As the season progresses injuries and suspensions start to bite, it can really affect the quality of what is put in front of the fans. With that in mind round nineteen arrives and I am your third tipper of the season (I remember I was good at tipping once, it was back in the summer of 2006).|
As this is a Leeds site I expect to be kicked back to the boards next week no matter how well I do, letís see who gets stabbed in the dark this week:
FC v. DRAGONS
Both these sides ended a run of some kind last time out because of a second half fight back. Neither managed that 80 minute performance last week and both coaches will want an improvement from their players. Hull FC results have looked good since their back to back games against the Rhinos and a Top 4 finish is still in their hands.
Perhaps the Black and Whites had their minds on testing fixtures to come last week but their focus should be regained after tough defeat at the Giants. The Catalans do not travel well and their defence is still leaking points, they have a Challenge cup semi final to build up to but that is too far away for them to have peaked already, with nothing to fear from finishing bottom the league is just a training run for them.
A boosting win for FC cementing Catalans at the bottom.
FC by 16.
|hopie tips||FC by 16|
|Number 2 tips||FC by 20|
|SouthStander.com tips||FC by 14|
|Average||FC by 16|
SAINTS v. REDS
I read on the boards that Wigan are the best Super dooper team in the land so the Saints must be particularly mighty at the moment to beat them on their own patch. A similar tail of revenge for an earlier season defeat is on the cards here.
Saints have lost to the Reds this season and last but a defeat at Cas makes me give little chance for Salford to bring about another shock. A nice run out for the Saints in the build up to next weekís game.
Saints looking up the table, Reds looking down Saints by 28.
|hopie tips||Saints by 28|
|Number 2 tips||Saints by 26|
|SouthStander.com tips||Saints by 22|
|Average||Saints by 25|
GIANTS v. KR
The Giants made the cup final last year, if they are to make the step up in the league they need to start their run soon, last weeks win over Hull could be the start of another false dawn for the Giants. A victory to Nil for the giants earlier in the season showed a gap in the defensive quality of the teams and I would expect that to be key again.
Could be a very busy day for Mr Bentham if the Robins performances of late continue and the Giants havenít been the cleanest the last couple of years. Whoever wins the wrestle and avoids the referees whistle should leave victorious.
Back to Back Humberside Scalps for the Giants.
Giants by 12.
|hopie tips||Giants by 12|
|Number 2 tips||Giants by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Giants by 8|
|Average||Giants by 11|
QUINS v. WARRIORS
The Pies are top of the league, you may not have noticed because they donít like to talk about it. Luckily you donít play the best teams every week and winning these kind of games is the reason they are still at the summit of the table. Logic puts them down as dead certs to win, the Quins having failed to trouble the Rhinos reserve squad at home just two weeks ago and even Saint Steve shouldnít change that.
We can be certain that the Wigan fans wonít be throwing any Vuvuzelas this week but they should not have any reason to throw anything this week.
Good sides donít lose two in a row.
Warriors by 24.
|hopie tips||Warriors by 24|
|Number 2 tips||Warriors by 20|
|SouthStander.com tips||Warriors by 12|
|Average||Warriors by 19|
CRUSADERS v. WILDCATS
The question is who cares? A fight between the also-rans, the bottom six who have formed their own mini league without a prize.
Wrexham FC are certainly Nobleís side, spoiling and niggling their way to a victory at HQ and walking over a very poor Bulls performance the week before. Based on their ability to bring out the worst in their opponents and Wakefieldís inability to maintain a massive lead in the South of France there is only one outcome I can predict.
New South Wales boys to take the lead in the battle for ninth spot.
Crusaders by 10.
|hopie tips||Crusaders by 10|
|Number 2 tips||Crusaders by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Crusaders by 8|
|Average||Crusaders by 9|
TIGERS v. BULLS
An old style ground that they want to get rid of, an oddly shaped pitch, always play better against Leeds than they do against other teams and so much better but a few years ago. Which team am I talking about again?
Could the Bulls be the new Cas? They will struggle without their star player and a quality half back has yet to be seen fit to replace his influence. Cas have won their last two against the two worse sides in the competition, continuing their run is only possible if the Bulls fail to show up again and make that the three worst teams. I have no idea if they will so toss a coin time, it will be more influential than Englandís new leader.
|hopie tips||Bulls by 6|
|Number 2 tips||Tigers by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||Bulls by 8|
|Average||Bulls by 2|
WOLVES v. RHINOS
Saving the best Ďtil last and the Sky cameras will be joining us on a trip to the 'Wolfs'. Both teams were below par last week and when I say below par I of course mean Leeds were bloody rubbish. There were plenty of better performing players in London and it will be interesting who turns out on Sunday and how they perform, a repeat will mean a further defeat for the boys in Blue and Amber.
Tipping the Wolves has been historically difficult but SS.com Hall of famer Mr Smith has made them a little bit more consistent. The next step forward is a victory against one of their biggest rivals making it important for Leeds to win the game and hold on to that psychological edge for later meetings. Leeds have played best in their bigger games this year and every week the fixtures are getting more important to those championship chances.
Hoping for a cheery but long trip home for your guest tipper Rhinos by 8.
|hopie tips||Rhinos by by 8|
|Number 2 tips||Wolves by 12|
|SouthStander.com tips||Wolves by 8|
|Average||Wolves by 4|
See you there!
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