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rhinoms Superleague XVIII Previews - Round 22
Posted by southstander on July 18 2013 - 07:41:41

by rhinoms

With no team yet mathematically in the top eight, the remaining six (or seven if you are Leeds or Wakefield) games of the season is where the action is.

Castleford and Widnes will still have outside hopes of the eight, Bradford and hanging in with a small chance, and Wakefield must fancy their chances. Hull FC and St. Helens look a little precarious in seventh and eighth and the Catalans and Hull KR aren't guaranteed their play-off places.

Two wins in a week for the Wildcats would see them just two points behind the Champions.

Read more here....

After a break for the Tetley's Challenge Cup quarter finals we return to the "final furlong" of SuperLeague and this week it's Round 22.

Here are this weeks previews.

BULLS v. FC

After throwing away a winning lead at the pie-dome a fortnight ago the hosts are growing more desperate for a win if they are to scrape a top eight spot.

The visitors trawl into town after a netting a deserved CC win in France last week and they will see that as a confidence boosting win to build on.

the hosts just bounce from one loss to the next and although they can look on their late defeat against the pies as one that got away they really are on a poor run of form.

Despite the expected return of Sammutt and a close call a fortnight ago the hosts lack quality as well as confidence and I don't think they'll be good enough this week either.

FC by 14.

rhinoms tipsFC by 14
SouthStander.com tipsFC by 6
AverageFC by 10

RHINOS v. WILDCATS

The Champs return to HQ this week for Part I of the back to back SuperLeague games v Wakey and it looks like the visitors are replicating last years late run of wins to compete for a top eight spot.

The Champs can take a lot of confidence from a narrow loss at high flying Wire last time out when they actually scored 4 tries to 3 but missed goal kicks proved costly.

The visitors love upsetting the odds and are on a winning streak so expect a close game but they are missing a couple of key players whilst the Champs are still missing 6 starters they welcome Kylie and Delaney back and I expect home advantage to swing it the Champs way.

Rhinos by 10.

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

REDS v. DRAGONS

This looks like a dour game on paper the hosts are still losing but scoring points whereas the visitors were awful last week and once they make 1 or 2 errors they lose all composure and look average.

I'd still expect a comfortable away win but at what standard is anybodies guess but at least the hosts know they are 1 step closer to 2014 when they expect to have a better team and more quality to select from.

Dragons by 18.

rhinoms tipsDragons by 18
SouthStander.com tipsDragons by 26
AverageDragons by 22

VIKINGS v. BRONCOS

Defence wins games is a classic RL cliché well not in this fixture because neither can defend.

For the hosts the less said about last week the better whilst the visitors made hard work of beating part timers.

2 awful teams but at least the home side are capable of scoring some good tries and have improved on last year whereas the southerners go from worse to dross.

Home win and maybe 1 or 2 more transfer request to come north from the visitors squad. Vikings by 16.

rhinoms tipsVikings by 16
SouthStander.com tipsVikings by 24
AverageVikings by 20

GIANTS v. TIGERS

The visitors have improved under Powell and seem a better structured and happier team.

For the home side they will be determined to show last weeks CC choke isn't a repeat of seasons past and that they remain serious GF contenders.

I expect a home win in a competitive match but Cas at home isn't a real test of character after a pasting and harder test and questions will come for McBrough and co.

Giants by 14.

rhinoms tipsGiants by 14
SouthStander.com tipsGiants by 22
AverageGiants by 18

WOLVES v. KR

The Wire looked dominant against a poor Giants team last week but the visitors are the "jekyl and hyde" of SL this year.

I think the hosts are gaining momentum for a Wembley run and the play-offs which will make this game even harder than expected for the visitors.

This could be a very good match IF the visitors repeat some of their better form plus the Champs showed 2 weeks ago that the home side aren't invincible but i just think the hosts will up the gears and prove too strong.

Wire by 14.

rhinoms tipsWolves by 14
SouthStander.com tipsWolves by 30
AverageWolves by 22

SAINTS v. WARRIORS

The Monday night game is the ST's/Pie derby at Langtree Park.

This will still have the blood and thunder of usual games between these two but the hosts are a weaker and unbalanced side this year.

The Pies will be firm favourites and rightly so and whilst I expect the hosts to fight for the full 80 minutes they lack quality and confidence which will cost them again.

A tough game but the finishing power and quality should be enough for the visitors in a close game.

Pies by 13.

rhinoms tipsWarriors by 13
SouthStander.com tipsWarriors by 24
AverageWarriors by 18

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

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