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 tips||Warriors by 16|
|SouthStander.com tips||Warriors by 20|
|Average||Warriors 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 tips||Dragons by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Devils by 6|
|Average||Dragons 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 tips||Saints by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Saints by 6|
|Average||Saints 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 tips||Wolves by 16|
|SouthStander.com tips||Wolves by 16|
|Average||Wolves 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 tips||FC by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Bulls by 10|
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 tips||Giants by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Giants by 10|
|Average||Giants 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 tips||Rhinos by 22|
|SouthStander.com tips||Rhinos by 18|
|Average||Rhinos by 20|
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