Finally after nearly four months off the Superleague starts again this week and with the World Cup to aim for at the end of the year expectations are high.|
Here are the previews for week one.
RHINOS v. FC
The defending champs start with a tough encounter at HQ against the big spending Cod eads.
The visitors have splashed the cash and whilst Holdsworth should give them direction at 6 the signing of the off season is in the BR with the return of old Leeds favourite Gaz Ellis.
For the reigning champs we have 3 possible home debuts in the shape of Moon ,Achurch and Vickery all of which will want strong starts to their careers in Blue 'n' Amber.
If the visitors big mouthed chairman is to be believed his big spenders will be top cods this year fortunately for the rest of us we know RL tends to be won on the paddock and not mouthing off in the board-room.
Bjb and Leuleui aside Brian Mc has a full squad to select from so expect a strong start from the home team but this wont be easy with Ellis leading from the front the visitors shouldn't go into their shells and clam up.
A decent fixture to kick off the new year but i think home advantage gives us the edge.
Rhinos by 10.
|rhinoms tips||Rhinos by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Rhinos by 14|
|Average||Rhinos by 12|
REDS v. WARRIORS
A tough start for the hosts as they await reinforcements and confirmation their takeover is complete.
For the visitors its time to put the departure of "Hock of the dead" to rest and concentrate on the job in hand on the field.
A young Salford will no doubt bring enthusiasm and desire but they lack quality and experience all over the park.
For the Pies its the perfect start for their new 6 and 7 to get going and the usual " we are great noises" that follow an easy win.
Easy start for the visitors and one the home team will be happy to get out of the way early.
Pies by 22.
|rhinoms tips||Warriors by 22|
|SouthStander.com tips||Warriors by 36|
|Average||Warriors by 29|
SAINTS v. GIANTS
In a twist of fate the new Saints coach faces the team he finally left after saying he was going to for three years.
Both sides have recruited 4/5 players and will expect to be top four challengers.
For the visitors it will be interesting to see whether they actually pick Props upfront rather than BR's and no doubt they will hope to perform for more than the first half of the season.
After finishing pot-less and not one final appearance the home side will have that extra fire to be challenging again for the silverware up for grabs.
Its the old no1 versus his prodigy and i think it'll be a good clash but ultimately the hosts will have too much pace and power for the pretenders from Fartown.
ST's by 14.
|rhinoms tips||Saints by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Saints by 8|
|Average||Saints by 11|
BULLS v. WILDCATS
The re-born Odslum residents welcome Agars unwanted and unloved Puddy Cats to kick off their new era under different management and ownership.
The hosts look organised and have 1 or 2 decent threats in their halves and at 9 but upfront they lack depth and it will be interesting to see how they go without outside threats to their jobs.
Wakey look like a pretty decent outfit but they will rely on T.Smith getting them around the park and his fitness will be vital to their hopes.
The visitors have a very useful pack and the firebrand Poore brings the enforcer they lacked in previous seasons but he will need to stay composed.
This should be a good old fashioned battle with both having some reasonable threats outwide.
A good encounter in store but the experienced visiting pack should have just too much power for the hosts to handle.
Wakey by 10.
|rhinoms tips||Wildcats by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Bulls by 6|
|Average||Wildcats by 2|
KR v. DRAGONS
The Red half of cods-ville start with top four contenders the Dragons and both have recruited potential and experience.
The visitors arrive with a re-shuffled coaching set up and how quick the settle under the new regime will be key to how well they perform this year.
The hosts have signed some experience to their pack and also a new 6 after Green departed to the pies so they will hope to gel asap and finish the close games they lost last year on the right side of the outcome this year.
Two huge packs will fight it out and although the hosts are missing strike Centre Welham and new 6 Burns home advantage should prove enough to get the win.
Robins by 12.
|rhinoms tips||KR by 12|
|SouthStander.com tips||Dragons by 6|
|Average||KR by 3|
BRONCOS v. VIKINGS
Two whipping boys go head to head down south and the visitors have easily recruited the better of the two but the hosts have the much more seasoned coach.
Both squads lack depth but the visitors have spent big on Car thief Brown and Hock of the dead so they'll expect big things from them straight away.
Plenty of local youngsters have earned places in the hosts squad its just a case of getting them organised and Rea seemed to sort that albeit too late last year.
With Dorn and Gower the hosts have experience and attacking threats so controlling the visiting pack will be key.
I think the hosts will surprise a few teams should they stay fit and i think they will get the hard fought win here after catching the visitors cold.
Broncos by 8.
|rhinoms tips||Broncos by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||Broncos by 12|
|Average||Broncos by 10|
WOLVES v. TIGERS
A nice easy sacrificial lamb for the hosts and cup holders to get started this year.
the visitors have recruited more experience but they still lack depth and quality plus the have the over-rated Chase who cant wait to get away.
Surprisingly the hosts haven't spent on their squad and chose to promote some of their promising youngsters instead which as we know Tony Smith is god at doing.
I expect the tiggers to be more competitive more often but they wont challenge the top teams and it could prove to be another long year for the jungle residents with the hoe downs more in memory rather than celebrating good victories.
A tough away day for wagon train and anything under a 30 point pasting will be a success.
Wire by 26.
|rhinoms tips||Wolves by 26|
|SouthStander.com tips||Wolves by 40|
|Average||Wolves by 33|
If you are travelling to a game have a safe journey and enjoy the games.
Thanks for reading.