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23 Jun 2022

Betfred Women's Super League Preview | June 23

Betfred Women's Super League Preview | June 23

The latest round of action in the Betfred Women’s Super League gets underway tonight with a repeat of the 2022 Challenge Cup final as St Helens host Leeds Rhinos live on Sky Sports.

The fixture is part of a double header, as the women kick-off at 5:30 PM, while the St Helens and Leeds men get underway at 8:00 PM.

St Helens will be looking to record their second victory against Leeds this season, after their 18-8 victory in the Challenge Cup final at Elland Road.

The fixture will be only the third league match of the season for St Helens. St Helens started the season with a 44-0 victory over Wigan Warriors with England international Amy Hardcastle scoring a brace. The Saints will be looking to bounce back in the league after suffering a 13-6 defeat against league leaders, York City Knights a month ago.

Just like St Helens, this will be Leeds’ third league fixture of the season. The Rhinos got their league campaign underway in impressive fashion with a 12 try rout against Huddersfield Giants. Courtney Winfield-Hill and Sam Hulme both scored twice, while Fran Goldthrop crossed for a hat-trick in the 60-4 victory. In their second fixture, Leeds suffered a 24-10 defeat away at York.

Elsewhere in Group 1, Wigan Warriors host York City Knights at Robin Park on Sunday afternoon with kick-off at 2 PM.

The Warriors suffered an opening round defeat to St Helens, however, have since bounced back with a 30-18 success over Huddersfield Giants in their last fixture.

York have impressed so far this season and are the only club in Group 1 who have won all their fixtures. An opening round 50-6 win away at Huddersfield has since been followed up with home victories over St Helens and Leeds. 

In Group 2, Bradford Bulls host current league leaders Warrington Wolves at Odsal with kick-off at 5:15 PM. The fixture is part of a double header with the men, who face Dewsbury Rams.

After suffering an opening round defeat at home to Featherstone Rovers, Shaun Flynn’s side have responded well with success over Leigh Miners Rangers, Wakefield Trinity and Castleford Tigers.

Meanwhile, Warrington have impressed so far in Group 2. Since their 32-6 victory away at Barrow, Lee Westwood’s side have not conceded a single point with an 86-0 victory at home against Wakefield has since been followed up by a 48-0 success away at Featherstone. 

Another double header will take place in Group 2, as Featherstone host Leigh Miners. The fixture will get underway at midday (12 PM) at Featherstone’s Millennium Stadium with the men following with their clash with Batley Bulldogs.

Rovers sit second in the table with three wins from their four matches. After losing to away at Warrington, Featherstone have bounced back with a 54-10 home win over Wakefield in their most recent fixture.

After being promoted to the Betfred Women’s Super League this year, Leigh Miners began life in Super League with a success over Wakefield. Since then, Leigh Miners have suffered three defeats, however, two of those defeats were by narrow margins with a 12-8 loss away at Bradford’s Odsal Stadium and most recently a 14-8 home defeat against Barrow.

The final fixture of Group 2 sees Barrow Raiders host Castleford Tigers at Barrow’s Craven Park at 2 PM on Sunday.

After losing their first league fixture at home to Warrington, Barrow have recorded back-to-back victories with over Leigh Miners both home and away. In the home fixture, Raiders comprehensively beat Leigh 40-6, however, it was more of a test when they travelled to Leigh with the contest finishing 14-8 in favour of the visitors.

Castleford will be looking to secure their first victory of the Betfred Women’s Super League season. The Tigers started their league season off with a 56-6 defeat to local rivals, Featherstone Rovers. Since then, Castleford have travelled to Bradford, where they were defeated 52-0.

Betfred Women’s Super League fixtures

Group 1

Thursday:

  • St Helens v Leeds Rhinos – 5:30 PM – live on Sky Sports 

Sunday:

  • Wigan Warriors v York City Knights – 2:00 PM 

Group 2

Sunday:

  • Featherstone Rovers v Leigh Miners Rangers – 12:00 PM
  • Barrow Raiders v Castleford Tigers – 2:00 PM
  • Bradford Bulls v Warrington Wolves – 5:15 PM