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rhinoms Superleague XVII Previews - Round 1
Posted by southstander on February 02 2012 - 05:07:53

by rhinoms

After a sensational 2011, which saw pre-season favourites Warrington end the season with nowt but the hub cap, and the Rhinos shock the rugby league world by picking up the Superleague trophy for a fifth time from fifth spot, we're all back on the starting grid ready for the 2011 race.

As ever we've got our weekly previews from rhinoms to look forward to, and we start with round one, the round of the inexplicable SKY picks!

Read more here....

Finally we are back and the 1st round of the new season starts this weekend. A new season, new grounds, some new stars and brand new optimism for the year ahead.

As we start the new season we find out that the RFL having learned from their failed Welsh investment, have gone into the outside amenities market by purchasing a big outside toilet in Bradford!!

Here are my thoughts on the upcoming fixtures.

Rhinos v. KR

The defending Champs start at HQ against a Rovers team under new Management but still a squad lacking depth which will be exposed by the missing Green and Galea.

The Blue 'n' Amber start the "dawn of a new era" with stalwarts like Senior and Big Ali not at the club.

What we do have is as a youthful, exciting back line with the potential to set the SL alight and also we could have the surprise package and bargain of the year in Moore who has shone more than his bonce in pre-season.

With preparations for the visit of Manly underway it's crucial the team starts well and on the same page and all the signs thus far are positive. Expect the usual early season battle type effort from the visitors but the home team look too sharp.

A hard fought home win leaving new coach Sandercock swimming with his fishes.

Rhinos by 14.

rhinoms tipsRhinos by 14
SouthStander.com tipsRhinos by 22
AverageRhinos by 18

VIKINGS v. WILDCATS

We welcome a sleeping Giant back into the SL fold with the return of the Vikings.

This is also the opener for the new SKY coverage (scratches head). Both teams will enter this game hoping that their new look teams can gel early and get a confidence boosting 2 pts on the board.

Both teams have over-hauled their squads in big numbers with the sprinkling of ageing quality, some potential and of course the usual journymen. 2 Coaches with a point to prove for more or less the same reason that they are capable of coaching in SL and doing it well.

Unfortunately both clubs Achilles heel are their respective coaches. A fiery encounter and hopefully an entertaining one but not a happy start for the hosts.

Wakey by 10.

rhinoms tipsWildcats by 10
SouthStander.com tipsWildcats by 4
AverageWildcats by 7

BRONCOS v. SAINTS

A new start and a new name for the London franchise who revert to their "Broncos" label and also intend on taking games away from their union base. A tricky start for our GF whipping boys as we all know the hosts do tend to start the season well.

I can see some decent additions to the hosts squad especially the arrivals from NRL premiers Manly but it doesn't shore up the other areas of weakness within the squad.

For the plastic scouser it's gonna be a test to see if they'll miss the "KFC" kid and who they expect to step up.

The new young Scouse Chavs should have too much for the hosts but expect them to be tested.

ST's by 14.

rhinoms tipsSaints by 14
SouthStander.com tipsSaints by 32
AverageSaints by 23

REDS v. TIGERS

Both teams have a new Coach and the hosts open their new ground in front of the Saturday Sky cameras (scratches head).

The wagon train arrives and there's a new Sherriff in town for the Walton boys to listen to and it's Basil (lock up your cheerleaders) Millward.

Both squads lack depth but at least the visitors have some good youth to call upon who been 1 yr wiser should be good enough to at least challenge for the top 8 again.

I expect the hosts to repeat last years efforts the odd good result but more woe than joy.

It could be a decent game but the home side don't look good enough to me (so watch them win by 20+).

Cas by 10.

rhinoms tipsTigers by 10
SouthStander.com tipsTigers by 6
AverageTigers by 8

BULLS v. DRAGONS

The Dragons are the 1st visitors to the RFL's big new shiny outside crapper.

The hosts have again brought in a number of new players, of course the locals are again optimistic (gluttons for punishment) and they also have the novelty of 2 Captains!!

The visitors really did well once they got round to coach Robinsons way of thinking and the Generals of Bosc and Durieu leading them around they will be a threat again.

The hosts will again lose more than they win but expect the odd "fluke" and the usual sound-bites from Potter the mouse.

A clash that could have some niggle after last years meeting and Ferriols "shoulder tickle".

The visitors will be Too big and too strong for the hosts this week.

Dragons by 16.

rhinoms tipsDragons by 16
SouthStander.com tipsDragons by 8
AverageDragons by 12

FC v. WOLVES

Last seasons (cough splutter) cho....league leaders return from pre-season down under and visit Cods-ville.

The hosts were bouyent after destroying a pathetic Dulls in Radfords testimonial and will be hoping to net an opening game win.

The visitors arrive without Fatty-mona who broke his leg doing a bleep test on they way to Greggs.

The hosts did well against the Wolves last year and will be confident but TS and his ageing team will be wounded after last years Play-Off exit. This could be a cracking game and has "SKY" surely written all over it....no (scratches head).

A real battle in prospect and a close game but the visitors just have that bit more bite.

Wire by 8.

rhinoms tipsWolves by 8
SouthStander.com tipsWolves by 14
AverageWolves by 11

WARRIORS v. GIANTS

Potentially the game of the round at the Pie-Dome this week and surely a game for SKY!!......no (Scratches head).

The Giants arrive in Pie land already under an injury cloud missing props, back-rowers and looking patched up.

The hosts start their new season under a new regime with Maguire wrestled away down under and replaced by his assistant Wane.

Both teams will be hoping for a GF push this year and of course the crustys will have their own Sky cheerleading team for Rat-boy and his chums.

The visitors would have a much better chance with even half their 1st choice FR and BR but the hosts also have been weakened by Hoffman's departure and the arrival of SL pudding extraordinaire Luaki.

A tough game for both teams but the [pies will have too much pastry in the pack.

Pies by 10.

rhinoms tipsWarriors by 10
SouthStander.com tipsWarriors by 8
AverageWarriors by 9

If you are traveling to game have a safe journey and visitors to HQ be aware of the Road/Gas works in and around Headingley on the Cricket pavillion side of the ground.

Thanks for reading.

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