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Spotting the Cup Shocks
Posted by southstander on May 18 2011 - 08:14:59

The first round safely negotiated against the Crusaders and next up for the Rhinos Wembley quest is another expansion team, the recently 'fallen from grace' Harlequins.

There are plenty of other interesting ties in the fifth round, but will any of them spring shocks?

We cast our eyes over the ties....

This weekends cup games are spread over three days with three on Friday, two Saturday and three on Sunday afternoon. The televised games are; Wakefield v Castleford on Saturday and Bradford v Wigan on Sunday.

I've highlighted my 'winners' in red.

Friday 20th May

Rhinos v Harlequins RL20.00
Salford v Hull KR 20.00
Warrington v Swinton 20.00

On current form you can only see wins for Leeds, KR and the Wolves. The 'Quins got their arses handed to them by Wigan last week and the Rhinos have started to put together an impressive run of wins despite the ever lengthening injury list. Salford against the Robins could be an interesting game but I'd still expect that Justin Morgans visitors will have too much for the home side. Anyone suggesting anything other than a massive win for the Wolves over Swinton needs their bumps felt.

No fear of any shocks here...move along.

Saturday 21st May

Wakefield v Castleford 14.30 - BBC1
Widnes v Hull FC 15.00

Now, these two ties are much more like it. Something for a tipster to get his teeth into.

The 'Franchise Eliminator' as it has become to be know should be a belter for the TV audience and is too close to call. Castlefords better league position could be offset by Wakefields home advantage and Kear has always been brilliant at getting his sides up for cup matches. I'll tip Wakefield to emerge victorious over our country cousins.

I've also got a suspicion that Widnes may spring the shock of the round by getting through to round six with their home advantage against a Hull FC side who have flattered to deceive in recent weeks and who are unbeaten in six. Call it intuition, call it hope, but keep an eye on Widnes.

Sunday 22nd May

Bradford v Wigan 15.30 - BBC2
Huddersfield v Catalans 15.00
Saints v Featherstone 15.00

The BBC have chosen the Bulls against the Warriors as the Sunday televised game and have dropped a right clanger. This will be as one-sided a game as you could ever fear to see as Wigan score try after try against a woeful Bradford side. Auntie Beeb would have been much better picking the Giants v. Dragons game for their telecast as this one has much more potential to be a tight game, especially after the Dragons scored a home victory over the league-leaders a few rounds ago.

In the last game of the round it is difficult to see past a Saints win over Daryl Powells Featherstone. Powell has got his side playing but they will be no match for the Saints, unless the Saints play even worse than they did last Saturday against the Giants.

I think that I predicted all of the winners correctly for the fourth round, but that was a lot easier than this weekends fixtures. How many have I got right this time?

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