Love Rugby League predictions for Super League 2022

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The Love Rugby League team give their predictions for Super League 2022, including Grand Final and Challenge Cup winner picks.

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James Gordon

1 St Helens
2 Leeds
3 Wigan
4 Catalans
5 Warrington
6 Huddersfield
7 Hull KR
8 Hull FC
9 Castleford
10 Salford
11 Toulouse
12 Wakefield

Grand Final: St Helens
Challenge Cup: Wigan

It promises to be a fascinating battle at the top of the table, with at least five clubs having genuine hopes of reaching the top.

The consistency shown by St Helens and Catalans over recent years will be hard to match, and that’s the challenge facing Leeds, Wigan and Warrington in particular – though of course Daryl Powell knows what it takes to top the pile.

At the other end of the table, it’s hard to place just who will go where and my mind changes regularly. Toulouse’s home form has to be good to give them any chance of staying up, while Paul Rowley will make his Salford team tough to beat.

If Toulouse can find form and a few more players, then we could be looking at a repeat of the thrilling finale in 2019 when four teams were fighting to survive right up until the final day of the season.

Drew Darbyshire

1 St Helens
2 Wigan
3 Catalans
4 Warrington
5 Leeds
6 Huddersfield
7 Hull KR
8 Castleford
9 Hull FC
10 Salford
11 Wakefield
12 Toulouse

Grand Final: Wigan
Challenge Cup: St Helens

Surely St Helens can’t win the Grand Final four years in a row? For that reason I’ve gone with someone different. Matt Peet is at the helm at Wigan and I’m tipping them to go all the way in 2022.

St Helens and Catalans Dragons will push them closely. I think Leeds could be a nice outsider.

I’m a huge admirer of rugby league in France and I’m delighted to see Toulouse finally get their chance in Super League. However, I just think the mountain is too high for them to climb, especially after the departure of captain Johnathon Ford.

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Josh McAllister

1 Wigan
2 St Helens
3 Leeds
4 Catalans
5 Warrington
6 Hull FC
7 Huddersfield
8 Hull KR
9 Castleford
10 Salford
11 Toulouse
12 Wakefield

Grand Final: Wigan
Challenge Cup: Leeds

As every year is, it’s another season to make tough prediction. I actually believe Salford will have a somewhat successful season under Paul Rowley, but there are some class squads in the league this year.

Matt Peet will get Wigan back to their best, and once again St Helens look solid. Leeds are also in for some silverware this season, but anything can happen in the cup.

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George Riley

1 Catalans
2 Saints
3 Warrington
4 Leeds
5 Wigan
6 Hull KR
7 Castleford
8 Hull FC
9 Huddersfield
10 Salford
11 Toulouse
12 Wakefield

Grand Final: Catalans
Challenge Cup: Hull KR

As a lover of French rugby league this may be heart ruling head but I’m backing Catalans to make history. Performance coach Rich Hunwicks’ return to Leeds leaves a void but they’ve recruited well and old boy Sam Tomkins remains a wizard.

Leeds and Warrington will push Saints while Wigan will knock on the door.

I like the Hull KR vibe under Tony Smith and Toulouse could still have enough to survive despite losing key men, giving Wakefield a tough year.

Steven Hughes

1 St Helens
2 Catalans
3 Leeds
4 Warrington
5 Wigan
6 Hull KR
7 Castleford
8 Hull FC
9 Huddersfield
10 Salford
11 Wakefield
12 Toulouse

Grand Final: St Helens
Challenge Cup: Leeds

Zach Holland

1 Catalans
2 St. Helens
3. Wigan
4. Warrington
5. Leeds
6. Castleford
7. Hull KR
8. Hull FC
9. Huddersfield
10. Wakefield
11. Salford
12. Toulouse

Grand Final: Catalans
Challenge Cup: Leeds

I think this has the potential be one of the tighter and closer seasons we have seen in recent years, but I feel it is hard to look past Catalans to go all the way this year and avenge last year’s Grand Final defeat.

The Dragons may have lost an elite string puller in James Maloney, but the acquisition of Mitchell Pearce brings with it someone of equal star power. The combination of that plus the presence of other new NRL recruits in Dylan Napa, Dean Whare and Tyrone May on top premier offensive catalysts in Sam Tomkins, Josh Drinkwater, Arthur Morgue and Tom Davies make Steve McNamara’s side a menacing prospect.

Also, even though it hurts to say I think Leeds could do better than this prediction but with the quality above them it may prove a difficult task. However, with Blake Austin and Aiden Sezer leading the halves, and with a fully fit Jack Walker and Harry Newman they are certainly a dark horse team and one worth keeping an eye on.

How do you think the season will pan out? Let us know your predictions in the comments below.

About James Gordon 7308 Articles
Love Rugby League editor. Founded the website back in 2005. Worked with a range of clubs and sponsors during that time. Also commentates for BBC.

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