Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The current St Helens side has to be considered one of the most dominant professional Rugby League teams in the modern era.
For the past three seasons, they have been crowned Super League champions and did the double in 2021 when they beat the Castleford Tigers in the Challenge Cup final.
Heading into 2022 people have had their doubts over whether or not the Saints would be able to sustain their form and go on to win a fourth straight league title, a feat not achieved since 1993 when Wigan won the fourth of their eventual seven league titles in a row.
The doubters are currently being proven wrong as St Helens have commenced their title defence this season with relative ease, starting the year with five straight wins and a points differential of 128, having scored 156 points and averaging 31 points a match it’s really hard to imagine any other Super League team in the comp beating St Helens.
🙌 @MarkPercival22 straight from the scrum for @Saints1890…
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— England Rugby League (@England_RL) March 13, 2022
If their offense is not impressive enough, let’s look at their defence. In total, they have conceded just 28 points after five matches, averaging less than a try per match being scored against them.
St Helens are also the only team left in Super League with a 100% win-loss record and the team with the next best points differential is Huddersfield with 76.
Recruit from the NRL Will Hopoate has recently spoken to Sky Sports about the St Helens’ professionalism and the form displayed by his teammates.
“I was definitely expecting dedication and professionalism, and obviously you get that when you’re playing in an elite competition,” Hopoate said.
“I think I’ve been more surprised at how talented and humble the boys are.
“Someone like James Roby, he’s played for 19-odd years, done everything in the game, and he’s such a down-to-earth bloke you can have a chat with.”
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— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) March 13, 2022
Back-rower Sione Mata’utia is particularly having a good season and is currently leading the race for the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel award.
The next month or so will prove a real test for St Helens to maintain their dominance, the Super League gods will have to keep up the good run if they are indeed “true Gods”, for which we have no doubt.
To kick off the next round they face Toulouse, the newly promoted Super League team who are yet to win a game, with this matchup for Toulouse coming as their biggest test yet. It’s unfortunate for them they have to face a far superior side like St Helens who will no doubt embarrass them.
This truly looks to be another victorious year for the club and its fans to make some more history.
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