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rhinoms Superleague XIX Previews - Round 3
Posted by southstander on February 26 2014 - 13:21:07

by rhinoms

We've got the full seven Superleague fixtures this weekend and with three games being televised we are in for a great live and armschair spectacle.

Many neutrals will be looking forward to the clash of the weekend as the Saints host Dr Cash and his Salford Red Devils, but then attention turns to intriguing Friday night games between KR and the Tigers and The Rhinos at Catalans Dragons.

We preview the action here.....

This week its Round 3 and we are down to just five unbeaten teams with four of those carrying a 100% record, one of which will be lost when the big spending Devils meet the re-born Saints.

Here are this weeks previews.

DEVILS v. SAINTS

Two of the 100% teams meet at the AJ Bell Stadium on Thursday and its the biggest test yet of how well Nobby has spent the mouthy Dr's .

The Saints stuttered to a win against the Cod eads last week which proves they are not quite the finished article Sky would have us believe after week one.

Both teams are missing players but the Devils will suffer the loss more without Roger Chase their mercurial 6 so more weight of creative burden falls onto Tim Smiths shoulders.

I think the hosts will give the Saints a decent game for an hour but once Roby gets fast quality ball the visitors will secure the win.

ST's by 14.

rhinoms tipsSaints by 14
SouthStander.com tipsSaints by 6
AverageSaints by 10

DRAGONS v. RHINOS

Another 100% team travel to the south of france and its looking likely they will be without their Leader "Sir Kev" due to an ankle injury picked up in the hard fought win v Wire last week.

The hosts are reeling from losing their creative 7 with the news that Dereua will miss 3/4 months with a torn bicep.

With a couple of suspensions and 2 poor defeats already the pressure is building on the Catalans Coaching staff.

As we all know playing the Dragons at home is always easier than travelling to their paddock but Blue 'n' Amber although still scrappy are looking confident and with the quality of that back line the impact of losing Sinfield should prove to be minimal.

Rhinos by 16.

rhinoms tipsRhinos by 16
SouthStander.com tipsRhinos by 16
AverageRhinos by 16

KR v. TIGERS

A great comeback last week will give their confidence a huge boost when they scored 3 late trys to secure a draw against the Giants.

For the duelling banjos the wagon train heads east with a 100% record and sitting top of the league.

After losing both new FR arrivals to bans the Robins will be hoping the Walker brothers "make it easy on themselves" and lead them to a first win.

Coach Powell has proved that the Tiggers are far more than a 1 man team and with the likes of Clark ,Sneyd and Finn taking the creative reigns they will be confident of making it 3/3 in the W column.

It should be a decent game but the momentum behind the Tiggers points to an away win for me.

Cas by 8.

rhinoms tipsTigers by 8
SouthStander.com tipsKR by 4
AverageTigers by 2

VIKINGS v. GIANTS

Unfortunately for the Vikings the visiting Giants let a three try lead slip late on last week so i expect the hosts to feel the full backlash.

Although they've improved year on year since regaining their SL place the host are still way off challenging the top 4/5.

Mono-Brow and co will still have the stinging criticism from their head coach ringing in their ears and prove to be too fast and too powerful for Brown and his mates.

Giants by 14.

rhinoms tipsGiants by 14
SouthStander.com tipsGiants by 26
AverageGiants by 20

BULLS v. BRONCOS

It's a wooden spoon showdown on paper as SL's pub team visit Odslum.

For the hosts they will be fired up after another off-field kick in the nuts in the shape of a six point deduction which effectively wiped out their first win in a dour battle against Wakey.

The hosts have shown plenty of resolve on the pitch at least over the last couple of seasons and this is the perfect fixture to wipe another two points off that deficit.

The Nags are going down so they will be looking for positives from the younger members of their squad as planning for life in the Championship begins already.

Dulls by 18.

rhinoms tipsBulls by 18
SouthStander.com tipsBulls by 14
AverageBulls by 16

WOLVES v. FC

After back to back defeats some of the natives are growing restless and the pressure will be on TS' team to get their campaign up and running.

The visitors trawl into town after losing a winning lead at Saints last week when this time their dodgy defence cost them.

However the visitors have a recent record of upsetting the hosts at the HJ so will still be confident and the hosts know this.

It should be a decent battle but I think the home sides desperation for the win will just give them enough for the points.

Wire by 8.

rhinoms tipsWolves by 8
SouthStander.com tipsWolves by 6
AverageWolves by 8

WARRIORS v. WILDCATS

After suffering a hiding in the WCC the Pies will return home looking to take out their heavy defeat on someone and this week its Wakey.

To be fair Wanes team showed some real guts and flashes of quality in Sydney but came up way short which doesn't bode well for the visitors.

For Wakey after losing out on a goal kick against the Reds they stank the place out when losing to the Dulls last week with countless errors and weak defending.

Its a home banker with the Pies determined to show why they won the double last year and the hosts having far too many problems and weakness' to sort out in the space of a week.

Pies by 16.

rhinoms tipsWarriors by 16
SouthStander.com tipsWarriors by 24
AverageWarriors by 20

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

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