After week 1 the likes of the Giants and Rhinos have opened with convincing away wins but the ST's really laid down a marker by destroying some peoples favourites Wire on their own patch which showed they are going to be serious contenders this year.|
This week it's week 2 with a WCC thrown in as a bonus.
Here are this weeks Previews.
WILDCATS v. BULLS
The un-fancied hosts really proved they shouldn't be under-rated after a narrow defeat at the big spending devils.
The visitors started brightly and actually lead the game three times v Cas at home but as we all knew they weren't good enough in the end.
Whilst i doubt either will trouble the top 8 places this already could set the tone for avoiding a bottom two slot with the Nags favourites for one its between these two and Cas for the other spot in my opinion.
I think home advantage, better recruitment and the spirit the Puddy cats showed last week will do them good whereas the visitors are on a downward spiral which wont stop this week.
A tough game in prospect that may at times lack serious quality but the desperation of both Clubs should add to the spice on offer.
Wakey by 10.
|rhinoms tips||Wildcats by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Wildcats by 6|
|Average||Wildcats by 8|
RHINOS v. WOLVES
The game of the weekend takes place at HQ when the Rhinos get their home campaign up and running against the visiting Wolf pack.
For the Blue 'n' Amber their class and pace out wide eventually told last week when they ran in 6 unanswered second half trys against the shell shocked Robins.
However the complete opposite can be said of the visitors who after a early score were blown away by the rampaging ST's.
I expect a much closer and tougher game this week with TS no doubt ripping into his squad to get them ready to react this week but again i see our class out wide taking the spoils for the hosts.
Rhinos by 8.
|rhinoms tips||Rhinos by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||Rhinos by 16|
|Average||Rhinos by 12|
SAINTS v. FC
ST's v FC.
The hosts will be oozing confidence after the way they destroyed Wire last week whereas the visitors will have to improve ten fold to have a chance after an unconvincing stuttering win against the lack-lustre Dragons last week.
I fully expect a repeat of last week for the ST's with their power up front laying the platform for Walsh to lead his team to another win.
The Cod botherers may compete at times and even grab 1 or 2 scores along the way but they lack the quality and structure to get anything out of this match.
ST's by 16.
|rhinoms tips||Saints by 16|
|SouthStander.com tips||Saints by 12|
|Average||Saints by 14|
BRONCOS v. DEVILS
The less said about the whipping boy hosts opening game the better they were annihilated and i very much expect another convincing defeat this week when the big spending Devils head south.
Last week was a wake up call for Nobby and his mouth-piece owners expensive project so i think they'll want to be more composed and improve on their defence at the very least which shouldn't prove difficult given the opposition.
Reds by 26
|rhinoms tips||Devils by 26|
|SouthStander.com tips||Devils by 48|
|Average||Devils by 36|
GIANTS v. KR
Fresh after a week off the hosts will feel their season can finally get up and running when they entertain the red half of Cod City.
After a convincing hard fought win at the double winners 2 wks ago Mono-Brow and co will have plenty of confidence going into this match.
Already the visiting red and white army are missing new signing Weyman after his sh##-house tackling technique cost him a two game ban and i doubt their weakness out wide will have improved enough to get a win here.
Another Giant win and more questions than answers left for the Robins.
Giants by 14.
|rhinoms tips||Giants by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Giants by 26|
|Average||Giants by 20|
TIGERS v. DRAGONS
A solid away win last week for DP's new look Tiggers and with the likes of Daryl Clark leading the way Roger Chase will son be forgotten by the banjo duelling faithful.
The visitors were poor last week even though they showed some reasonable quality and spirit to mount a so near yet so far late come-back.
The home side will look to build on their win and should have too much for the visitors who will hopefully missing oxygen thief Elima for a long time.
For the visitors if they keep the scores close they do have some decent players but defensively i think they have too much to fix in just one week and I think they'll come up short again.
Cas by 10.
|rhinoms tips||Tigers by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Dragons by 4|
|Average||Tigers by 3|
WCC: ROOSTERS v. WARRIORS
It's finally happened a WCC in Oz and fair play to all involved in getting it sorted.
After a poor home defeat and a convincing friendly win against an under strength the Kiwi version of the Warriors the visitors don't seem the best prepared.
I wont write them off completely but its a tough ask to get the trophy this time around.
The hosts will be ready and looked a very strong team when winning their GF last year and with SBW leading the way the star studded Chooks should have just too much quality.
I think it will be brutal at times & the Pies will get stuck in and give it their al but come up just short.
Roosters by 12.
|rhinoms tips||Roosters by 12|
|SouthStander.com tips||Roosters by 16|
|Average||Roosters by 14|
If you are travelling to a game have a safe journey and enjoy the action.
Thanks for reading.