Despite the huge news that Sir Kevin Sinfield has announced his departure from the Rhinos at the end of the year we still have the Easter weekend & Good Friday Derbies to look forward to.|
Here are this weeks round 8 previews.
FC v. KR
First up it’s the “Cod Wars” pt1 when the B&W’S welcome their neighbours the Robins to the KC stadium on Thursday.
After their 5th loss of the season the hosts find themselves in the bottom 2 albeit just 2 points behind their bitter rivals and a top 8 berth so the stakes are high.
The visitors have played some really good RL thus far none more so whilst defeating Wigan and last week the previously unbeaten ST’s so they will arrive in confident mood.
Form generally goes out of the window during big derby fixtures come around but confidence is still very much a key factor and I think the visitors hold the Aces in that department.
Expect plenty of fireworks and no doubt some controversy but I think it’s the Red Red Robin that will be chirping at full time.
KR by 9.
|rhinoms tips||KR by 9|
|SouthStander.com tips||KR by 4|
|Average||KR by 7|
WILDCATS v. DRAGONS
After the Broncos were relegated along the Bulls these 2 were given the task of facing each other and playing in 1 of 2 “non-derbies” of the round.
The hosts sit bottom but only a point behind the Dragons with both teams on a losing run.
It may not be a derby or even a natural rivalry but the stakes are high for both teams ambitions to avoid the “bottom 4/middle 8” come the seasons end.
This is a genuine 50/50 game to call both are capable of winning and playing some good RL although on paper the visitors have the stronger team/squad.
In fact I’ve changed my mind twice already on who to tip for the win but im going for a home win just for the fact that the Dragons just don’t travel well and add in their current overall poor form I think it’s a home win.
Wakey by 10.
|rhinoms tips||Wildcats by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Dragons by 6|
|Average||Wildcats by 2|
VIKINGS v. WOLVES
Both teams were well beaten last week but the hosts were awful and made the Devils look like a top 4 NRL team whereas the Wire were kicked to death by Mono-Brow Brough.
The lack of quality and squad depth is again exposed for the Vikings on their current form but bizarrely they are still only 1 point outside the top 8 whereas the visitors have dropped to 4th and 4 points off the top 2 spots.
The visitors tend to respond well to defeat and certainly have more than enough quality to take the spoils but they have been beaten against the odds by the Vikings before so will arrive Weary of that threat.
The hosts have a good recent history of defying the odds to beat Wire but its all they have and I think Tony Smiths men will just be too strong.
Wire by 14.
|rhinoms tips||Wolves by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Wolves by 22|
|Average||Wolves by 18|
TIGERS v. RHINOS
The Blue n Amber head a couple of miles down the road to the Jungle leading the comp but still with improvement needed across the board.
Although they sit in 7th the Tigers are struggling for consistency and can’t seem to get the momentum they had in 2014 going thus far but they will see this a good chance to get their 2015 challenge up and running.
Despite the standings on the SL table this could be a really tough game for the visitors the hosts always give that little bit more when the big City neighbours visit.
I think it will be a cracking game with plenty of big hits ,skill and pace on show but I think the Rhinos will be too strong and exploit the hosts out wide.
Rhinos by 14.
|rhinoms tips||Rhinos by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Rhinos by 6|
|Average||Rhinos by 10|
GIANTS v. DEVILS
This is the 2nd of the 2 non-derbies as the resurgent Giants welcome the improving Devils.
The hosts sit 3rd but are only a point in front of the 6th placed visitors.
Both sides go into this on the back of convincing wins last week so confidence won’t be lacking in either camp but it is a big test for Devils going to one of the challengers for honours.
With Brough leading the way you’d expect to see the hosts comfortably amongst the top 5 minimum but they have shown they can be beaten when they are off the pace.
I think the Devils will make it competitive for an hour or so and indeed score points but I think defensively they still have issues which the hosts will exploit & be too strong securing a convincing win.
Giants by 16.
|rhinoms tips||Giants by 16|
|SouthStander.com tips||Giants by 14|
|Average||Giants by 16|
SAINTS v. WARRIORS
The defending Champs finally lost top spot and their unbeaten record last week so they will be desperate to bounce back and beat their fiercest rivals when they visit Langtree Park.
The Pies were convincing 50point winners last week albeit against the bottom team missing a number of their 1st choice 13.
This is the first meeting after that explosive Grand Final last year when we saw the pure “shit-house” within the Pies DNA come to the fore which the ST’s overcame to secure the Trophy.
I’d expect plenty of fireworks (many illegal) but the winner will be the team who remains the most composed just like the outcome of the GF.
I think it will be a fast paced no holds barred War but I think home advantage just swings it the ST’s way but of course “Smiler” Wane will have us believe his mob are the bestest unluckiest team in the land.
ST’s by 4.
|rhinoms tips||Saints by 4|
|SouthStander.com tips||Saints by 12|
|Average||Saints by 8|
If you are travelling to a game have a safe journey and enjoy the action.
Thanks for reading.