This weekend we hit Round 14 of the Superleague season and start the "2nd half" of the regular season.|
Here are this weeks previews.
BULLS v. RHINOS
The Champs head up the road for the second derby of the season and after losing a lead late on that cost them a point in the last one they will be determined to have the match sewn up earlier.
For the hosts they are still learning under their new coach and have had some good wins but also come up short when facing quality opposition in form.
The form guide points to an away win but experiences says that counts for nothing in these games but I do think the Champs will have too much pace for the hosts then its a case of by how many.
However we know every team in SL raises it's efforts against the Champions none more so than the Bulls so I expect a tough game but an away win.
Rhinos by 14.
|rhinoms tips||Rhinos by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Rhinos by 8|
|Average||Rhinos by 11|
FC v. BRONCOS
The visitors gallop into the KC on the back of ending an eleven year losing curse last time out against the forlorn ST's but meet a team finding confidence and expecting their big money signing to play.
Coach Gentle must have saved his job by the skin of his fins and now he needs his team to kick on and show some consistency and style that matches their big mouthed owners press statements.
Although they lost last week the hosts were by no means disgraced and matched the Pies with three trys each so I expect them to beat the visitors and do it well.
The visitors may arrive confident but still lack too much quality for me to trouble the home side.
FC by 20.
|rhinoms tips||FC by 20|
|SouthStander.com tips||FC by 14|
|Average||FC by 17|
SAINTS v. VIKINGS
Looking at the home sides unavailable list and bearing in mind their defeat to the Broncos last week the Vikings have as good a chance as they've ever had in recent years of an away win.
However when you see how the lost to Wakey at home it's doubtful they'll get the points this week either.
Out of the Cup and struggling for players and form the home side are in a big transitional phase but should still have just enough for the win IF they aren't feeling sorry for themselves.
There could be quite a few points scored in this one but I think the hosts will just scrape the win.
ST's by 8.
|rhinoms tips||Saints by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||Saints by 24|
|Average||Saints by 16|
WARRIORS v. REDS
Another win insecond gear at the Pie dome for the hosts this week when Noble brings his mis-fits to town.
A lot of the talk will be about the NRL bound Pies players and how quick Nobby can build a competitive Reds team after a close win last week rather than the actual game.
The visitors don't have the quality or the structures to give the hosts any serious problems irrespective of their new coaches' CV.
Pies by 28.
|rhinoms tips||Warriors by 28|
|SouthStander.com tips||Warriors by 18|
|Average||Warriors by 23|
WILDCATS v. DRAGONS
The hosts finally got that winning feeling back last week as the visitors once again lost at home to 12 men and a bias penalty count.
Despite taking confidence from last weeks win the home defence is still pretty suspect and this week the challenge in terms of quality is much bigger.
Although still missing their General Dereau the visitors have a huge pack and strike out wide more than capable of getting of the win.
The hosts won't give up and are desperate for wins but the task is just too big this week.
Dragons by 10.
|rhinoms tips||Dragons by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Dragons by 14|
|Average||Dragons by 12|
TIGERS v. KR
If the rumours are true the hosts should have a new head Coach very soon so this could be Orr's last game in charge.
For the visitors although they fought hard they were well beaten last week by the quality and pace of the Champions so they arrive bruised and determined to bounce back.
On paper cas have a reasonable first choice 17 with one or two quality players in there but it's not happening for them and again I expect them to lose this week.
It will be a close game but the hosts lack quality and the doubts and doom that surround the place won't help either.
HKR by 10.
|rhinoms tips||KR by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Tigers by 6|
|Average||KR by 2|
GIANTS v. WOLVES
A massive game and another example why SKY's schedule makers are clowns because in their wisdom we get Wakey v Dragons instead of this 2nd v 3rd clash.
This promises to be a belter if both sides are on their game and they are evenly matched across the board but the Wire do have the big game experience and Trophy winning mentality the hosts lack.
It really could go either way but I think TS's men win it because of the big game success they've had in recent years but they'll pushed all the way.
A tough fast uncompromising battle in store but the Giants will be cut down a size.
Wire by 8.
|rhinoms tips||Wolves by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||Giants by 4|
|Average||Wolves by 2|
If you are travelling to a game have safe journey and enjoy the action.
Thanks for reading.