Rugby League Live Power Rankings as new club takes top spot

10 North Wales Crusaders

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It’s going to take some effort to get past Barrow and Workington in the race for promotion to the Championship – but North Wales are making people sit up and notice!

They are now fourth in League 1 after another win at the weekend. Covid-19 put paid to their game against Doncaster the previous week, but after a win against Hunslet in mid-July, the Crusaders returned to the field in style, picking up another win, this time against West Wales.

Is there a Welsh revolution afoot?

9 Wigan Warriors

Down 1

It was a mixed week for Wigan, in truth.

Following a difficult period for Adrian Lam’s side, they are at least getting key players back at a crucial period of the season.

Their latest win, a comfortable victory against local rivals Leigh Centurions, further solidified their place inside the Super League play-offs. But that came off the back of a disappointing loss to Warrington last Wednesday.

However, with the likes of John Bateman now fit, there is cause for cautious optimism again at the DW Stadium.

8 Leeds Rhinos

Down 2

Richard Agar’s side have had a mixed week.

A strong win against Hull FC on Thursday, as the Rhinos fought back to win 22-12, was offset on Sunday evening with a narrow defeat to Warrington.

However, with Hull KR slipping up on Monday evening, the door is very much ajar for Leeds to muscle their way into the play-off mix as the final months of the season approach.

7 Warrington Wolves

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Steve Price’s side are on the march in Super League!

Following a mixed start to 2021, Warrington now look to be hitting some form as the business end of the season approaches.

The last week alone has seen them pick up two impressive wins. On Wednesday, they were worthy winners against Wigan Warriors, before backing that up on Sunday evening with a dramatic 27-26 win against in-form Leeds Rhinos at Headingley.

Are the Wire genuine title contenders?

6 Barrow Raiders

Down 2

Through no fault of their own, Barrow drop two places this week.

The Cumbrian side remain atop of League 1 with nine wins from their first eleven games, but their eagerly-anticipated Cumbrian derby with Workington Town was unfortunately called off on Sunday.

However, they still look the team to beat in the third tier.

5 Keighley Cougars

Up 2

The League 1 promotion race is certainly getting interesting.

With Workington and Barrow’s Cumbrian derby called off on Sunday due to Covid-19 issues, Keighley took their chance to keep up the heat on the leading pack with another impressive win.

This time, they travelled across the Pennines and picked up a commanding 42-20 win against Rochdale Hornets to remain in the top five.

Could they come through the pack and push for promotion to the Championship?

4 Featherstone Rovers

Down 3

The Championship took centre stage on Sunday as the top two both put their unbeaten runs on the line.

However, despite a crowd of over 4,000 fans cheering them on, it was Featherstone who suffered their first league defeat of the season, as Toulouse cemented their position at the top of the table.

It means James Webster’s side drop down three places in our rankings this week – but you can be sure they’ll bounce back!

3 Toulouse Olympique

Up 2

Can anyone halt the charge of the Championship leaders?

Toulouse look to be on a one-way trip to Super League, a point that was further reinforced on Sunday when they ended Featherstone’s unbeaten start to the new season.

Sylvain Houles’ side look to be comfortable at the summit, and they are now surely undisputed favourites to come through the play-offs and earn their place in Super League for the first time in their history.

2 Halifax Panthers

Up 1

The Panthers are on the charge!

Simon Grix’s side are one of the form sides in the entire country at present, and they made it eight consecutive wins with a nerve-jangling victory against Bradford Bulls on Sunday afternoon.

In a thrilling West Yorkshire derby, a late try from James Saltonstall snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and ensured that the Panthers solidified their place inside the Championship’s top three.

The play-offs now looks to be a guarantee for Halifax later this year.

1 Catalans Dragons

Up 1

Allez Les Dracs!

The Super League leaders are the side who finally dethrone Featherstone at the top of our rankings, after continuing their incredible form in the league over the weekend.

Catalans were comfortable winners against Wakefield Trinity in Perpignan on Thursday, before backing that up with another victory, this time coming to England on Monday night and returning home with a narrow win against Hull Kingston Rovers.

Can anyone stop Steve McNamara’s side from claiming a first League Leaders’ Shield?

YorkshireLive – Halifax