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rhinoms Superleague XVIII Preview - Round 8
Posted by southstander on March 20 2013 - 17:53:17

by rhinoms

With England playing wussball on Friday evening, SKY have elected to carry games on Saturday and Sunday. In a weekend which sees the Wolves take on the Giants at the Halliwell-Jones and the Wildcats entertain the Rhinos in their 'must win' game of the season you'd have thought SKY would have requested these two mouthwatering fixtures.

But they've gone for Wigan v. Widnes and Hull KR v. Castleford, neither of which promise to be close run things on paper.

Lets hope that they are right and we don't get bored by two routs.

Read more here....

It doesn't seem like a couple of weeks ago when we were longing for the new This week we enter round eight and despite the Giants being 3 points clear at the top there are only four points between second and eleventh with Widnes and the Rhinos having a game in hand.

Here are this weeks previews.

SAINTS v. REDS

After completing back to back wins v Wire and Wakey the hosts have a much easier task this week when the whipping boy Reds visit Langtree Park.

However last weeks big win came at a huge cost for the hosts after playmaking dynamo Roby was ruled out for up to 10 weeks.

Whilst that will boost the visitors hopes of an upset it's still case of "how many?" for the hosts.

the best the visitors can hope for is keeping it under 50 whilst the hosts will have an easier fixture to re-shape their DH replacement.

ST'S by 32.

rhinoms tipsSaints by 32
SouthStander.com tipsSaints by 40
AverageSaints by 36

WILDCATS v. RHINOS

Its the West Yorkshire derby and the Champs are in town which will give the hosts that extra 10% of determination.

After bouncing back to beat the Pies at HQ after a pasting the week before the Blue 'n' Amber will travel down the road full of confidence.

The hosts however have suffered in their last 2 away fixtures and after winning this fixture last year they will see this as the perfect fixture to get back to winning ways.

After the hand bags on boxing day Poore v TMFMISL(2) will prove an interesting side show to the main event.

I expect the home team to be up for this as they always are but thus far the Rhinos are showing the mental strength to grind out wins post WCC.

A tough and entertaining encounter in prospect but this time i think the visitors will have enough to get the spoils.

Rhinos by 10.

rhinoms tipsRhinos by 10
SouthStander.com tipsRhinos by 14
AverageRhinos by 12

WOLVES v. GIANTS

The game of the round and Sky in their wisdom aren't showing it?????

The hosts finally got back to winning ways last week after consecutive defeats albeit against the pub team of SL.

The Giants are top in March AGAIN many are talking them up AGAIN but to be fair they've looked worthy league leaders thus far but we all know nothing is won this early.

If the visitors can get a win here then the belief will grow even further and who knows what that can do for their confidence later in the season.

However TS will be determined for his lads to show they are over their blip and will see this as a chance to put the bad defeats to bed.

This is a good game on prospect (unfortunately the Sky numpties are treating us to HKR v Cas) but i think home advantage will be key here.

Wire by 10.

rhinoms tipsWolves by 10
SouthStander.com tipsWolves by 6
AverageWolves by 8

DRAGONS v. BULLS

After a crushing home win last week the hosts welcome the free scoring Bulls this week to Dragon country.

The visitors will arrive confident after scoring trys for fun recently but their defence will be tested much more intensely this week.

Although missing Webb and Dereau the hosts are still a tough outfit on their home turf and although the visitors will give them a game I doubt they have the defensive strength to get the spoils.

A tough encounter amongst the respective packs but the home side have the edge overall.

Dragons by 14.

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

BRONCOS v. FC

The hosts will be buzzing after securing another win and climbing off the bottom of the table.

Once again the "Talkers champions" were undone in the last 20 of a match last week and the sooner someone they realise the game lasts 80 minutes and reminds them their owner said they would be world class and not World garbage the better not that it would make any difference.

Fortunately they have a perfect chance to rack up some points and give their deluded owner and fan-base something to cheer about this week against a weak opposition.

The Nags are improving but I doubt that the improvement is big enough this week to beat a fired up and under pressure Cod Army.

Cods by 16.

rhinoms tipsFC by 16
SouthStander.com tipsFC by 28
AverageFC by 22

WARRIORS v. VIKINGS

The hosts return to the pie dome after losing a close battle against the Champs but they hope to have talisman Rat-Boy back and have already scored the 1st points of this game by not allowing the visitors to select "Hock of the dead" as per the terms inserted for the loan contract agreed in pre-season (obviously scared).

The visitors have been much better thus far than they were last year but lack real depth and have a fair bit of the decent part of their squad on the sidelines.

It could get tasty with the hosts missing a lot of their 1st choice pack but they will be too fired up and have too much quality for the visitors to handle.

Pies by 22.

rhinoms tipsWarriors by 22
SouthStander.com tipsWarriors by 28
AverageWarriors by 25

KR v. TIGERS

The wagon train rolls into Cods-ville this week after a shocking defeat against the nags last week.

The hosts are hot and cold from week to week so its anyone's guess which Robins team will turn up.

Whilst its pretty clear the hosts have more quality both have been weak defensively recently and the visitors only raise their game against the big boys and for their cup final v The Champs.

I expect it to be an open game but the visitors will fall short against the speed out wide of the hosts attack.

HKR by 16.

rhinoms tipsKR by 16
SouthStander.com tipsTigers by 4
AverageKR by 6

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

Thanks for reading.

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