The Super League is England’s premier Rugby League competition, comprising teams from England as well as the Catalan Dragons from France. The competition has been known as the Super League since 1996, when it also switched from a winter to summer season.
This season will see a reduction in the number of teams from 14 to 12, while the play-offs will also now only be contested by the top four, rather than the previous, slightly ridiculous system that saw anyone in the top eight get a shot at the title.
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St Helens finished top of the regular season table and then breezed through the play-offs, eventually beating Wigan 14-6 in the grand final.
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First round fixtures
Widnes Vikings v Wigan Warriors
THU 5 FEB 20:00 (LOCAL) Select Security Stadium, Widnes
St Helens v Catalan Dragons
FRI 6 FEB 20:00 (LOCAL) Langtree Park, St Helens
Warrington Wolves v Salford Red Devils
SAT 7 FEB 15:00 (LOCAL) The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
Huddersfield Giants v Hull FC
SUN 8 FEB 15:00 (LOCAL) The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield
Hull KR v Leeds Rhinos
SUN 8 FEB 15:00 (LOCAL) Craven Park , Hull
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Wildcats
SUN 8 FEB 15:30 (LOCAL) Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford
So who will be crowned champions this year? Here are the bookies’ odds, according to Oddschecker:
Wigan Warriors: 3/1
St Helens: 7/2
Catalan Dragons: 12/1
Good luck with your picks this season!