Here are this weeks previews.
VIKINGS v. WARRIORS
Both sides have added to their respective squads but not in huge numbers for the hosts they’ll hope Clarkson & Manakafoa will add steel to their pack as will the Pies with Partrick & Mossop.
The visitors will be determined to rectify last years Grand Final loss whereas the Hosts will be aiming for a bigger impact on the play-off series.
The Vikings know they can beat the visitors on home turf as the records show but the new format and an OT loss still raw I expect the Pies to be fired up and too strong.
Wigan by 10.
|rhinoms tips||Warriors by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Warriors by 18|
|Average||Warriors by 14|
SAINTS v. DRAGONS
The defending Champions welcome many peoples dark horses for Old Trafford when the Dragons visit Langtree Park.
For the Hosts they will actually be able to start with 2 recognised Half Backs which is somewhat of a novelty whereas the visitors have added 'Enfant Terrible' to their ranks in the shape of Todd Carney.
Two big packs will go head to head and whilst very cliché who wins that battle will decide which pair of very creative HB’s has the most say in who wins.
Roby v Henderson Lomax v Escare` Oldfield v Makinson are just a taster of the interesting match ups across the park but I think home advantage will prove decisive.
ST’s by 14.
|rhinoms tips||Saints by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Saints by 6|
|Average||Saints by 10|
WOLVES v. DEVILS
The hosts are amongst the favourites for glory once again and although they’ve only added three signings of note, two of those are box office in the form of Clark and Sims.
The visitors arrive having spent more money (SC my arris) & have aspirations of challenging for trophies after a car crash on and off the field in 2014.
On their day the Devils will be a strong and skilful team no doubts at all but playing for ££ will only get you so far and I doubt they have it in them to beat the Wire at home.
Wire by 16.
|rhinoms tips||Wolves by 16|
|SouthStander.com tips||Wolves by 8|
|Average||Wolves by 12|
TIGERS v. WILDCATS
Last years surprise package welcome this years relegation favourites to the Jungle and both squads have seen plenty of incomings and outgoings.
We saw last year how good Daryl Powell is as a Coach but he faces a bigger test this season having lost the likes of Huby and Clark amongst others plus they are now a target for other clubs.
For Wakey I can only see a long tough season and their best of hope of “success” is starting 2016 still in Super League.
It will be fierce these neighbours have very little love for each other if any at all but I think starting at home gives the Tiggers the edge.
Tigers by 8.
|rhinoms tips||Tigers by 8|
|SouthStander.com tips||Tigers by 8|
|Average||Tigers by 8|
GIANTS v. FC
Now firmly established amongst the stronger teams the hosts welcome big spending under achieving FC first up.
Once again the B&W’s have been spending but once again I’d question the quality of some of that spending not least Pryce who hasn’t been a “Top Half back” for years.
The hosts have added one or two to their ranks but will once again be relying Brough to lead their charge for trophies.
Home win for me it may be closer than some expect but I just see the visitors as contenders or good enough to get the win.
Giants by 10.
|rhinoms tips||Giants by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Giants by 6|
|Average||Giants by 8|
KR v. RHINOS
The Robins have signed 13 players this year which is a huge amount and it will take them a while to gel and get going but with the new format will their Coach be given the time?
The CC holders are the visitors in a repeat of 2014’s opening fixture and the Blue n Amber would welcome a repeat score-line where they ran out comfortable winners.
With only Cuthbertson added to visitors ranks they have stability amongst their squad but questions about the ageing stars amongst them despite the presence of some promising young guns and a back line that is top class.
I think it will be tougher than last year but the quality within the visitors ranks should be enough to take the spoils and start their campaign with a W.
Rhinos by 14.
|rhinoms tips||Rhinos by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Rhinos by 18|
|Average||Rhinos by 16|
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