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rhinoms Superleague XX Previews - Round 13
Posted by southstander on April 29 2015 - 17:48:22

by rhinoms

It's a quirky weekend from the fixture computer as five of the games look like nailed-on home bankers, the exception being the Rhinos visit to the Huddersfield Giants looking to bounce back after last weekends disappointing home loss to the Warrington Wolves.

Elsewhere Saints welcome cannon-fodder Wakefield and the Warriors take on Hull KR while the Black and White half of the city should have an easy time of it against an injury and suspension ravaged Red Devils.

We take a look ahead to this weekends action here.....

This week we officially start the second half of the season as we enter round 13 and the Rhinos still lead the way but their big defeat against Wire cut that lead into four points whereas Wakey are still adrift at the bottom.

Here are this weeks previews.

GIANTS v. RHINOS

The Rhinos make the short trip down the M62 where the 4th placed Giants will be fired up & wanting revenge for their loss in the reverse fixture.

With only 2pts separating 4th to 9th the pressure will be on the home side to maintain their top 4 challenge whereas for the visitors they will be determined to bounce back after a comprehensive defeat v Wire last week.

Recent history between these two is firmly in favour of a home and the hosts do know more than anyone else in SL how to beat the Rhinos but the League Leaders do look a better team this year.

A tough game and once again whichever pack/9 takes control will determine who takes the win so I expect the visitors to have learned their lesson from last week and be better prepared.

A close hard fought game but I think the Rhinos have enough to bounce back and maintain their 4pt cushion at the top of the league.

Rhinos by 7

rhinoms tipsRhinos by 7
SouthStander.com tipsRhinos by 6
AverageRhinos by 6

FC v. DEVILS

Eleventh placed FC sit 3 points adrift of the top 8 and thatís also the gap to the 7th placed visitors.

Due to suspensions and an injury crisis Dr Mouthpiece requested this game to be postponed but it was refused by both the B&Wís and the RFL so this could get messy.

With both teams desperate for differing reasons it could make for an entertaining game but with players like Gleeson and Watkins being rumoured to be coming out of retirement for the Devils it doesnít sound good.

If the hosts are to make a serious charge for the play-offs this is the type of game they should be winning comfortably and I think theyíll do a job on the visitors.

Anything under a 36pt+ defeat for the visitors can be seen as a positive given their current strife but itís going to be a long night.

FC by 26

rhinoms tipsFC by 26
SouthStander.com tipsFC by 14
AverageFC by 20

SAINTS v. WILDCATS

After a morale boosting win v Widnes last week the STís will see this as a the perfect fixture to boost their points difference when SLís basement boys Wakey visit.

After pushing Wigan last week the visitors will have a bit more confidence but they donít enough to beat STís and I think this will be another long night for the Puddy Cats.

STís by 38

rhinoms tipsSaints by 38
SouthStander.com tipsSaints by 20
AverageSaints by 29

WARRIORS v. KR

The hosts were below par v Wakey last week despite winning so expect them to be fired up especially as they lost to the Robins earlier in the year.

The visitors were their own worst enemies last week in France and deservedly got beat but they now they can beat the Pies and when they get it right they have plenty of firepower.

It should be a tough close game and if the Robins exciting HBís of Kelly and Campese get a say they will certainly put Smiler Wane and his team under pressure.

On paper an entertaining match in prospect which could go either way but home advantage and with revenge in mind swings it the Pies way for me.

Pies by 10.

rhinoms tipsWarriors by 10
SouthStander.com tipsWarriors by 14
AverageWarriors by 12

TIGERS v. DRAGONS

Another fixture where the hosts will have revenge in time after the Tiggers suffered a controversial defeat in France earlier this year.

The Dragons arrive after a morale boosting win against a good Robins side at home last week.

For Cas despite nicking an away win last time out they will be determined to improve as well as putting the record straight.

We all know the visitors just donít travel well at all so to have one of the hardest away fixtures in SL wonít make it any easier.

Although the Dragons will be hard to beat I think the host are starting to find their mojo and at home that makes them a dangerous team.

Cas by 10.

rhinoms tipsTigers by 10
SouthStander.com tipsTigers by 4
AverageTigers by 7

WOLVES v. VIKINGS

After dismantling the League Leaders away last week TS will expect his team to back that up with another win to prove they arenít one game wonders.

For the Vikings they know how to beat their neighbours and after losing last week they will see this a great chance to bounce back.

Expect plenty of fireworks but with the Hosts targeting the top 4 and taking confidence from last week I expect a home win.

Wire by 14

rhinoms tipsWolves by 14
SouthStander.com tipsWolves by 14
AverageWolves by 14

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

Thanks for reading.

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