What an Easter!
Saints are on a roll, with two fantastic wins over Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants.
That being said, the weekend was marred by the season-ending injury to impressive 20-year-old half-back Lewis Dodd, who ruptured an achilles tendon in the Good Friday demolition of arch rivals Wigan.
He has proven himself a shining star since becoming a regular starter for Saints halfway through the 2021 season, during which he was a key figure in the Grand Final win over Catalans Dragons.
For me, he is the form half-back in the competition – something Saints boss Kristian Woolf agrees with.
It’s a massive blow, not just for the champions but also England, as his name has regularly been spoken about ahead of the Rugby League World Cup in October.
I saw Lewis go down and grab his heel, and knew instantly what he’d done having experienced exactly the same fate back in 2007.
It’s a horrendous injury, but one I know you can come back from, which is exactly what Lewis will do. He’s an exceptional young man with a first-class attitude and work ethic. I wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to his return in 2023.
Betfred Super League Odds
Unsurprisingly, after a couple of impressive performances over Easter, Saints are now odds-on for the first time this season at 10/11 to make it four titles in a row.
Catalans are next in the betting at 3/1, follow by Wigan at 6/1 – while the struggling Warrington Wolves, who have now lost six of their last seven games, have drifted to 16/1.
So, the only blip for Saints so far this season was against bottom club Toulouse – a defeat I still can’t get my head around.
That should be a timely reminder ahead of the weekend, when we face Castleford Tigers at the Jungle on Friday.
Despite a win against a dire Leeds Rhinos on Monday, I’ve not been too impressed by Lee Radford’s side in 2022.
They have some quality players, including England stars Paul McShane and Niall Evalds, but have failed to show the consistency of previous seasons and are currently in 7th place with four wins from nine.
If Saints turn up with the attitude and application they have shown this weekend, then I can’t see past a dominant triumph by 20 points or more (9/4 at Betfred).
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