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Tads' Superleague XIV Preview - Part II
Posted by southstander on January 30 2009 - 07:37:59

Hat Trick?

By TadRhino

Yesterday we looked at seven teams who would be trying to upset the Champions in 2009 and today we consider the remaining six Superleague opposition as well as taking a look at the Rhinos chances for the season ahead.

Will it be Saints or Leeds left holding the trophy in October?

Part II of Tad Rhinos' season preview is here....

Hull KR

After a great first season last year was a season to consolidate and they did that well. Now they need to kick on and hit the play offs and make an impression. Cooke needs to sort himself out and if he does that will be a big boost to the Robins.

Verdict

The Robins need a big year and they need there big players like Dobson and Cooke to stand out. I can see them in the play offs but only at the bottom end. Like the Giants they need to sign more quality


Leeds Rhinos

The best squad in the league for me. The pack is superb but I think not signing a right centre could haunt the Rhinos at times. Buderus is a quality signing and will only help. Plenty of squad depth but the WCC will again be a distraction, albeit a nice one.

Verdict

Canít see Wembley for the boys but a definite top 2 finish and a GF appearance.


Salford Reds

Salford, like Celtic a tough season ahead. Ray Cashmere will give the pack a leader and a is tough as teak. However lack of quality in depth will mean a tough season.

Verdict

near the bottom finish for the reds but hopefully they will kick on in the coming seasons.


St. Helens

Even there own fans canít make there mind up. Key players Long and Cunningham are probably in their last season. Gilmore will be in the centres. Fozzard has gone but Puletua is a great signing. 1 to 18 and saints are great but after that itís nothing but academy players.

Verdict

If injuries bite then Saints could be in for a tough season. If they can stay fit and be consistent then itís another GF appearance. It wouldnít shock me to see Saints win the competition.... or finish 5th.


Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

Another side with a sprinkling of class players but not enough for them to compete at winning things. Brough and Rooney will create, they have a good pack and Blanch will finish things off. They just need a few more quality players and they could be a pretty good side.

Verdict

Will take some big scalps, especially at Wakey. A good mid table side but not good enough, or consistent enough, to challenge for honours.


Warrington Wolves

Where do you put the Wolves? Some classy players although I think they would be better without Briers. Not a team player and disrupts the play to much for me. Two or three quality players, and a quality coach, and they will be challenging for trophies. Perhaps when Tony Smith gets there they will kick on.

Verdict

Another inconsistent season, will beat Leeds and Saints at home, but will lose to poor teams at home. Possibly a good cup bet but 4th at best in the league.


Wigan Warriors

Wigan have the players to make a big challenge this season. However the half backs need sorting out, will Smith go or not?, and Noble needs to stop pretending to be an Aussie coach. Five drives and a kick, slowing down the play the ball, wrestling will only result in conceeding penalties (with some refs!).

Verdict

Wigan need to get off to a good start and if they do I can see them being close to a top 2 finish. A good bet for Wembley. A poor season though and itís bye bye Brian.


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