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rhinoms Superleague XVI Previews - Round 3
Posted by southstander on February 23 2011 - 15:43:38

by rhinoms

The season is getting into full swing now and although we're only to games in we have already seen upsets, controversial calls, injuries, and some real quality tries being scored.

Read more here....

Here are my thoughts on the upcoming games.

RHINOS v. QUINS

The battle of the 100%'s at HQ this week when the Cockney Rebels visit. The visitors really have upset the form book this year beating the much fancied Crusaders and the dis-interested Catalans.

The key for young pretender coach Powell has been their defence and then taking the chances created by their "Golden Triangle" of Gale, Dorn and Randell add to that a fully fit Purdham and they are a pretty useful RL team.

The Rhinos are returning home after two wins on the road where they scored some scintillating tries but also had questions about their defence un-answered.

After leaving Cods-ville last week with a well deserved 2 points they will rightly be disappointed to hear about the loss of improving back-rowers Delaney (6 weeks) and Ablett (3 weeks).

This week they will hope for the return of Ali and Work-horse Ben Cross and after a promising impact on debut Hauraki will be looking to have more to show the Headingley faithful on his home debut.

A decent game in prospect but the fire-power of the home team will be far too much for the Pearly Quins.

Rhinos by 16.

rhinoms tipsRhinos by 16
SouthStander.com tipsRhinos by 12
AverageRhinos by 14

SAINTS v. WOLVES

A real humdinger in prospect when these two meet in Widnes.

For the hosts they are hoping that they can build on the destruction of the Reds last week whilst the GF wannabes are in better spirits after a last gasp win against the Robins.

Both teams are carrying injuries for the Scousers Leon "where is he in October" Pryce remains on the injured list and their Auburn haired cuddly pack leader remains doubtful with a shoulder injury.

For TS he's missing "I didn't know what was in the bag" King and messrs Bridge and Cooper and will hope that Puletua and co don't target soggy Kit-Kat Myler too often.

This promises to be all action and end to end if both teams come to play but once again the CC holders will be visibly choked in SL.

Saints by 14.

rhinoms tipsSaints by 14
SouthStander.com tipsSaints by 12
AverageSaints by 13

CRUSADERS v. BULLS

A real crash back to earth for both teams after promising starts in Cardiff.

The Harris inspired Hollywood welsh were only two points adrift away in London and although they were gutted to lose there's not much needed to tweak for this weeks match.

For the visitors it didn't take long for them to revert to type and perform like the pub team we know them to be.

After selling tickets for ten bob and half a packet of wine gums to get the punters to back coach Potters "new look" (don't laugh) Crater of dreams squad were given a good old fashioned pasting Pie style.

Another tough task in prospect away in Wrexham for the "Bulls are Back" (Quality Clarkey) and expect the mercurial Sammutt to add to the Odslum woes.

Crusaders by 10.

rhinoms tipsCrusaders by 10
SouthStander.com tipsBulls by 8
AverageCrusaders by 1

KR v. DRAGONS

After a narrow defeat at the Ikea HJ last week the Red Mullets of Cods-ville return home to hosts the poor and mentally soggy French team.

Coach Morgan really expects his team to be serious challengers again this year and have an impact in the CC so he'll be expecting at the very least a comfortable win.

For the visitors they really haven't shaken off pre-season mode yet and when they concede they don't seem bothered or together.

The pressure must be mounting on new coach Robinson because the last thing the Catalan Board will be expecting is another wooden spoon.

An improved effort (can't be any worse) from the visitors but no where near good enough.

Robins by 18.

rhinoms tipsKR by 18
SouthStander.com tipsKR by 32
AverageKR by 25

GIANTS v. FC

Both teams will be looking to get much-wanted wins after poor defeats last time out.

For the hosts coach Browns top 4 pretenders were out muscled in the mud down at the "Probiz wheldon jungle colon".

For the fishy visitors the excuses are rolling off Sponge bob Agars tongue already and the Reef is growing restless.

The has beens from cods-ville will be praying that the hosts will be suffering a Cas hangover but the Giants will be standing too tall and it's nearly time for the coach to Clam up and swim off.

Giants by 12.

rhinoms tipsGiants by 12
SouthStander.com tipsGiants by 4
AverageGiants by 8

WILDCATS v. REDS

The performance of last week has to go to the "beg ,stolen and borrowed" Wildcats.

They went to France showed their claws and got a very good win against a very lack-lustre Dragons outfit.

This week P45 chasing Mcrae rolls into town with his abysmal thrown together Reds squad and they have had 2 good hidings already and the last team they need to be playing will the JK inspired hosts.

The 1st home game of the season for the newly owned Wakey club and although some of their better players were cherry picked they will look to further boost the new good feeling amongst the locals.

Wakey by 8.

rhinoms tipsWildcats by 8
SouthStander.com tipsWildcats by 8
AverageWildcats by 8

WCC: WARRIORS v. ST GEORGE

A really good game in prospect at the pie dome on Sunday evening.

The battle of the Champions will take place and coach Bennett has brought his strongest available squad although you have to question how serious they are taking it because they've only arrived a week before the game after two good warm up wins at home in Aus.

The Pies will be looking to show the SKY team that they are worth the creaming over they receive just for warming up and look to win the trophy and build on last years GF win.

This really could go either way and depends if "Bruce" Silverwoods Reffing style is replicated or we get a much more familiar whistle style where wonder boy S.Tompkins gets penalties for breathing near him.

I think the 1 week prep by St George will go against them to be honest and the Pies are looking very strong.

Pies by 6.

rhinoms tipsWarriors by 6
SouthStander.com tipsSt. George by 12
AverageSt. George by 3

If yer traveling to matches safe journey, enjoy the weekend and thanks for reading.

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