Round 22 predictions
4 Aug 2022
Hull KR v Toulouse Olympique
Despite being comfortably beaten at Wigan last time out, the Robins can take solace in their gritty, backs against the wall performance. Danny McGuire was forced to field an extremely inexperienced side but should welcome some troops back this week.
They host a Toulouse side that have an uphill battle to remain in the top flight. A pivotal point in their season resulted in two losses at home over the past two weeks – and they must now find some form on the road if they are to survive beyond 2022.
Prediction: Robins by 6
Huddersfield Giants v Hull FC
Hull FC showed some spark to win just their second game in eight last week and remain within touching distance of the top six. Their opponents in Round 22 pose a much more significant threat, with Ian Watson’s Giants aiming to consolidate their deserved third place position.
Huddersfield defeated the Wolves last weekend and ended their own recent run of indifferent form. It’s been an impressive year so far for the Giants as they look to rekindle some of their best form ahead of next months Play-Off’s.
Prediction: Giants by 10
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Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves
It’s going to take a monumental Warrington display to hand Wigan their first home defeat of the season. But that’s not to say Warrington can’t compete. They led last week against Huddersfield last weekend, as well as leading in recent games against Hull KR and Salford – but they cannot seem to close games out.
And they face a Warriors side that don’t go away. Their gritty attitude is matched by a devastating attack fronted by the mercurial Bevan French and electric Jai Field.
Prediction: Warriors by 16
St Helens v Castleford Tigers
Cas have the upper hand over Saints in their last two meetings – the Tigers beat a young St Helens side at the Jungle in Round 10, as well as handing Saints their last home defeat in 2021. Both sides will be desperate to bounce back after disappointing defeats last time out and have their own league aspirations that still need fulfilling.
Despite the Tigers recent resurgence, it’s hard to see St Helens losing at home – although both teams will be on a mission to right their wrongs from last week.
Prediction: Saints by 8
Leeds Rhinos v Salford Red Devils
The race for the Play-Off’s intensifies when Leeds and Salford meet on Sunday. Salford’s impressive recent form has elevated them into the top six with the Rhinos just one point behind them in eighth.
Both are coming into this off the back of impressive displays in Round 21 which saw Salford topple the Champions and Leeds win in golden point after trailing 30-6 away at Catalans. Home advantage could be key for Leeds but it’s hard to write off Salford after Sunday’s heroics.
Prediction: Red Devils by 2
Wakefield Trinity v Catalans Dragons
It was a huge result for Trinity last week in more ways than one. Their win against Cas was their first victory against their West Yorkshire rivals in 17 attempts, and it also lifted them off the foot of the table.
Although they’ve put some breathing space between themselves and Toulouse, the job is far from done for Trinity. And they face a Catalans side who, despite not hitting the same heights as last year, still pose a huge threat across the field.
Prediction: Dragons by 6