This week we enter round 2 and some tough away fixtures stand out in the
Here are my thoughts on this weeks match ups..
SAINTS v. REDS
This week the plastic scousers finally open their new spiritual home in
front of the cameras.
After a tough game against the Broncos the hosts have a seemingly easier
task against the Reds this week.
The visitors arrive after "fluffing their lines" last time out in what was
supposed to be their own new homecoming party.
With both teams missing 1st choice players it could give the Reds a better
chance of a close game but can they gel for the full 80 minutes.
I expect the hosts to runaway with this and the superlatives from Clarke and
his swing-o-meter will be ringing around Langtree Park.
The visitors just aren't good enough to test the depleted hosts.
ST's by 20.
|rhinoms tips||Saints by 20|
|SouthStander.com tips||Saints by 32|
|Average||Saints by 26|
DRAGON v. FC
The B+W side of Cods Ville takes on one of the toughest away days in SL this
week after scraping a draw from the jaws of victory.
The Dragons will be confident after burning the Odslum pub team last time
out and even missing as many as 5 1st choices will expect to win.
It's hard to gauge the visitors thus far because they did ok against Wire
last season but still failed to make any kind of impact on the play-offs.
A tough game for the new "Birds eye" and I think the "Gentle touch" will be
too weak to douse the hosts fire.
A long trawl home for the B+W's.
Dragons by 14.
|rhinoms tips||Dragons by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Dragons by 2|
|Average||Dragons by 8|
WARRIORS v. RHINOS
A tasty away game at the Pie-Dome awaits the Champions this week.
The hosts are clearly a weaker squad this time round not least in the
coaching role and the departed Hoffman.
Wane seems to talk a good game but a depleted Giants were worthy winners
last week and signing puddings like Luaki won't inspire the locals.
The Blue 'n' Amber will need to improve their right edge defensively but
with quality ball to Watkins the young gun center can be unstoppable.
The Rat will be tested with bombs (look out Clarke because no FB would get
near them) and seeing his efforts when Patrick scored last week expect to JP
,Kylie and co heading his way.
A tough game because it always is away in Crusts-ville but the Rhinos 2012
look tougher and faster.
Rhinos by 8.
|rhinoms tips||Rhinos by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||Rhinos by 6|
|Average||Rhinos by 7|
TIGERS v. BULLS
After winning the "Snowball Shootout" in Salford last week the locals of
Rock-Ridge entertain Potters RFL sponsored outside toilet tenants.
Basil will be looking forward to his 1st home game (lock up the tigger cheer
leaders) and will have his team fired up for this derby.
For the visitors they were lucky to only concede 34 last week and although
they got a couple of decent scores they reverted to their usual chunder
It could get tasty because it's a derby but the RL ability favours the home
team no matter how much dross Potter says about the "Quality" the Dulls have
Fire up the Banjoes,Dust off the "Moonshine bottles" get the high 6's
practiced and get ready for a hoe down!!
Cas by 10.
|rhinoms tips||Tigers by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Tigers by 6|
|Average||Tigers by 8|
GIANTS v. VIKINGS
Despite the debates about the pitch it couldn't disguise the fact Widnes
were way off the SL pace last week and this week it gets tougher.
The home team will be flying high after a cracking away win missing half
their 1st choice pack and will put the visitors to the sword.
Old gravel voice will have to "man up" and accept his squad of misfits and
unwanted are gonna struggle this year.
Expect no mercy from the hosts who will be buoyant after last weeks win and
they will take the full advantage of racking up their points difference.
Giants by 26.
|rhinoms tips||Giants by 26|
|SouthStander.com tips||Giants by 18|
|Average||Giants by 22|
WILDCATS v. KR
Two teams who have stacks of positives from week 1 meet this time around.
The hosts played the "party pooper" card to perfection last week and the
visitors were very strong for an hour against the defending Champs.
Agar will hope the promise his new built team showed can be built upon and
that midfield General Smith can take control.
This is a real test for the Red Mullets because it's easy to be fired up to
play the best now they have to repeat that enthusiasm and endeavor at a less
I think this will be an entertaining clash with both teams having power and
threats but I think the opening win will lift the hosts just enough to
continue that winning feeling.
Wakey by 8.
|rhinoms tips||Wildcats by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||KR by 6|
|Average||Wildcats by 1|
WOLVES v. BRONCOS
After a good old whinge after scraping a draw last week Coach Smith will
hope the return of the suspended Briers can get his teams season up and
The visitors put a strong effort last week in defeat at home to St's but can
they match that and even improve to get the spoils here.
Renowned for the early season positives the Broncos will hope the hosts are
still cold and jet lagged enough to cause an upset.
Expect the Broncos to start with a kick but the Wolves will be fired up and
show their bite after last weeks disappointment.
Wire by 16.
|rhinoms tips||Wolves by 16|
|SouthStander.com tips||Wolves by 12|
|Average||Wolves by 14|
If you are traveling to a game have a safe journey or if tuning into Sky
have the mute button ready because the lunatics are running the asylum.
Thanks for reading.