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rhinoms Superleague XVIII Previews - Round 5
Posted by southstander on February 28 2013 - 08:09:19

by rhinoms

The regular 'halves' of the table seem to be emerging and there have been few real shocks in Superleague XVIII, as long as you turn a blind eye to what happened to Leeds at Castleford.

This week the Rhinos have to travel to Langtree Park, not the happiest of stomping grounds, while Salford look to capitalise on their first win of the season with a trip to the capital!

It looks like an interesting week.

Read more here....

This week we enter Round five and whilst some teams are beginning to get a roll on, others are getting left behind already and looking more and more like also rans.

Here are this weeks previews.

REDS v. BRONCOS

After a stunning comeback to beat HKR last week the hosts will be confident of adding another W to their stats when the winless Nags visit.

For the visitors despite a confident 1st half at the Pie dome they still took a 30 point beating and Tony Reas job could be the hardest in SL.

The hosts have an exciting attacking platform to build on and the imminent arrival of the NRL recruits should strengthen them further but they still look vulnerable defensively.

This could be a shared 90+ point game as both teams offer attacking threats but are poor defensively but I think the new arrivals and momentum will keep the hosts on a winning run.

Reds by 10.

rhinoms tipsReds by 10
SouthStander.com tipsReds by 14
AverageReds by 12

SAINTS v. RHINOS

After discovering their mojo at Odslum last week the hosts welcome the beaten but proud defending champs to their home.

It's no secret this is a regular season "write off" fixture for the visitors and many will question how we can recover from the WCC exploits but I think the lads will be up for it.

This is a game the hosts are usually more up for other than the pies than any other and with them still yet to win at home they'll hope to repeat last years pasting.

However saying that the hosts do look weaker out wide with young centres Turner and Jones and that could give the visitors some joy to get the points needed to secure the win.

I think we'll dig in and grind out a win to get our season up and running.

Rhinos by 8.

rhinoms tipsRhinos by 8
SouthStander.com tipsRhinos by 6
AverageRhinos by 7

DRAGONS v. WILDCATS

The hosts will be angry that they only got a point last week after conceding a late drop goal so the visitors could be in for a long night.

After a valiant effort and according to many the better team lost v the unbeaten Giants last time the puddy cats will be fired up for this game.

Despite their obvious sense of injustice after silverwood shafted them last week losing their skipper Kirmond is a blow and i doubt they have enough fire power to beat the home side.

I think it will be a decent game because no-one like the visitors thrive on being written off but i doubt they have enough this week.

Dragons by 14.

rhinoms tipsDragons by 14
SouthStander.com tipsDragons by 8
AverageDragons by 11

VIKINGS v. FC

The hosts will be fresher after a week off due to the WCC whilst the visitors were doing what they do best play the game for an hour but then implode when any quality side ups the gears.

Interestingly (or not for some) this fixture has caused a stir on twitter with the "outspoken" Garry Schofield going for a Widnes win in his weekly column which brought a tirade of abuse from the reef.

I actually think their new owner is a perfect match for the visitors and their fan base because like them they can talk a lot and shout a lot but the end result is ALWAYS very different and when the prizes are given out they are just there to make up the numbers and talk about "next year"!!

Saying that Schoey is mad this week because Widnes are still a bottom 4 side and the visitors should be just too good.

FC by 16.

rhinoms tipsFC by 16
SouthStander.com tipsFC by 6
AverageFC by 11

TIGERS v. PIES

The hosts will be confident having shoulders back and getting a last gasp draw last week but the visitors are more clinical than the french lot.

I think it will be a game for an hour unless they water the bog prior to the game get the visitors tied down in "swamp RL".

Whichever way the pitch is set up the hosts shouldn't be to much of a problem for Crustys.

Pies by 14.

rhinoms tipsWarriors by 14
SouthStander.com tipsWarriors by 26
AverageWarriors by 20

GIANTS v. BULLS

After a reasonable start the visitors were well truly pasted last week at home against the ST's.

The hosts "stole" the points at Wakey after Silverwood decided he was Giant that weekend so they are vulnerable.

This could be a belter both packs should be strong but the hosts for me have the pace and guile out wide where the visitors are weakest.

A good old fashioned RL battle in store but the home side have the quality to get the win.

Giants by 12.

rhinoms tipsGiants by 12
SouthStander.com tipsGiants by 20
AverageGiants by 16

KR v. WOLVES

After last weeks implosion at Salford the hosts will be chomping at the bit to put that right unfortunately they are up against a quality team.

The Robins look ok going forward when Dobson has room and options but defensively they are pants and the visitors will be too strong with and without the ball.

I think this a case of "by how many" for the visitors and the home crowd could in for some painful viewing.

Wire by 18.

rhinoms tipsWolves by 18
SouthStander.com tipsWolves by 28
AverageWolves by 23

If you are travelling to a game have safe journey and enjoy the action.

Thanks for reading.

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