British Rugby League Power Rankings: Top Clubs and Latest Performances

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Each week this season, Love Rugby League has been bringing its readers the Power Rankings, highlighting the top 10 clubs in the British game that are demonstrating the strongest momentum. These rankings are based solely on on-field performance, without any external factors influencing the order.

Across Super League, the Championship, and League 1, all 35 clubs are in contention for a spot in the top 10. This week’s rankings take into account the latest competitive matches, including the first nine rounds of Super League and the Challenge Cup, as well as the ongoing Championship and League 1 seasons.

10. Catalans Dragons (Down 4)

Despite sitting second in the Super League table, the Dragons’ disappointing 30-2 defeat at Leigh Leopards on Friday night saw them narrowly hold on to the final spot in the Power Rankings. Head coach Steve McNamara will be hoping this was merely a blip, as the French club is known for rarely delivering such a poor performance.

9. Workington Town (New Entry)

Cumbrian side Workington Town make their debut in the Power Rankings this week, having picked up four consecutive wins in League 1. Their 52-18 thrashing of Cornwall on Sunday showcased their impressive offensive prowess, with the team scoring 30 or more points in each of their last four matches.

8. Widnes Vikings (New Entry)

After an unfortunate loss to Featherstone Rovers last weekend, the Vikings have bounced back with an impressive 14-13 victory against the Bradford Bulls. Their ability to mount a late comeback, including a try from Joe Lyons and two crucial drop goals from Tom Gilmore, has seen them earn a spot in this week’s rankings.

7. St Helens (Up 2)

The defending champions may not have been at their best, but they ground out a 13-12 win over the Huddersfield Giants, thanks to a late drop goal from Jonny Lomax. Their determination to secure the victory, despite being behind for much of the match, showcases the resilience of Paul Wellens’ side.

6. Hull KR (Up 2)

The Robins made a strong statement with their 26-10 victory over the Wigan Warriors, bouncing back from their heavy defeat at the hands of the Catalans Dragons the previous week. Willie Peters’ team has now won six of their last seven matches across all competitions.

5. Wigan Warriors (Down 4)

The reigning world champions suffered a surprising 26-10 defeat at the hands of Hull KR, which was one of their poorest performances in a long time. However, Matt Peet’s side is expected to reclaim their momentum very quickly, given their impressive run of form over the past year.

4. Oldham (Up 6)

Oldham’s 44-16 win over the Midlands Hurricanes, in which they scored 30 unanswered points, highlights the Roughyeds’ strong start to the League 1 season. Sean Long’s team has now won all five of their league matches so far.

3. Sheffield Eagles (Down 1)

Despite being dropped one place, the Sheffield Eagles continue to impress, having won all six of their Championship games and keeping their opponents scoreless in their last two matches. Mark Aston’s side will be eyeing a trip to Wembley when the 1895 Cup semi-finals come around.

2. Keighley Cougars (Up 5)

The Cougars have picked up six wins in League 1, placing them second in the table behind Oldham. Matt Foster’s team has shown resilience, even when facing a rare stumble, as evidenced by their 42-30 victory over Rochdale Hornets.

1. Wakefield Trinity (Up 3)

Retaining the top spot in the Power Rankings, Wakefield Trinity have been dominating the Championship so far, with their latest win coming against Toulouse Olympique. Daryl Powell’s side will face a tough test this Friday night as they travel to take on the second-placed Sheffield Eagles.

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