Here are my thoughts on this weeks fixtures.|
DRAGONS v. WILDCATS
Both teams go into this fixture lacking confidence and form.
The home team put in a decent shift mid-week against the Tiggers and matched
them try for try, so that should give them a lift.
For "twitchy" Kear and his puddy cats they are looking to bounce back from
another good hiding and prove it's not only the Rhinos encounters they get
It's a tough one to call Walters will want some wins asap to build momentum
and confidence before the CC in august and Wakey will be desperate to
rekindle their top 8 dreams.
I actually think that Wakey are shot and the Dragons will scrape a morale
boosting 2 points.
Dragons by 8.
|rhinoms tips||Dragons by 8|
|Number 2 tips||Wildcats by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||Wildcats by 6|
|Average||Wildcats by 2|
BULLS v. WOLVES
Another good hiding in prospect for the Grattan land fill residents.
The hosts are further hindered by the news that big money investment Orford
is out for season with a shoulder injury (either that or he's crying for
Mummy and wants to go home).
The visitors are still finding wins and even if their M.O.M last week Ian
smith isn't present they should have too much for the host who's defence
resembles an Italian infantry brigade.
More woe for hosts and their glutton for punishment few.
Wire by 18.
|rhinoms tips||Wolves by 18|
|Number 2 tips||Wolves by 16|
|SouthStander.com tips||Wolves by 14|
|Average||Wolves by 16|
GIANTS v. FC
A real battle royal in prospect at the Galpharm both teams see themselves as
"contenders" and this should be one of the games of the weekend.
The hosts did well in defeat last week against the scousers but lost their
no.1 back-rower in Fa'alongo so he'll take some replacing.
The visitors sail into town on the back of some decent wins and Stig pulling
the strings they are looking ok although they've hardly beaten any of the
I expect the hosts to have too much up front for the coach popeye and his
sponge bob cast.
Giants by 10.
|rhinoms tips||Giants by 10|
|Number 2 tips||FC by 6|
|SouthStander.com tips||Giants by 6|
|Average||Giants by 3|
REDS v. TIGERS
This is a battle of the also rans across the border.
Coach McRae will be confident his team can take the spoils against an
average Tigger team.
The visitors arrive after scraping a win against the fireless Dragons but
there are doubts over Shentons fitness and without a recognized seven they are
I think the Reds will have too much for mMttersons hillbillies and no
"cotton eye joe" to be sung on the wagon trail home.
Reds by 10.
|rhinoms tips||Reds by 10|
|Number 2 tips||Reds by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||Reds by 6|
|Average||Reds by 8|
KR v. QUINS
Both teams go into this fixture on the back of defeats.
For the hosts they came up short against a Smith inspired Wire outfit whilst
the rainbow brights were getting a beating from the decimated Rhinos and
their "young guns".
Coach Morgan will be hoping his team keep their discipline this week even
though they had some shocking calls from the whistle blower and he could yet
be down a few quid as a result of his outburst.
For the Quins they will be hoping the defeat against the champs is just a
blip and they can get back to winning ways although I think they'll come up
Robins by 7.
|rhinoms tips||KR by 7|
|Number 2 tips||KR by 12|
|SouthStander.com tips||KR by 14|
|Average||KR by 11|
RHINOS v. CRUSADERS
The Champs return to HQ after avoiding a huge banana skin last week.
This week Nobbys mis-fit and discarded taffs are in town and we all know
he'll have then fired up for the challenge.
The visitors are arriving on the back of a big win against the Bradford
laughing stock but traveling to HQ is a different proposition.
The Mighty Champs will welcome back a host of quality and although not at
full strength they should put on a show and dispatch the visitors.
Rhinos by 22.
|rhinoms tips||Rhinos by 22|
|Number 2 tips||Rhinos by 26|
|SouthStander.com tips||Rhinos by 22|
|Average||Rhinos by 23|
WARRIORS v. SAINTS
A big derby match to wrap up the weekend and these two will be desperate to
take the points.
For the Pies they will be hoping to cement top spot and get another win
against their bitter rivals.
For Cunningham and his Brookside extras they will be looking to avenge their
defeat at KR earlier in the year and bring the Pie faithful back to earth.
A tough game in prospect and hard to call but Saints are missing some
quality and I think the spoiling tactics of the pies will be too much.
Pies by 8.
|rhinoms tips||Warriors by 8|
|Number 2 tips||Warriors by 4|
|SouthStander.com tips||Saints by 6|
|Average||Warriors by 2|
Thanks for reading and enjoy the games.
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