Thu, Jan 11, 8:50am by Staff Writer
Whilst league fans in Australia will have to wait until early March for the NRL action to kick off, England’s Super League should tide any league supporter over for a month. It springs in to action from 1st February and whilst it may not currently have the glamour of the NRL, it certainly has more than enough appeal to cover the wait.
Last year’s Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos kick off the new season with a tough away fixture against Warrington Wolves. The Rhinos made short work of the League Leaders’ Shield Winners Castleford, in the Grand Final at Old Trafford to secure their 8th Super League title. They are, however, up against it especially after the loss of stalwarts Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow. Leeds are priced at $6.50 to retain their title.
Whilst Leeds may be the most successful Super League team, it is Wigan Warriors who are historically the most successful English club. They head into 2018 needing vast improvements after a 7th placed finish and failure to make the playoff semi-finals. Despite that though they stand as favourites at $4. The Warriors will be hoping that Sam Tomkins can rediscover the form that made him one of the hottest properties in rugby league not so long ago.
Castleford is a place that many from outside of the town have either not heard of, and almost certainly not been there. Yet they ran away last season in Super League to secure their first ever League Leader’s Shield and also make their first appearance in a Grand Final. Ultimately, they fell short on the big stage but will be back better than before with more experience. They stand at $4.33.
An agonising two-point loss to eventual Champions Leeds, meant that Hull FC finished 2017 in disappointing fashion. After securing back to back Challenge Cups, Hull were aiming to make their mark at the business end of the Super League playoffs. They were undone though by a Leeds side used to performing under pressure. At $5.50 expect Hull FC to have an impact on the outcome of Super League 2018.
St Helens have not won a Super League title since 2014 but they have been an ever present at the semi-final stage every year since then. They will be hoping that 2018 is the year that they go one better again and give themselves the chance to be Champions once again. A revitalised Ben Barba could have a huge impact on their season as they stand at $6 to go all the way.
Rounding out the top six are Warrington Wolves who were forced to take part in the Qualifiers last season to retain their place in Super League. Priced at $8, however, they are in with a chance of causing a few upsets this year. They were Grand Finalists as recently as 2016 and will be looking to bounce back from the disappointments of 2017.
Sportsbet Markets – Super League 2018
Wigan Warriors $4
Castleford Tigers $4.33
Hull FC $5.50
St Helens $6
Leeds Rhinos $6.50
Warrington Wolves $8
Huddersfield Giants $26
Wakefield Trinity $51
Catalans Dragons $67
Salford Red Devils $101
Hull Kingston Rovers $201
Widnes Vikings $501
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