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.
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’s a lot of talk in recent weeks about the marquee signing and the possibility of the Super League extending its use. Chief executive Robert Elstone said that clubs are interested in doing so, with a number of them open to discussion. However, as we all know, all clubs need to ratify the decision, and that’s where we may hit a stumbling block or two.
On 31st January, the Super League will get back underway for a new season when St Helens and Wigan clash at the Totally Wicked Stadium. It is in, fact, a clash between the two favourites for the Grand Final.
Wigan Warriors will launch their defence of the Betfred Super League title at the home of their fierce rivals St Helens in a Thursday night blockbuster opening to the 2019 season.