Five things to look forward to: McGuire facing Leeds, Super League abroad, Barba

After a thrilling weekend of Betfred Super League action last weekend, there are even more things to look forward to in round two.

Can Warrington bounce back?

Warrington Wolves only fell short 16-12 to 2017 Super League champions Leeds Rhinos in the opening game of the season last week. They went pretty well in the game and showed considerable improvements from what we saw of them last term. They travel to Huddersfield Giants tonight so it will be intriguing to see whether Steve Price has put confidence back into his side ahead of the clash.

The first ever Super League game outside of Europe

This is one game that will spark a lot of debate on social media. Wigan Warriors and Hull FC will compete for two Super League points and the Kenny Sterling Shield at the WIN Stadium in Wollongong on Saturday – the first ever Super League game to be played outside of Europe. Wigan and Hull have received some stick from both sets of fans due to them sacrificing a home game to play it in Australia but others have embraced it and have made the trip over there. It will be good to see how many NRL fans attend the game…

Barba back in action

Even if you are a Wigan fan, you have got to enjoy watching Ben Barba play. The 28-year-old was world class, yes, world class, in St Helens’ 46-6 thrashing of 2017 League Leaders’ Shield winners Castleford last week. The former Dally M Medal winner scored two tries and came up with three assists for Mark Percival. A sensational player, fans of Super League have got to appreciate him while they can.

Attacking play from Castleford and Widnes

When was the last time you heard someone saying they are looking forward to watching Widnes’ attacking play? Yes, we are only one game into the new campaign, but you have got to applaud their fantastic 40-12 victory over Catalans Dragons last week. Joe Mellor and Tom Gilmore looked good together in the halves. It will be interesting to see how Castleford react to their battering at St Helens last week. The Tigers’ attacking play is, arguably, the best in Super League on its day so hopefully we can see these two teams compete in a thriller at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday.

McGuire to return to Leeds tonight

Leeds Rhinos will be come up against Danny McGuire as opposition for the first ever time at Elland Road tonight. The 35-year-old is one of Leeds’ most decorated players ever but moved to Hull Kington Rovers in the off-season. It’s going to be a strange feeling for him no doubt and even though he has played a couple of games for the Robins now, it still looks strange seeing him in a red and white kit! It will be interesting to see how he gets on.

 

What are you looking forward to seeing this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

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