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 tips||Saints by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Saints by 6|
|Average||Saints 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 tips||Rhinos by 16|
|SouthStander.com tips||Rhinos by 16|
|Average||Rhinos 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 tips||Tigers by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||KR by 4|
|Average||Tigers 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 tips||Giants by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Giants by 26|
|Average||Giants 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
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
Dulls by 18.
|rhinoms tips||Bulls by 18|
|SouthStander.com tips||Bulls by 14|
|Average||Bulls 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 tips||Wolves by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||Wolves by 6|
|Average||Wolves 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
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 tips||Warriors by 16|
|SouthStander.com tips||Warriors by 24|
|Average||Warriors by 20|
If you are travelling to a game have a safe journey and enjoy the action.
Thanks for reading.