This is it the final hurdle to cross in order to get to Old Trafford and the Grand Final.|
These are our thoughts on the two semi finals.
SAINTS v. GIANTS
No surprise when the hosts announced they'd pick the lowest ranked team left in the draw at 'club call'.
A real tough encounter at KR expected this week not least because the visitors are the "Form team" of the comp. There will be a lot of emotion with it now definitely being the last game at KR, and a 5th consecutive GF appearance at stake for the plastic scousers.
I think the visitors will match the Saints in the pack but it's a question of them keeping their discipline and defence strong enough when Saints mount any pressure. I think this will be a highly entertaining game and the Giants will cause one or two scares, but the emotion of the night, and the prize at stake will give the hosts the edge.
The Giants had their game of the season last weekend when they caused the shock of the play-off by bundling the Wolves out of the competition. It was a stunning first half performance but as the game wore on Tony Smiths side looked more and more like they would snatch it at the last gasp. All credit to the Giants for holding on and a I hope that they can do themselves justice on friday night, but I doubt it.
Saints have been in this position so many times, and with Kyle Eastmond tipped for return, Cunninghams last game in-front of his home support, and the final curtain call for one of the legendary venues in the game I can only see one victor.
|rhinoms tips||Saints by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||Saints by 14|
|Average||Saints by 11|
RHINOS v. WARRIORS
A huge encounter expected at HQ this week.
Emotions will be running high after the last game at the Pie-Dome when we pipped them at the death. The visitors arrive as the favourites after finishing top and the hosts without two of their best players in Mcguire and Peacock.
A real battle royal in store and it will go down to the death and who can make their plays count. I expect both defences to be uncompromising and it could well come down to goal kicking again, we have Sir Kev who's been there seen it and done it and the pies have Richards who melted like soggy Kit-Kat last time out.
It will be rough, tough and 100mph these 2 really don't like each other and with a GF appearance at stake we will see if the Pies are the real deal or just all pastry and no filling.
Keep the faith my fellow Rhinos play-offs is "What we do".
The Rhinos soldiers who are still standing must be close to running on empty and I am not convinced that adrenaline and team spirit will be enough to get us through what promises to be an explosive encounter. Losing Danny McGuire is a massive blow for a side which has been dogged by injury all season. I suspect that Sinfield will drop to stand-off with Clarkson at the back of the pack but wouldn't be surprised to see Webb at stand-off and Lee Smith at full back as Scott Donald makes his curtain call.
There is no doubting that Wigan have been the team of the season, even Phil Clarke says so! The likely return of Paul Deacon could be as significant as our loss of McGuire and the two together are a double whammy for the Rhinos.
The lads, and coaching staff, seem to have been nurturing a seige mentality all week and it's worked for us in the past, I pray that it has the same effect this coming saturday teatime.
|rhinoms tips||Rhinos by 4|
|SouthStander.com tips||Warriors by 10|
|Average||Warriors by 3|
Enjoy the game and sing yer hearts out for the lads but do not get involved in anything unsavoury this is RL and make sure we welcome the visitors and get on at full time.
Thanks for reading.
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