As we enter the final 10 fixtures of the SL season the race for the top 8 is
still far from decided.
Here are my thoughts on this weeks fixtures.|
CRUSADERS v. REDS
Crusaders against Salford in the Super League, there’s an oxymoron for you. This is a good example of what McDermott eluded to regarding a lack of depth - two sides full of very average journeymen. Not a game for the connoisseur that is for sure – surprised this is not on SKY. We would have McRae using his vast experience of coaching winning sides telling us and both coaches how it should be done? Given the Crusaders reasonable run of form I expect them to win in front of <3,000 fans.
Crusaders by 12
|David tips||Crusaders by 12|
|SouthStander.com tips||Crusaders by 8|
|Average||Crusaders by 10|
WOLVES v. SAINTS
In previous years this would have been the tie of the round and Saints would have won... somehow. This year things have changed – Warrington have the strongest squad in the league and the best coach. Saints are going through a transitional phase with the blooding of 5/6 youngsters which should see them remain very competitive for the foreseeable future. In Gaskell and Lomax they have the most exciting pair of half backs to emerge since Burrow and McGuire. A combination of scars from the mauling by Wigan, the quality of the Warrington pack and home advantage should see an easy win for the Wolves.
Warrington by 20.
|David tips||Wolves by 20|
|SouthStander.com tips||Wolves by 8|
|Average||Wolves by 14|
WARRIOS v. GIANTS
The tie of the round – pity Brough is still out injured. Wigan put in the best performance of any side this season last week against Saints. They showed no weakness in any facet of the game. Huddersfield on the other hand benefited from some generous refereeing from Silverwood against an improving Catalans. Without Brough’s kicking game the Giants may find field position a problem given Wigan’s solid defence. The referee is crucial here to ensure the speed of game with both sides liking a snooze in the tackle. Home advantage, Wigan’s current form and no Brough should see Wigan through.
Wigan by 16
|David tips||Warriors by 16|
|SouthStander.com tips||Warriors by 8|
|Average||Warriors by 12|
DRAGONS v. TIGERS
Catalans were very unfortunate to be subject to an abject display from Silverwood last week in a game they could easily have won. Robinson has transformed this side now he seems to won over the player’s hearts and minds. Speaking French to his charges is impressive given the likes of McNamara and Lowes struggle to put a coherent sentence together in English!! Catalans are my dark horses for the GF and as such should easily overcome a brittle Tigers side that has struggled against the better teams.
Catalans by 24.
|David tips||Dragons by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Dragons by 6|
|Average||Dragons by 10|
QUINS v. KR
So many questions: will defeat here see Morgan depart, will the crowd exceed 2,000, will Murrell be able to get his shorts on over his every bulging tummy etc. A game between two of poorest sides in the competition hardly wets the appetite. Recording their first win since Brutus murdered Caesar Harlequins should be a high and should be good enough to overcome a desperate Rovers side that has shipped close to 100 points in their last two games.
Harlequins by 4.
|David tips||Quins by 4|
|SouthStander.com tips||Quins by 6|
|Average||Quins by 5|
WILDCATS v. FC
On paper Hull should be a better side than they are – British coaches who needs them!! To win Wakey need a downpour before and during the game. I am not a great fan of Kear – he talks a good game – but you have to admire what he has achieved here given the limited resources at his disposal. Hull have some very good players and in Yeaman they have the form centre in the competition. Hull should be far too strong and weather permitting will win.
Hull by 20.
|David tips||FC by 20|
|SouthStander.com tips||FC by 14|
|Average||FC by 17|
RHINOS v. BULLS
Oh how the mighty have fallen. Years ago this would have been the glamour tie of the round and definitely on Sky. A game between two sides with their best days a distant memory battling out a low quality 80 minutes. At one time this fixture attracted 25k+ the crowd on Friday will be 30% down on that. With both teams putting in woeful performance in the last round expectations are for a mistake riddled game of low quality and intensity. Leeds should be the best of two poor sides – maybe a clearing of the air and ranks during the week will see the Rhinos come out with more purpose and endeavour.
Leeds by 8.
|David tips||Rhinos by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||Rhinos by 8|
|Average||Rhinos by 8|
Enjoy the games.