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rhinoms Superleague XVIII Previews - Round 9
Posted by southstander on March 27 2013 - 10:27:38

by rhinoms

We hurtle into a busy Easter period with the first of two rounds of matches, the first of which is the round of 'short-journeys', Catalans and Huddersfield excepted.

Thursday night sees the Bulls visit the Rhinos and the Dragons make the long trip to London, then on friday we have the mouthwatering TV prospect of the Hull derby and the Warriors v. the Saints.

As if that wasn't enough, the Tigers take on the Wildcats and the Vikings will look to turn around their form against the Wolves.

Read more here....

This week we have the Superleague Easter derby day followed by a short turnaround ready to go again on bank Holiday Monday.

Here are the first of the weekends previews.

Easter Part I.

RHINOS v. BULLS

The big City Clash starts the derby fixture bonanza at HQ.

The hosts should be refreshed and ready to go after an enforced break due to their game getting cancelled twice last week.

The visitors arrive on the back of a 20 point defeat in the Dragons Den but have shown thus far they can score plenty of trys if they are given space. The Bulls seem to be back on the up and they'll be desperate to lay down a marker here to show their top 8 potential.

The Champs have started well defensively (Giants aside) but still haven't hit their potential with ball in hand but i expect that to change this week.

I can see a good old fashioned forward battle during the 1st half but I think our pace out wide will get the spoils and take the points during the 2nd half as the visitors tire and show the same gaps we've seen thus far in their defence.

Rhinos by 14.

rhinoms tipsRhinos by 14
SouthStander.com tipsRhinos by 8
AverageRhinos by 11

BRONCOS v. DRAGONS

The outsider Derby takes place at the stoop and the hosts will be confident after drawing a game they deserved to win against the big mouthed big spending Ull.

The Dragons have put some good wins together at home but have been shaky away so they will see this as a good chance to take the points on this side of the Channel.

I think the hosts will compete for an hour but they lack the guile and defensive strength to stop the visitors taking the points.

Dragons by 16.

rhinoms tipsDragons by 16
SouthStander.com tipsDragons by 24
AverageDragons by 20

TIGERS v. WILDCATS

The banjoes will be ready to dual and the moonshine will be flowing as the Wrong Turn of SL welcome their hillbilly neighbours.

Both sides are on losing runs but they are both capable of playing some good RL and causing an upset.

It's a case of who stays composed and who takes their chances they are that closely matched.

I think it will be and end to end match but Wakey for me will have that bit extra out wide and take a hard fought game and the points.

Wakey by 12.

rhinoms tipsWildcats by 12
SouthStander.com tipsWildcats by 22
AverageWildcats by 17

FC v. KR

It's trawler wars at the KC as the first part of the Battle for the Humber 2013 takes place.

The big spending hosts really aren't matching their owners mouth or the they've spent whereas the visitors are just unpredictable.

The pressure is building on the home side and especially on their coach add to that this big derby and i think it will be their downfall.

We can expect plenty of fire and collisions that these encounters serve up but i think with Dobsons kicking game and the nervous hosts the Red half of the reef will take the Coral and it may just cost the home side their coach as well.

HKR by 6.

rhinoms tipsKR by 6
SouthStander.com tipsFC by 6
AverageDRAW

REDS v. GIANTS

Unfortunately the "Derby" agenda has a blip and its this one with neither getting the big local opposition.

The hosts will take confidence from a much improved albeit defeat last week whereas the "Pretenders" will be hoping to bounce back after a pasting against Wire.

I really don't see the hosts being good enough to take the win but they may compete for an hour or so before the visitors hit the gears and seal the win.

Giants by 16.

rhinoms tipsGiants by 16
SouthStander.com tipsGiants by 28
AverageGiants by 22

VIKINGS v. WOLVES

The hosts are struggling with injuries and have no depth and go into this on the back of a Pie tug fest when they got pasted by 50+.

Wire arrive after a convincing 5 try beating of the league leaders so its clear who is on form and who isn't.

The derby element may make it feisty and keep the difference under 50 but the hosts have no answer for the visitors power and skill.

Wire by 26.

rhinoms tipsWolves by 26
SouthStander.com tipsWolves by 34
AverageWolves by 30

WARRIORS v. SAINTS

The stuttering Saints travel to the Pie-dome still trying to get to grips with their new coaches methods but they have shown they can open up and blow opponents away as well as showing the steel to grind a win out.

If you listen to oxygen thief Clarke the hosts do everything perfectly and are the only RL team on the planet who get everything right.

Fortunately for us we all know different and both sides have injuries but I think the visitors losing Roby is the biggest loss out of this fixture.

The visitors have the team to win but its how well they adapt without their talisman 9 and I don't think they'll be quite ready for a fixture this intense.

Expect the usual flare ups and toe to toe confrontations but the home side take the win.

Pies by 10.

rhinoms tipsWarriors by 10
SouthStander.com tipsSaints by 4
AverageWarriors by 3

If you are travelling to a game wrap up warm check all the travel news and enjoy the games.

Thanks for reading.

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