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Rhinos Superleague XIX Previews - Round 24
Posted by southstander on August 13 2014 - 13:40:15

by rhinoms

So...a weekend of Superleague fixtures to build the suspense between the Challenge Cup semi-finals and the exodus to Wembley!

It is highly likely that both the Tigers and the Rhinos will be 'resting' players ahead of their London trip, but this is more likely to be to the detriment of Castleford who travel to Warrington than the Rhinos who have a journey dress rehearsal with a trip to play the Broncos.

Elsewhere you'd expect the Saints, Warriors and Giants to keep up pressure for the Minor Premiership.

We preview the action here.....

As we hit the final furlong the fact the final top eight order is far from settled makes this the closest Superleague in terms of final League standings since the Play offs were reintroduced and long may it continue.

Here are this weeks previews.

KR v. WARRIORS

The hosts still have feint hopes for 8th but need a win to close the 3pt gap to 8th placed Widnes.

The Pies will have top spot firmly in their sights now their CC defence is long gone and are boosted by key players returning to the team.

The Robins are very inconsistent and like a few others capable of an upset on their day but I doubt they will have enough in this one.

The silverback will have his Pies ready and fired up for this one which will prove too much for the hosts.

Pies by 16.

rhinoms tipsWarriors by 16
SouthStander.com tipsWarriors by 20
AverageWarriors by 18

DEVILS v. DRAGONS

Despite a mini revival the big spenders are now firmly put in their place outside the top eight and sending a clear message to Dr Mouthpiece that big spending and mouthing off mean very little in RL.

The Dragons are awful away from home but will be confident of tightening their grip on a top 8 spot in this one.

The fact the hosts are playing for pride makes them dangerous but I think the visitors will be too strong and secure a rare away win.

Dragons by 10.

rhinoms tipsDragons by 10
SouthStander.com tipsDevils by 6
AverageDragons by 2

SAINTS v. WILDCATS

Despite their injury woes the hosts are still firmly in the hunt for top spot whereas the visitors are firmly looking at 2015 after securing safety with plenty to spare.

The visitors are capable of upsetting the odds just like many teams have proved this year but the fact that STís still have points to play for makes them strong favourites.

It may be a contest for the first half but the home side should have enough quality and determination to get the points.

STís by 14.

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

WOLVES v. TIGERS

After their CC semi-final defeat the hosts will now focus on a top 3 finish and after getting comprehensively beaten they will come out fired up.

In contrast Powell's high flying Tigers arrive confident and with the buzz of knowing they are in a major final for the first time in years.

I expect a few changes to the visitors line up with Wembley in mind and also the possibility that their players will be looking one week ahead.

A convincing home win shouldnít surprise anyone which may take some gloss off this fixture but it shouldnít be too easy.

Wire by 16.

rhinoms tipsWolves by 16
SouthStander.com tipsWolves by 16
AverageWolves by 16

BULLS v. FC

The relegated home side welcome the average B+Wís and will get a heroes welcome after their deserved Derby win at HQ a couple of weeks ago.

The visitors are playing for pride and Coach Radfords future and after beating STís last time out will have a bit more confidence.

After 2 amazing wins against the Pies and Rhinos Jimmy Lowes is starting to make his mark on this squad albeit too little too late.

However I think the home side still lack quality and will come unstuck as I canít see them being as fired up for this as their previous 2 games.

FC by 10.

rhinoms tipsFC by 10
SouthStander.com tipsBulls by 10
AverageDRAW

GIANTS v. VIKINGS

The host still have top 3 ambitions and the visit of the forlorn Vikings should boost that charge.

The visitors were blown away in their CC tie and there be a Cup hangover this week.

We know how well the visitors can play but they lack consistency and real squad wide quality which I think will be exposed again this week.

The Vikings will be determined to bounce back from last week but it wonít be enough here.

Giants by 14.

rhinoms tipsGiants by 14
SouthStander.com tipsGiants by 10
AverageGiants by 12

BRONCOS v. RHINOS

After a convincing CC win the Blue Ďní Amber head south for the first of 2 visits in 2 weeks to the capital albeit a much lower key journey this week.

A chance to rest some key players ,get some young guns game time and put this fixture to bed before the real preparations start for the Cup final.

Rhinos by 22.

rhinoms tipsRhinos by 22
SouthStander.com tipsRhinos by 18
AverageRhinos by 20

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

Thanks for reading.

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