This week we start the mad Easter fixtures and we still have shocks coming
thick and fast.|
Here are the previews for Easter Part I.
WOLVES v. VIKINGS
After another defeat to a top five rival the hosts will welcome the chance to
get plenty of points in their 'plus' column.
The Vikings will hope to reduce a 70 deficit from last week and anything
under 50 will be seen as progress.
TS has yet to get his team firing on all cylinders and questions are growing
whether they missed their "GF" chance last year.
The visitors may put a decent 20 minutes together but are way out of their
depth in this fixture especially after a home defeat last week the home
faithful will demand a pasting as will TS himself.
A 2nd gear cruise for the hosts and the questioning of Skys choice to
actually show this game should come thick and fast.
Wire by 34.
|rhinoms tips||Wolves by 34|
|SouthStander.com tips||Wolves by 44|
|Average||Wolves by 39|
BRONCOS v. DRAGONS
It's the "Expansion" derby at the stoop as the two non-M62 divide clubs clash.
For the hosts they got a confidence boosting win against a decent Wakey
outfit last week and had the added bonus of nilling them.
The visitors arrive after a 70-point training run against the SL whipping
boys and will take confidence from their set moves and scoring structures
working to a tee.
I think the hosts will be competitive for a while but I doubt they can match
the quality of the visitors attack nor the intensity of their defence. If
they are on song.
Dragons by 20.
|rhinoms tips||Dragons by 20|
|SouthStander.com tips||Dragons by 8|
|Average||Dragons by 14|
BULLS v. RHINOS
The scaremongers will have you believe this could be the last game ever at
the crater of dreams.
The home team will be fired up and looking to put a marker down and take
advantage of the visitors recent losing run and improve their abysmal home
The Blue 'n' Amber need to regroup and stick together as we know they can
the return of TMFMISL is a bonus although losing the impact Moore made in
the last two games is a blow.
It's set to be a blood and thunder clash with both teams having something to
fight for and the hosts will have that bit more desperation and emotion
invested in this game but that can also back-fire.
Both sides will have quality missing and whoever adapts and channels that
emotion the better should get the spoils.
A hard fought match but I think we have that bit more skill out wide and
that's where we'll do the damage and take the spoils.
Rhinos by 16.
|rhinoms tips||Rhinos by 16|
|SouthStander.com tips||Rhinos by 8|
|Average||Rhinos by 12|
GIANTS v. REDS
The hosts return home after an impressive and well deserved win at
Headingley last time out and will be confident when the up and down Reds
come to town.
Which Reds team turns up will be the deciding factor in this game IF it's
the one that got a pasting against the Rhinos then it will be very much a
repeat with the hosts showing no mercy.
However if it's the dogged and at times skillful 17 that beat Hull and Dulls
away then it's game on.
The confirmation this week that coach Brown is DEFINITELY leaving will go
against the visitors because they hosts will be too fired up to send him off
a winner and show they can win despite his upcoming departure.
I think the Reds will compete but not have enough for the points.
Giants by 14.
|rhinoms tips||Giants by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Giants by 30|
|Average||Giants by 22|
FC v. KR
If the locals and their new owner are to believed we have new "Contenders"
this year in the form of the B+W half of Fish Town.
For the Red half of the reef inconsistency is their form guide they can be
great one week and poor the next although according to their "Woe is us"
Whining aussie coach it's almost never their fault.
A fierce game as ever and the key will be the team that remains composed
taking the points with the hosts already panicking by bringing a battered
and past it Radford out of retirement.
Although getting some good wins the Gentle touch will run out this week when
the tough Reds pack lay the ground work for Dobson and co to Skate to the
KR by 10.
|rhinoms tips||KR by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||FC by 8|
|Average||KR by 1|
SAINTS v. WARRIORS
Another big derby at the new home of the resurgent Saint's and they'll be
buzzing after back to back wins against top 5 teams.
The visitors arrive after a comfortable win last time erased the bitter loss
against Wire two weeks ago.
The hosts will be reeling from the bans for Wellens and Laffranchi and that
is a big plus for Rat boy, Hock of the dead and chums.
However we've seen both teams win this game against the odds in the past and
the home team will be fired up enough to maintain their recent return to top
form and performance.
A real tough game to call and respective line-ups point to a Pie win but
home advantage and very good form seals it for me.
ST's by 14.
|rhinoms tips||Saints by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Saints by 6|
|Average||Saints by 10|
WILDCATS v. TIGERS
This week it's the "Wrong Turn" meets the Hills have Eyes derby.
The hosts will have had a week to sharpen their claws after their abysmal
effort Darn sarf last week and the visitors will be extra confident after a
last gasp win against the rated Robins.
It's a shame this isn't one of Skys choices because there is "history" in
this fixture not least because the hosts sent the Tiggers down after
completing "Mission impossible".
Basil will look to build on the win and improve his 6-fingered charges
defensively whilst the hosts need to improve everything to be competitive
The moonshine will be flowing, the fiddles will be dual ling and the
spittoons over flowing and there may well be the odd missing tooth or 2.
Plenty of fire and brimstone but a re-grouped Wakey should have enough to
take the spoils.
Wakey by 10.
|rhinoms tips||Wildcats by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Tigers by 12|
|Average||Tigers by 1|
If you are attending a game have a safe journey and enjoy the action.
Thanks for reading.