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rhinoms Superleague XVI Previews - Round 2
Posted by southstander on February 16 2011 - 08:43:57

by rhinoms

We were both shocked by wins for the Crusaders and the 'Quins and neither of us thought that you'd be unable to separate Wigan and Saints.

On that basis, not the best of starts to our seasons predictions. Hopefully our crystal ball gazing will be a bot better this week.

Read more here....

After an eventful weekend in Cardiff we start the grind of the week-to-week fixtures in SL.

Here are my thoughts on the upcoming games.

FC v. RHINOS

The Rhinos travel across the M62 to Codsville this week on the back of a great comeback from 18 points down against the Dulls.

The visitors will be looking for a vast improvement in kick defence and hope to be more "on the money" with ball in hand plus they'll be boosted by the availability of new boy Hauraki who will add to our threat out-wide.

For the Hosts "Woe is us" Agar will hope for a much better effort from his "Trawler waste" and "shell shocked" squad after imploding against the Red side of Cods-ville.

They look to be without Radford who no-doubt would have loved to be available after his "cowardly" act last year effectively ended any hope of a black and white impact on the play-offs.

The Rhinos will be even more determined after a sketchy effort last week and although the hosts will be "shelled up" ready to go the Blue 'n' Amber charge will be way too much.

Rhinos by 14.

rhinoms tipsRhinos by 14
SouthStander.com tipsRhinos by 10
AverageRhinos by 12

REDS v. SAINTS

Already the "fat controller" Mcrae is feeling the pressure after spending big pre-season and getting a good hiding in Cardiff.

This isn't "must win" yet but he must have a sweat on after how poor his new look Reds out-fit performed.

Already missing two of his first choice back-rowers in Anderson and Bailey this week he loses "cheap shot" Godwin for his act of cowardice.

He will be hoping the return of messrs Cashmere and Boyle can boost their battered pack and that "space hopper" fatty-av-u-seen-her can do longer than 10 minute spells.

For the Scousers they did what they do best last week and "stole" a result against the Pies although seeing Wilkin crying was quality after Lima had "KFC'd" HIM.

This week the "Hub-cap" collectors are further depleted by injuries to Wellens and "I'm not a cry baby" Strawberry blonde Graham.

Still no "hide 'n'seek" champ Pryce so time for "Mcvities" Eastmond to step up and match Robys endeavor although they'll have too much for the "thrown together" Reds.

Saints by 16.

rhinoms tipsSaints by 16
SouthStander.com tipsSaints by 24
AverageSaints by 20

DRAGONS v. WILDCATS

What a nightmare start to the season for both these teams but for very different reasons.

The visitors showed heart, desire and some decent skill in defeat against Cas but whilst still in administration their thread-bare squad has yet again been decimated by the fire-sale of Obst, Ferguson and the as yet unconfirmed sale of Millard.

If ever John Kear needed some luck, now is the time and although what he has left of a squad will give their all it's unknown who will actually be available for him and it points to long hard final year in SL for the Wakefield club.

In sheer contrast a decent looking Dragons squad on paper were awful against the Quinns and showed little passion, composure or skill and new coach Robinson will have had a few choice words for his 'Enfants terrible'.

The hosts will be looking to bounce back and a decimated Wakey squad is just what they need to get their season back on track but Wakey will still show their claws unfortunately very little bite.

Dragons by 10.

rhinoms tipsDragons by 10
SouthStander.com tipsDragons by 14
AverageDragons by 12

TIGERS v. GIANTS

Two winning teams for the first round go head to head at the "Probiz Wheldon Shed jungle" and the hosts will hope for a more fluent game and better discipline.

After putting a marker down against the Wire the "mono-brow" inspired visitors will be looking to show consistency and intent in front of the cameras and after the arrival of new boys Simpson and Ferguson they will be boosted even further.

For our "country bumpkin" hosts they will be looking to build on the 40 point scoring win last week and show their own intent this year by claiming a prized scalp for the pot.

An entertaining game in prospect but the hosts won't be good enough to stand on the shoulders of Giants.

Giants by 12.

rhinoms tipsGiants by 12
SouthStander.com tipsGiants by 6
AverageGiants by 9

QUINS v. CRUSADERS

The two "surprise" teams of the opening weekend meet in the capital this Sunday.

The hosts pulled off a shock win against a fancied dragons out-fit with strong defence, and a "Gale" force effort whilst the Welshman showed the skill and vision their new coach was known for whilst destroying the new look Reds.

The two "young gun" coaches of SL go head to head with both looking to show that last week was no fluke and that they mean business.

This could be a very good match up but I expect the flair of the Welshmen to be too strong for the determined young cockneys.

Crusaders by 10.

rhinoms tipsCrusaders by 10
SouthStander.com tipsQuins by 6
AverageCrusaders by 2

WOLVES v. KR

After a weekend to forget for the much fancied hosts that left new "super-star" Joel Monaghans "Dog rough" and their injury list needing a new notepad, Tony Smiths team will be looking to show it was only a blip and that new number one Hodgson isn't as bad as his performance suggests although the wry smile in the Cas hotel could be seen for miles.

After losing so many to knocks it's anyone's guess how the hosts will line up but expect them to be fired up and come out with more "Bite" than "Bark". The Robins arrive on the back of a very convincing "Trawler wars" victory and although the first 10 minutes will no doubt be cut for DVD sent to "where's willy"? they will be full of confidence.

Two very uncompromising packs but with the "jelly-fish" Myler in the defensive line and "where's my dummy" Briers at 6 the strong running back-row of the visitors will have too much for them in my opinion.

Another cracker in store but still no (W) for the hosts and how long till we hear Booooooooooo Smith out.........

Robins by 8.

rhinoms tipsKR by 8
SouthStander.com tipsKR by 6
AverageKR by 7

BULLS v. WARRIORS

The much-improved "crater of dreams" squatters will be hoping to build on their opening day efforts after squandering an 18 point advantage.

New coach Potter and the Odslum faithful will be pretty confident of challenging the visitors and hoping young Briggs can repeat his 1st hour kicking game although we all know the game is 80 minutes someone forgot to let the hosts know.

The defending champs arrive in town after they too blew a pretty commanding lead and the "curse of the rugby gods" acting yet again and this time "Benjamin button" Deacon is lame add to that "KFC" Lima has fallen fowl of the disciplinary and the Pies are looking for more filling already.

The visitors will also be hoping that Phil Clarke won't be passing anymore instructions to Hanson because we all saw what he thought of his "calls".

Whilst missing a few players the visitors will have too much "filling" for the hosts and leave with their first two points of the year.

Wigan by 8.

rhinoms tipsWarriors by 8
SouthStander.com tipsWarroirs by 16
AverageWarriors by 12

If you are traveling to games have a safe journey and the enjoy the action. Thanks for reading.

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