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 tips||Rhinos by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Rhinos by 10|
|Average||Rhinos 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
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
Saints by 16.
|rhinoms tips||Saints by 16|
|SouthStander.com tips||Saints by 24|
|Average||Saints by 20|
DRAGONS v. WILDCATS
What a nightmare start to the season for both these teams but for very
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
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
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 tips||Dragons by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Dragons by 14|
|Average||Dragons 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
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 tips||Giants by 12|
|SouthStander.com tips||Giants by 6|
|Average||Giants by 9|
QUINS v. CRUSADERS
The two "surprise" teams of the opening weekend meet in the capital this
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
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 tips||Crusaders by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Quins by 6|
|Average||Crusaders 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 tips||KR by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||KR by 6|
|Average||KR 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 tips||Warriors by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||Warroirs by 16|
|Average||Warriors by 12|
If you are traveling to games have a safe journey and the enjoy the action.
Thanks for reading.