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rhinoms Superleague XVIII Previews - Round 16
Posted by southstander on May 23 2013 - 08:39:31

by rhinoms

It is the weekend that the entire Rugby Football League decamps to Manchester for the Magic weekend.

There are some cracking fixtures to witness in the flesh, or enjoy from your armchair, as all seven games are broadcast live by SKY. Whilst the Tigers v. Wildcats, the Hull derby and the Giants v. Bradford will all whet the appetite, the main attractions are a resurgent Saints against the Wolves and the climax to the weekend as the Rhinos take on the Warriors.

Read more here....

This week the Superleague heads west en-masse for the Magic weekend and the fixtures reveal some interesting match ups and some that aren't.

Here are this weeks previews.

DRAGONS v. BRONCOS

The bonanza starts with the expansion derby so expect quite a few empty seats.

For the Dragons they are boosted by the news that midfield General Scott Dereau and its great to see him back after a long and nasty illness.

The Broncos were destroyed as predicted last time out and this is another game where the score could get messy for the southerners.

It may be competitive for an hour but the French outfit have too much power upfront and pace out wide and will take the spoils with plenty to spare in the end.

Dragons by 20.

rhinoms tipsDragons by 20
SouthStander.com tipsDragons by 28
AverageDragons by 24

TIGERS v. WILDCATS

The first real derby of the weekend and both teams really need a confidence building win.

Coach Powell has already had a positive start with his tiggers when they put up a respectable effort in france last time out and only lost by 9.

The Puddy cats really are struggling and conceding 40+ away at the inconsistent Robins won't help their cause either.

Wakefield normally do ok in these matches but i just don't think they have enough to win this one.

It should be entertaining with plenty of big hits and points but for me Powell will just have the edge over Agar.

Cas by 8.

rhinoms tipsTigers by 8
SouthStander.com tipsWildcats by 2
AverageTigers by 3

FC v. KR

It's Cod Wars for game three and the B+W's have revenge on their minds not only for last years loss but also the more recent home defeat at Easter which hurt their pride and ego.

For the Robins they put some good games together then some really bad and this could be key to Whingercock retaining his job or not.

The key to this game is the return of Ellis and Holdsworth for FC whereas big gun forward Patterson is missing for Rovers and that's what will give the B+W's the edge in my opinion.

It should be a belter and uncompromising but the Red Red Robin won't Bobbing along to the 2 points on this occasion.

FC by 14.

rhinoms tipsFC by 14
SouthStander.com tipsFC by 2
AverageFC by 8

SAINTS v. WOLVES

After a stunning and well deserved comeback win at HQ the ST's will look to build some winning momentum when they meet their old beatches the Wire.

For TS and his men they were shocked themselves last week losing at home to FC when two scores in front.

Although there are stacks of positives for the ST's from mondays game they were awful for 20 minutes and I'm not sure the Wire will fold as easily as the Rhinos did.

It's set to be a great game and should end Day 1 in style but for me Wire have the edge with Ts having his side fired up for this one.

Wire by 10.

rhinoms tipsWolves by 10
SouthStander.com tipsWolves by 14
AverageWolves by 12

REDS v. VIKINGS

Not the best of match ups but at least we know there'll be points scored because both teams have question marks defensively especially the Reds.

Hock will be a loss for the Vikings but they should have too much firepower should they turn up with the right attitude.

Noble may have to wait till the off season to have a serious impact when he can spend DR Koukash's dosh but for now he'll lose far more than he wins.

Vikings by 16.

rhinoms tipsVikings by 16
SouthStander.com tipsReds by 6
AverageVikings by 5

BULLS v. GIANTS

The second place Giants get a chance for revenge in this one after a mauling at Odslum earlier in the year.

The Bulls are very up and down but are far from a top 4 contender and I think this will highlight that fact.

The Giants are keen to maintain their challenge and their grip on 2nd spot and if they hit form this could get messy for the Bulls.

I think the Bulls will do well to keep it under a 20 point deficit which I think they can without really troubling the Giants.

Giants by 14.

rhinoms tipsGiants by 14
SouthStander.com tipsGiants by 6
AverageGiants by 10

RHINOS v. WARRIORS

The weekend ends with a huge clash between to old and still enemies.

The champs are on a two game losing streak where their earlier defensive steel has melted and their disjointed attack isn't doing enough.

For the Pies no matter the 17 they go from win to win and are easily the form team and strong favourites here with an extra point to prove after their 4 point loss earlier when Rat Boy was injured.

There's real intense rivalry and to be fair although the Rhinos are easily under-dogs they've shown they can take their opponents out in big games irrespective of form and team sheets.

If the scores are close at H/T I think we'll just edge it as our confidence grows but we can't let them get 2/3 scores in front and on a roll.

I think we'll need to replicate the CC and P/O win and I think we will in a tight game.

Rhinos by 2.

rhinoms tipsRhinos by 2
SouthStander.com tipsWarriors by 14
AverageWarriors by 6

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

Thanks for reading.

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