Round 21 predictions
28 Jul 2022
Wigan Warriors v Hull KR
Wigan will be out to avenge a hugely disappointing defeat last week when they face Hull KR on Thursday. The Warriors were convincingly beaten by Leeds in Round 20 and look to have surrendered any hope of finishing top. They go up against a Hull KR side that has been further decimated by injury and suspension, forcing Danny McGuire to send a scratched team to the DW Stadium.
Matt Peet’s side are yet to lose a game at home this season and the challenge at hand for the Robins is a huge one. Wigan will be determined to right their wrongs from last week - Hull KR could be in for a tough evening.
Prediction: Warriors by 20
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Toulouse Olympique v Hull FC
This could be a season defining game for both sides. It’s no secret that Toulouse’s home form supersedes their away form - and the French side now have just two home games left this year. After last weekend’s defeat to Salford, this clash with Hull FC is hugely important in Toulouse’s battle for survival and one they simply cannot afford to lose.
As for Hull FC, they have won just one of their last seven games and sit outside the top six. Perhaps more concerning is the manner of those defeats – particularly their last two outings. The Black & Whites have conceded over 100 points from their last two games and desperately need to improve before their season ends prematurely.
Prediction: Toulouse by 4
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity
Castleford boast an unbelievable winning streak against their West Yorkshire rivals. The Tigers have won their last 17 meetings with Trinity and last tasted defeat against them in February 2015. That run – alongside the Tigers impressive recent form – points to a comfortable Cas win on Friday.
There’s never been a more important time for Trinity to end that streak. They remain at the foot of the table after an agonising golden point defeat against St Helens last weekend and with just seven rounds left to play, need to turn those close games into wins – and fast. But that won’t be easy against high-flying Cas.
Prediction: Tigers by 12
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Huddersfield Giants v Warrington Wolves
The Giants early season momentum has stuttered following three losses from their last four games. Ian Watson’s side will still be favourites for a top four finish but nothing is guaranteed – especially with seven rounds still to play.
They will be expected to see off a Warrington side that just don’t seem to be clicking this year. The Wolves let another lead slip against Hull KR last week and continue to find themselves uncomfortably close to the foot of the table. A win for Huddersfield in front of their home fans in Round 21 is a great chance for the team to reinvigorate themselves ahead of the final few rounds.
Prediction: Giants by 8
Catalans Dragons v Leeds Rhinos
It was a welcome return home for Leeds last week as they dismantled second placed Wigan, whilst Catalans fought til the end to earn a much-needed victory against fourth placed Huddersfield.
Those results should set this up to be a close contest and the Rhinos will no doubt want to right some wrongs after a disappointing trip to France two weeks ago. Leeds need a win to keep their top six hopes alive but a trip to Catalans is a notoriously tough fixture for any side.
Prediction: Dragons by 2
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Salford Red Devils v St Helens
Alongside Castleford, Salford and St Helens have been the in-form sides over recent weeks. Both have lost just one of their last five and Sunday’s contest could prove a decisive fixture in both their seasons. For Salford, a win against the Champions would further solidify their spot in the top six and give them real confidence heading into the back end of the year.
A win for the Saints would all but confirm top spot and re-emphasise their dominance in this year’s competition. Home advantage will certainly work in Salford’s favour and could instigate a winning performance if they maintain their impressive standards.
Prediction: Red Devils by 1