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...................when we are all eagerly anticipating the season to come. Have we strengthened the team sufficiently this year, have W, Y or Z recruited better or worse than us this season, was XX's 2021 season a flash-in-the-pan or an aberration? Every club will be confident of consolidating the progress that they have made/ doing better than last year/aiming for the playoffs/confident of promotion to SL this time. But how do we think the league will shape up in 2022? Now that most recruitment is complete this is the time to stick our necks out with some predictions.

I will kick off with mine:

1. Featherstone

2. Leigh

3. Halifax

4. Bradford

5. York

6. Newcastle

7. Widnes

8. Batley

9. Dewsbury

10. Whitehaven

11. Sheffield

12. Barrow

13. London

14. Workington

The top three will probably be most people's forecast with only the order being up for discussion.

Bradford and York have recruited well and both have good coaches together with owners who will be demanding success this season.

Newcastle, Widnes and Batley are solid and well coached whilst being FT this season should benefit the north-easterners.

You can almost throw a blanket over the next four with injuries, weather and luck playing its usual part. I think that Sheffield's recruitment has been quite ordinary but they might get a new ground bounce, they have a very favourable set of fixtures and Tubby has the knack of conjuring performances out of limited sides. I think that Whitehaven will struggle to repeat last year's success but could also benefit from reduced travelling demands.

I expect Barrow to do better out of the promoted teams although both they and Workington will also have an advantage from reduced travelling demands. Workington have struggled to make a dent in the market, limited by both finance and geography, whilst I see London as a bit of a basket case at present.

As always these are predictions made with the dis-benefit of foresight, with no guarantees of accuracy being offered. Use them as the basis of wagers at your own risk - no liability will be accepted.

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Sport, amongst other things, is a dream-world offering escape from harsh reality and the disturbing prospect of change.

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Widnes looked better than Bradford, but with Lilly back and the 3 Rhinos, who knows. As long as we are competitive and entertaining, I don't really care where we finish  providing is isn't in the bottom two and Dewsbury are gazing up our backside as usual 😉 

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My forecasting is rubbish, but I will offer my two penn’orth. 
 

1 Featherstone 

2 Leigh

3 York

4 Halifax 

5 Widnes

6 Bradford 

7 Batley

8 Newcastle 

9 Dewsbury 

10 Whitehaven 

11 Barrow 

11 London

12 Sheffield 

14 Workington

 

From that, you could switch the pairs from 1 to 10 around, leaving the bottom four to sort themselves out because they seem the ones more likely to upset each other (and the odd one above).

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4 minutes ago, Wakefield Ram said:

My hope for this season is that we are nearer the play offs than relegation.

I don’t care where we finish as long as we provide more entertainment than the last few years. 

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Here beginneth the first lesson: and lo it came to pass that the good lord saw fit to bestow his goodness on the uncouth Leythers as the primary team, followed therein by the Rovers of the Feath; then the Chemics, Fax and the Castle New; He saw fit to pronounce the fair York next in line, and indulged with his loyal supplicant to ensure the beloved Rams be considered 7th mightiest team and lo the humble Bulldogs cried yea in fear of the retribution tho they followed but a short distance behind. Ye Bulls flatter to deceive next, then the first of the north west stalwarts known as the Haven. The proud men of Barrow follow and then the southern nomads, then the bitter rivals of said Haven with the steel city finally running out of luck to prop up the rest. Here endeth the first lesson.

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22 hours ago, NickD said:

I don’t care where we finish as long as we provide more entertainment than the last few years. 

Does that include bottom, Nick?

Sport, amongst other things, is a dream-world offering escape from harsh reality and the disturbing prospect of change.

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48 minutes ago, Blind side johnny said:

Does that include bottom, Nick?

It does indeed.  I think I might have mentioned it several 100 times already but a season of winning (🤞) a few games in league one would be a nice change from crapping  yourself all season whilst simultaneously watching the one man stuff.  

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