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rhinoms Superleague XVIII Previews - Play Off 1
Posted by southstander on September 11 2013 - 16:11:44

by rhinoms

Here we go, the most open play-off series for years!

The play-offs are with us and it is Saints who find themselves in the covented fifth spot, which the Rhinos have made their own in previous years. We'll lose two sides at the weekend with the smart money on seventh and eighth placed sides in the regular season being the ones to drop out.

Warrington are 11/5 favourites to pick up the coveted trophy with the Rhinos second favourites at 11/4. The Giants are 10/3, Wigan 4/1, Saints 12/1, FC a startling 40/1, Catalans 50/1 and poor KR a massive 125/1.

Read more here....

Finally after twenty-seven rounds of trying to get here the top eight is sorted and now the Competition starts for real as the race for Old Trafford and GF glory starts this weekend.

Here are this weeks previews.

GIANTS v. WARRIORS

With SKY moving games to Thursday nights it was no surprise the table topping Head Coach rested his best players for sundays non event at Odslum.

For the visiting Pies they arrive on the back of a good beating as the Champs upped the gears and switched to "Play off" mode at the pie dome last week.

The Giants should be firm favourites given the Pies have lost so many SL games over the last 2 months and when the hosts have hit a blip they've recovered immediately.

There are still plenty of questions for the Giants to answer about their GF challenge and they'll get the chance to reply to the 1st one on thursday. The visitors are still a tough team to beat ,pose a threat going forward and will challenge for the win for the full 80 minutes but I think the CC win has finished them for the year so I think the home side will take the win. Giants by 10.

rhinoms tipsGiants by 10
SouthStander.com tipsGiantsby 16
AverageGiants by 13

FC v. DRAGONS

Although securing some decent wins this year the hosts have failed miserably to be the world class outfit their mouth almighty owner predicted they would be.

After an awful showing in the CC final and beating Wigans Acadamy by one point they were shown to be woefully short on quality last week when Saints battered them.

The Dragons on paper have a more than capable team with the likes of Dereau ,Webb and the ageless Menzies but whilst they can grind they lack that "Coups De Gras".

It will be pretty tough upfront and a hard fought battle even if it lacks top quality but with two average teams battling it out in sudden death I think home advantage will swing it the Cods way.

FC by 8.

rhinoms tipsFC by 8
SouthStander.com tipsFC by 6
AverageFC by 7

WOLVES v. RHINOS

This is the game of the weekend last years two GF teams and the play off war of 2011 involving these 2 really sets this game up perfectly.

Both teams secured good away wins on the final W/E of the regular season but its the visitors who arrive on the back of the better performance.

TS and his team will know just as the rest of the play off contenders do that this the time of the year when the Blue 'n' Amber up the gears and start getting everything right.

The Wolves are capable of blowing any team away in the first twenty minutes of any game and as we all know only too well TS will encourage his team to throw the ball around irrespective of field position.

Its another tough test for the defending Champs but again its these tests that they relish but also its a huge mental test for hosts do they believe they can beat us at this time of year?

With Jamie "The Machine" Peacock ,Sir Kev and the relentless work rate of messrs Delaney and Jjb I think its an away win in another classic.

Rhinos by 7.

rhinoms tipsRhinos by 7
SouthStander.com tipsRhinos by 2
AverageRhinos by 5

SAINTS v. KR

After an injury nightmare and some shocking defeats this year the hosts are finally starting to look like the team that can challenge again.

The visitors arrive on the back of a shocking home loss to the Broncos and with the injuries starting to bite at the wrong time.

I think the visitors will compete for an hour but doubt they have enough quality and confidence to win or even make a serious challenge in this one.

A return to the fast free flowing stuff for the plastic scousers and a straight forward win.

ST's by 16.

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rhinoms tipsSaints by 16
SouthStander.com tipsSaints by 8
AverageSaints by 12

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

Thanks for reading.

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