility and even decent kicking games.
Then of course the pack, having Ikahihifo line-up with Ukuma Ta’ai, Paul Cough and Daniel Smith provides the Giants with some strength up front.
All of whom can link up with pivots such as Brough, Jordan Rankin and Ryan Hinchcliffe.
But the risk is, some of these players are aging that eventually cost them heavily against Hull last time out.
The Wolves may not be going strong, but have some very impressive names on paper that could easily exploit this weakness.
Brown may be out of sorts but could easily click and alongside new signing Tyrone Roberts, the Wolves could become a threat.
Especially if they link with Russell, Bryson Goodwin, Ryan Atkins and Tom Lineham effectively as all of them can easily match the Giants.
Then of course the forwards as with Hill, they have Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Jack Hughes and of course Ben Murdoch-Masila.
The latter of which looked quite dangerous against Leeds and could bring his top form to the table, as he did for Salford.
Overall, two similar looking teams and it will be close but the Wolves, under new management, may click more effectively given the fact the players will wish to impress the new set-up.
It’s a question of maturity in this one and the Wolves may just edge it, despite the transition.
They have more experienced personnel on paper and in sport, even those things ultimately decide a winner.