Following the historic week, where Super League journeyed out of Europe for the first time, we are back to reality!
Another whole round of Super League coming up so make sure you don’t miss out as here’s hoping for plenty of action!
Huddersfield Giants Vs St Helens
First up is a trip to the birthplace of the sport as Huddersfield Giants host league leaders St Helens.
Huddersfield aiming for back-to-back home wins but the Saints of course, hoping to remain on top of the pile.
Jake Mamo Vs Ben Barba
A rather obvious choice as two exiles from down under in Jake Mamo and Ben Barba line-up against one or another.
Mamo endured a 2017 dogged by injury and has a point to prove, already on his way to such a feat as last time out, he helped the Giants defeat Warrington.
But so has Barba, having spent a lot of 2017 out following his off-field issues, he has made an explosive start and is already a contender for the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award.
Both can excel in attack and will provide invaluable support play for either side.
Sebastine Ikahihifo Vs Alex Walmsley
Into the pack and here are two who finished as a couple of the best of 2017 in Sebastine Ikahihifo and Alex Walmsley
Ikahihifo attained a spot in the 2017 Super League Dream Team, having finished with the Giants’ highest amount of offloads with 73 and even amassed 2795 metres for good measure.
Walmsley, though, has had experience with Dream Team selections and finished as the competition’s top metre maker in 2017 with 4256.
Two very powerful contenders that should provide the teams with a lot of go forward and even some graft in defence.
Jermaine McGillvary Vs Regan Grace
Finally, a look at the three-quarters in two Internationals in Jermaine McGillvary and Regan Grace.
McGillvary had an outstanding 2017 season, but has yet to get off the mark this season, literally as he has not taken to the field yet.
Grace meanwhile, is already a contender for personal awards at the end of the year, having enjoyed a strong start with the Saints, scoring a crucial try in the win in France last time out.
Two very different players, McGillvary with his strength but Grace with his nippiness and either style could prove decisive in this one.
A very interesting clash and though many will probably only go with one team, it could actually go either way.
The Giants may have picked up some confidence with their win over Warrington, but the Saints are unbeaten and may have experienced a reality check with their hard fought win in France after trouncing Castleford in round one.
Looking at the Giants, they possess a healthy array of pivots as with Mamo, they have Jordan Rankin, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Kruise Leeming and Danny Brough.
Brough may lead by example, but regardless, all of them have decent kicking games and even potent ball handling skills.
Then of course they have some exciting three-quarters in Darnell McIntosh, Aaron Murphy and Jordan Turner, who all join McGillvary.
Their pack too, should not be taken lightly, Ikahihifo and Ukuma Ta’ai will be their main strike force.
But their depth, with respect, does look rather weak that may prove costly here.
As for the Saints, they look the business at the moment in 2018 and should start as favourites for this one.
Barba has been sensational, as has James Roby, leading by example like a proper hooker, guiding the rest of the team across the park.
Players such as Walmsley, Kyle Amor, Zeb Taia, Luke Douglas, Luke Thompson and Dominique Peyroux are all at Roby’s disposal to lead.
A very healthy array of forwards for the Saints, some excellent first choice and depth players that should pave the way for the visitors.
Thriving off such a force are skilled three-quarters in Tom Makinson, Ryan Morgan, Mark Percival and Grace plus let’s not forget Theo Fages.
Going through that squad, they will prove difficult to live with; perhaps too difficult as they start as favourites and should get the job done.
The Giants, no doubt, should provide some resistance but the inevitably is that the Saints will overwhelm them with their superior pack, speedsters and leading enforcers.
They hold all the cards do the Saints so it is hard going against them and therefore, will make it three from three, unless a miracle for the hosts should occur.