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rhinoms Superleague XIX Previews - Round 25
Posted by southstander on August 27 2014 - 12:54:46

by rhinoms

All sides except the Rhinos and the Tigers have had a weekends rest to prepare themselves for the last three Superleague fixtures. It's a definite advantage as the Rhinos come up against the league leaders in a match which could see an end to their challenge for top spot, and the Tigers are licking their Challenge Cup wounds ahead of a visit from the Bradford Bulls.

But there are intriguing match-ups across the fixture list as the Giants travel to Warrington, the Warriors visit Widnes, the Devils take on the Wildcats and the Humberside derby splits a city for the last time this season.

We preview the action here.....

After a week off for the Challenge Cup Final the Superleague returns and with places still up for grabs amongst the top eight not least amongst the top four itís all to play for.

Here are this weeks previews.

WOLVES v. GIANTS

With both teams having 32pts they will have their sights firmly set on a top 3 spot.

It promises to be a full bloodied encounter with plenty of firepower amongst both line ups so home advantage could prove crucial.

Both sides are serious contenders for a GF spot and this clash is the perfect opportunity for one team to lay down a marker with the play offs on the horizon.

It should be a quality game ,both have had a weeks rest and their squads are in decent shape injury wise so hopefully they will serve up a classic.

This really could go either way but I think home advantage & the CC semi-final exit will give Wire the edge.

Wire by 8.

rhinoms tipsWolves by 8
SouthStander.com tipsWolves by 12
AverageWolves by 10

FC v. KR

Itís the final ďCod WarĒ of 2014 when the Fishy rivals go head to head on B+W turf & itís the first non-televised clash since the Robins returned to SL.

Both Teams have rookie Coaches now the visitors have confirmed Chester as their permanent head man on a 3yr deal.

Irrespective of League standings and ordinary campaigns it will be full bloodied with both desperate to give their fan base the bragging rights.

Itís another 50/50 game but I think the Robins have a bit more quality at HB & the fact they have feint hopes for the top 8 should be enough to get the spoils.

KR by 7.

rhinoms tipsKR by 7
SouthStander.com tipsKR by 4
AverageKR by 6

RHINOS v. SAINTS

Itís 1st v 3rd as the newly crowned CC holders entertain the League Leaders at HQ.

After finally breaking their Wembley hoodoo the Blue Ďní Amber have set their sights on top spot or at the very least a top 3 berth.

The visitors arrive still top of the league but missing key men all over the park although they will hope to take advantage of any cup hangover that may still be lingering.

Itís still a tough fixture despite the visitors injury list as the Rhinos and fan base alike will know from past experience so they should be ready to do battle.

Itís set to be a carnival atmosphere as the Cup heroes return to SL action in what will be their last regular SL home fixture so I think they will be fired up to lay down a marker.

A tougher game than some may expect but i think the Rhinos will have enough determination and more importantly too much quality to take the spoils.

Rhinos by 10.

rhinoms tipsRhinos by 10
SouthStander.com tipsSaints by 8
AverageRhinos by 1

VIKINGS v. WARRIORS

After semi-final heart-break the hosts are clinging onto 8th spot by a thread so they have to at the very least put a strong performance in to get over their Cup demons.

The Pies are now chasing top spot after their reign as Cup Holders officially came to an end and with key players back fit they will be a tough force.

The hosts need to replicate their efforts from beating Wire a few weeks ago anything other than that and it could be a hiding.

I donít think Bettís team have enough quality to win but they need a confidence building performance to take forward if they are to make the top 8.

It could be close for an hour but I think the top teams will start upping the gears & unfortunately for the hosts they canít match that.

Pies by 14.

rhinoms tipsWarriors by 14
SouthStander.com tipsWarriors by 22
AverageWolves by 18

DRAGONS v. BRONCOS

The home side are clinging onto 7th but this is the perfect fixture to give themselves some breathing space.

The visitors arrive buzzing on the back of a stunning comeback win v the Rhinos and will be confident but this will be another reality check as they are brought back down to earth with a bang.

Dragons by 26.

rhinoms tipsDragons by 26
SouthStander.com tipsDragons by 42
AverageDragons by 34

TIGERS v. BULLS

Despite never giving up the beaten Cup finalists can have no complaints about the Wembley result the big test now is how they respond.

The hosts have been serious top 4 challengers all year so with only pts difference between them and 2nd they have plenty to play for if they can shake off their CC final woes.

The visitors arrive confident and in good form after beating the Pies ,Rhinos and Cod Eads in recent fixtures they are also boosted by many key players staying on for a promotion push.

Despite their good form this result all depends how Cas react after the weekend and I think Powell is a good enough Coach to pick his squad up and go for a top 4 spot.

It should be a cracking game but home advantage and the Tigers determination to bounce back will be too much for Jimmy and co.

Cas by 14.

rhinoms tipsTigers by 14
SouthStander.com tipsTigers by 6
AverageTigers by 10

WILDCATS v. DEVILS

With only pride to play for this could be quite an entertaining game as both sides like to attack but at the same time can be very open defensively.

I think it will be an end to end game with both sides trying to put on a show but I think the visitors hold the creative edge.

Another game that could go either way Tim Smith will be determined to show the Dr what he has lost whereas the visitors will hope to build on the systems Harris is putting in place.

The creative edge and strike out wide is in the visitors favour which should be enough to take the win.

Devils by 10.

rhinoms tipsDevils by 10
SouthStander.com tipsWildcats by 6
AverageDevils by 2

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

Thanks for reading.

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