Write the Warrington Wolves off at your peril. It was a case of close but no cigar for Steve Price’s side in 2018 as the Wire fell at the final hurdle once again. Reaching the Grand Final was an achievement in itself though after a difficult start to the calendar year and Price can take Warrington to the Super League summit with a full year of experience now under his belt.
There was sad news this week with the confirmation that Manu Vatuvei has had to retire from the sport after a number of injury setbacks.
At the start of any league, regardless of what sport it may be, early predictions are made on how the season will shape up. The big talking points often revolve around who will be made champions and who be relegated with teams celebrated or written off before a ball has even been kicked. Saturday’s Super League opener was a great example of this as Wakefield Trinity travelled to West London to take on the supposedly lowly London Broncos.
St Helens have been installed as the clear favourites to win the Challenge Cup after they thrashed Wakefield to power through to the semi-finals on Saturday. The Super League leaders were at their majestic best in the first half of a 48-10 triumph at Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Morgan Knowles, and Regan Grace all scored. Further tries from Zeb Taia, Mark Percival, Jonny Lomax and Kevin Naiqama after the break wrapped up a comprehensive victory. They have won this trophy 12 times previously and they are now odds-on to make it 13 after enjoying such a strong season on all fronts.
Sonny Bill Williams is one of the all-time great rugby professionals and a man that gets people into seats and then off them with his electric style of play. That is no doubt the reason why the Toronto Wolfpack have shelved out $5 million a season to have the Kiwi put on their kit. At 34-years-old though, how wise is the investment and will Williams still be the player of yesteryear come the start of the season in late January?
The Rugby Football League and Super League Europe today announce a suspension of fixtures in the Betfred Super League season, initially until 3rd April, during which time the season’s structure and fixture rescheduling will be considered.
Super League and Betfred have today announced the biggest commercial deal in the history of the competition by extending their partnership for a further two seasons.