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Super League XXVIII week two preview: World Club champions to open their account

The new Super League season is now a week old and Warrington Wolves sit top of the pile after their impressive 42-10 win over Leeds Rhinos in the first fixture of the new campaign.

Reigning Super League and now newly-crowned World Club Challenge champions St Helens are also back in action, as all 12 teams feature in an action-packed schedule in week two.

Robins look to make it five in a row

WhatSalford Red Devils v Hull KR
WhereAJ Bell Stadium, Salford
When20:00, Thursday 23rd February
How to watchSky Sports Arena
OddsSalford 2/7, Tie 22/1, Hull KR 11/4

Both Salford Red Devils and Hull KR started the 2023 campaign with impressive victories last weekend.

Salford played the role of party poopers as they ruined Leigh Leopards' return to Super League by beating them 20-10 away from home.

New Hull KR coach Willie Peters got off to the perfect start as his side beat Wigan Warriors 27-18 in the shock of the round.

Hull KR have won the last four meetings between these two sides, but only one of those victories came in Salford.

Red Devils boss Paul Rowley will welcome back winger Joe Burgess from injury, while Peters is without Rhys Kennedy, Ryan Hall and Matty Storton.

Home advantage is likely to prove crucial this week, and Salford can cover the -10 handicap at 10/11.

Momentum key for Warrington

WhatHuddersfield Giants v Warrington Wolves
WhereJohn Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
When19:45, Friday 24th February
OddsHuddersfield 5/6, Tie 18/1, Warrington 21/20

Daryl Powell's Warrington Wolves made an eye-catching start to the new campaign last week, scoring 42 points against Leeds.

While the Rhinos were way below their best, Powell's side scored tries through seven different players, and that should have given everyone a confidence boost ahead of Friday's meeting with Huddersfield Giants.

Warrington finished second from bottom in 2022, but they showcased their potential last week.

On the other hand, Huddersfield did not play, as they were due to take on St Helens, who were Down Under winning the World Club Challenge.

It is hard to know what to expect from the Giants, especially with off-season recruit Jake Connor still on the treatment table.

Warrington caught the eye last weekend, and they look good value to win at 21/20.

Black and Whites hoping to add to Leeds' woes

WhatLeeds Rhinos v Hull FC
WhereHeadingley Stadium, Leeds
When20:00, Friday 24th February
How to watchSky Sports Arena
OddsLeeds 4/7, Tie 20/1, Hull FC 6/4

Leeds Rhinos showed signs of rustiness throughout last week's defeat at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, and that may be hard to shake off when they host Hull FC on Friday.

The Rhinos will welcome Tony Smith back to the club, with the Australian coach still admired after his previous achievements with Leeds.

Hull FC showed plenty of fight to keep Castleford Tigers at bay last weekend, securing a 32-30 win on home soil and that gritty performance should stand them in good stead this week, especially against a Leeds side who looked so out of sorts.

Leeds have lost their last four games at home to the Black and Whites and that can continue at odds of 6/4.

Cherry and Whites to move on from disappointment

WhatWigan Warriors v Wakefield Trinity
WhereDW Stadium, Wigan
When20:00, Friday 24th February
OddsWigan 1/14, Tie 40/1, Wakefield 7/1

After last week's disappointing result against Hull KR, Matty Peet's Wigan Warriors return to action, and more importantly they are the hosts as they face Wakefield Trinity.

A return to familiar surroundings will be ideal for Peet's troops, as they have won their last seven home games against Wakefield.

Wakefield's last victory at the DW Stadium came back in 2017, and Peet clearly feels he has enough quality in his current group.

He has made no changes to the squad that lost to the Robins, and the Cherry and Whites should cover the 1st-half -9.5 handicap at 8/11.

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Leigh to struggle on their travels

WhatCatalans Dragons v Leigh Leopards
WhereStade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
When18:00, Saturday 25th February
OddsCatalans 1/8, Tie 33/1, Leigh 5/1

After beating Wakefield 24-38 on their travels last week, Catalans Dragons will fancy their chances of winning once again when they welcome Leigh Leopards to the south of France.

Steve McNamara's side have won six of their previous seven meetings against Leigh, and they should have far too much quality for Leigh's squad.

Leigh coach Adrian Lam has plenty of experience in Super League, but this game is likely to come at the wrong time for the Leopards.

Catalans should make a rampant start, allowing them to cover the -7.5 handicap at 5/6.

Saints can build on global success

WhatCastleford Tigers v St Helens
WhereThe Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford
When13:00, Sunday 26th February
How to watchChannel 4
OddsCastleford 21/20, Tie 18/1, St Helens 5/6

St Helens will make their first appearance of the 2023 Super League campaign when they travel across the Pennines to face Castleford Tigers on Sunday.

Paul Wellens' side made history last week, becoming the first Super League side to win the World Club Challenge in Australia since 1994.

The reigning Super League champions won 13-12 against the Penrith Panthers and Wellens' side will look to get back to business domestically at Castleford's expense.

While other teams may struggle with travel commitments, Saints have proven time and time again they are the best team in Super League, and they look good value to win at 5/6.

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