After a week off for the Challenge Cup semi-finals we return to SL this week
and the race for the top eight is getting tighter.|
Here are this weeks previews.
DRAGONS v. SAINTS
The visitors will be feeling refreshed after a week off but this is a very
tough away trip as 3rd meets 4th.
The hosts will welcome the chance of consecutive home games after their
destruction of the B+w pretenders last time out to complete their game in
With only 2 pts between them on the table this could have a big say on who
finishes in the top 3 and after their dramatic implosion at home which saw
the departure of their coach Simmons during the aftermath the scousers will
want to put that right.
One of the games of the weekend and a humdinger in prospect but i think home
advantage and playing last week will just give Les Dragons that edge and
keep 3rd spot in their grasp.
Dragons by 8.
|rhinoms tips||Dragons by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||Saints by 4|
|Average||Dragons by 2|
RHINOS v. BULLS
This week the Blue 'n' Amber return home to a heroes welcome and a big derby
against the "Greece" of SL.
To be fair the visitors and their coaching staff have shone through during
this debacle and they've claimed plenty of scalps along the way.
This is 5th v 6th although what points deduction the visitors are to receive
is yet to be decided.
The hosts put everything into last weeks epic semi-final win whilst the
visitors had chance to take stock and freshen up whilst the brown and smelly
was flying all around them.
This is gonna be a tougher than usual prospect the Dulls are very dangerous
because they've nothing to lose or fear and arrive after a stunning win in
the Pie Dome.
However you do get the sense that the Champs are finally starting to go
through the gears rather than just the motions and on the back of a 5 game
winning streak and places for Wembley up for grabs the hosts still have the
Rhinos by 10.
|rhinoms tips||Rhinos by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Rhinos by 18|
|Average||Rhinos by 14|
REDS v. VIKINGS
The hosts really are showing some great RL whilst picking up surprise wins
along the way whilst the visitors can play well ala Cas or can revert back
to the not so good.
Losing Smith early was a blow but this Reds team really fancy a crack at the
8 and i can't see the Vikings having enough over the 80 to stop them.
A home win but the visitors should compete.
Reds by 16.
|rhinoms tips||Reds by 16|
|SouthStander.com tips||Reds by 20|
|Average||Reds by 18|
BRONCOS v. WARRIORS
A great move by the hosts board to remove Powell and get Rea in but it won't
be good enough this week nor will it salvage their poor season.
This is just what the Pies will have wanted after losing a supposedly one
horse race and the hosts will be the perfect cannon fodder for Clarke and co
to get back to their "fifty shades of Pie".
Pies by 38.
|rhinoms tips||Warriors by 38|
|SouthStander.com tips||Warriors by 20|
|Average||Warriors by 29|
TIGERS v. WOLVES
The season cant end soon enough in Rock Ridge and Sheriff Basil is
rebuilding already with El-Bows imminent departure and the already departed
oxygen thief Mcgoldrick.
This is another chance for TS to continue his rotation policy with very
little risk of dropping points.
The hosts will have some confidence after destroying the free-falling self
coaching Giants last time out but this is different against a decent team.
Training run for Wire after an hours graft.
Wire by 22.
|rhinoms tips||Wolves by 22|
|SouthStander.com tips||Wolves by 14|
|Average||Wolves by 18|
GIANTS v. WILDCATS
This could be a big chance for Wakey to take a decent scalp with the hosts
in a mess.
The home side were awful last week culminating in Coach Browns departure but
will Anderson have had long enough to change the structure and more
importantly the attitude of some of his squad?
Wakey will compete and have a better chance than normal but you get the
feeling the Giants still have a punch or 2 left shown perfectly by Eorls
chase back on Bridge when last weeks match had gone.
A tough game but the grind will do the home team good.
Giants by 10.
|rhinoms tips||Giants by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Giants by 38|
|Average||Giants by 24|
KR v. FC
It's the Cod War!!
The Red hosts will be desperate to add to their neighbours woes of poor
Plenty of mussle and sole will be on show with both hoping to warm the
cockles of their supporters.
The hosts do have the edge in this both in the pack and at 6+7.
Plenty of big hits and no plaice for anyone to retreat into their shells.
The usual derby clash but a Red victory this time around.
HKR by 10.
|rhinoms tips||KR by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||FC by 4|
|Average||KR by 3|
If you are travelling to a game have a safe journey and thanks for reading.