After a week off for the CC fifth round we are back into Superleague action with the
race for the top eight set to go up a gear or two as we get into the second half of
Here are this weeks previews.
REDS v. BULLS
Despite plenty of talk from Dr Koukash the hosts squad is still way short on
quality and even the visit of the Bulls who themselves are on a losing run
won't disguise that.
The visitors will see this as a perfect chance to return to winning ways
after a poor run of results which included a cup exit to the lowly Broncos.
Both teams will be desperate for a winning boost but i expect the visitors
to have just enough to take the spoils.
A tough game for both teams but the visitors have that extra edge for me.
Bulls by 10.
|rhinoms tips||Bulls by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Bulls by 14|
|Average||Bulls by 12|
VIKINGS v. GIANTS
Both teams go into this with suspensions after well earned wins in their
respective CC games.
However the visitors were far more impressive in their resounding defeat of
the Champs whilst the hosts played out an expected routine win against lower
The Vikings have had a much better season than last year and on their day
are capable of shocks but this week they come up against a Giants team who
are starting to show that maybe they are the real deal and not the
pretenders they've shown to be in the past.
A gallant effort by the home side but they lack the quality to beat a top three
team and the Giants are just that and in form.
Giants by 16.
|rhinoms tips||Giants by 16|
|SouthStander.com tips||Giants by 22|
|Average||Giants by 19|
WOLVES v. FC
This could be a great game and looks like one of the games of the weekend so
at least SKY have picked well for fridays live coverage.
The hosts are starting to step up after a bumpy run and crushed the third
placed Giants last time out in SL.
The visitors are building in confidence especially after getting some of
their better players out of the treatment room and onto the paddock namely
big signings Ellis and Holdsworth.
This should be a belter but home advantage is key and whilst I expect a
decent effort from the Trawler boys they are not up to top 4 standard and I
think they'll fall short against real contenders finding their form.
Wire by 14.
|rhinoms tips||Wolves by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Wolves by 8|
|Average||Wolves by 11|
DRAGONS v. TIGERS
The week off will have given the new Coach some extra time to assess the
Tiggers squad he's taken over whilst the hosts had a routine unopposed
training session against the York club in the CC.
A tough task awaits the visitors after the hosts lost a home game against 12
men AGAIN in SL so they'll be hurting from that.
Whilst the news that Clarke and Chase will remain Tiggers for the immediate
future will boost the duelling banjos they still lack quality in numbers and
The visitors will give it a go but i expect the Dragons to burn them this
Dragons by 16.
|rhinoms tips||Dragons by 16|
|SouthStander.com tips||Dragons by 18|
|Average||Dragons by 17|
BRONCOS v. WARRIORS
The Nags have had a couple of great results beating the forlorn ST's and
then knocking the struggling Bulls out of the CC so they'll be buzzing and
ready to play.
For the Pies they just go from win to win whoever is in the 17 and although
they've lost their 6 and 7 for a while they still have talisman Rat Boy and
the likes of Farrell and Charnley to get the job done.
It may not be the hammering many will expect but the visitors and league
leaders are far too good for the confident hosts.
Pies by 20.
|rhinoms tips||Warriors by 20|
|SouthStander.com tips||Warriors by 44|
|Average||Warriors by 32|
KR v. WILDCATS
This could be a cracking game both teams have injuries but are capable on
The hosts just didn't have enough in their CC game and the same applies to
the puddy cats so now all focus is on a top 8 challenge.
Both coaches will be feeling the pressure bit I think Agar has more time
and faith on his side than his opposite number Mr whinercock.
With Boom forward Paterson suspended and the growing unrest amongst the
locals i think this is primed for the visitors to pile on the woe.
A pretty close game but I think an away win is on the cards and that could
seal the home coaches departure.
Wakey by 8.
|rhinoms tips||Wildcats by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||KR by 6|
|Average||Wildcats by 1|
RHINOS v. SAINTS
It's a return to Monday night SL and the 1st game is at HQ between two sides
desperate for the two points for very different reasons.
The Champs return to home soil on the back of another deserved loss at the
hands of the Giants and they know they didn't perform at all.
The visitors really need some kind of confidence boost to get their SL
season back on track and without Lomax and Roby to name just two of their
absentees they have struggled big time.
The weekend off will have given Brown extra time to get some combinations
more in sync and i think they'll give us a tough match.
It's all about bouncing back for Sir Kev and co and to be fair they've
responded well to losses this year and I think we'll grind the visitors down
to ensure a return to winning ways.
Rhinos by 10.
|rhinoms tips||Rhinos by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Rhinos by 16|
|Average||Rhinos by 13|
NOTE-This Monday sees the Rhinos u19's revert to the curtain raiser matches
at HQ v their Saints counterparts so get there early and cheer on the unbeaten
If you are travelling to a game enjoy the action and have a safe journey.
thanks for reading.