Super League 2019: Three top talking points

With the 2019 Super League season now in the record books, attention will soon turn to the 2020 campaign.

St Helens were the dominant force last term, while the likes of Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos failed to live up to expectations.

However, with Saints’ head coach Justin Holbrook heading back to his native Australia it remains to be seen if they can repeat the trick next time around.

Read on as we assess at some of the major talking points as the dust settles on the 2019 Super League season.

Woolf has big shoes to fill

St Helens were a class apart during the regular season, losing just three matches on their way to finishing 16 points ahead of the Warriors.

They went on to claim their seventh Super League title by beating Salford Red Devils in the Grand Final at Old Trafford to give Holbrook the perfect send-off.

The 43-year-old transformed the club’s fortunes after replacing Keiron Cunningham and he could well prove to be a tough act to follow.

Kristian Woolf impressed during his time in charge of the Tongan national team, but whether he can replicate his success in the domestic game remains to be seen.

Warriors on a recovery mission

Wigan’s 28-4 defeat against Salford cost them their place in the Grand Final and was a dismal end to what had been a roller-coaster campaign.

The Warriors won just one of their first six matches under Adrian Lam, but improved as the season progressed to book their place in the play-offs.

They spurned two opportunities to reach the final and will be eager to bounce back when the new season gets underway.

They have been installed as joint favourites alongside Saints in the rugby betting to win the 2020 championship, but will need to be much more consistent if they’re to challenge their big rivals.

Watson turns Salford around

Salford were written off as relegation fodder before the season began, but they defied the odds to enjoy a memorable campaign.

Head coach Ian Watson guided the Red Devils to third in the table before overseeing magnificent victories over Castleford and Wigan in the play-offs.

They were superb defensively in both those games, highlighting that they have players who are capable of competing with the leading sides in Super League.

They ultimately came up short against Saints in the final, but Watson and his players should be proud of what they have achieved this season.

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