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 tips||Rhinos by 7|
|SouthStander.com tips||Rhinos by 6|
|Average||Rhinos 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 tips||FC by 26|
|SouthStander.com tips||FC by 14|
|Average||FC 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 tips||Saints by 38|
|SouthStander.com tips||Saints by 20|
|Average||Saints 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 tips||Warriors by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Warriors by 14|
|Average||Warriors 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 tips||Tigers by 10|
|SouthStander.com tips||Tigers by 4|
|Average||Tigers 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 tips||Wolves by 14|
|SouthStander.com tips||Wolves by 14|
|Average||Wolves by 14|
If you are travelling to a game have a safe journey and enjoy the action.
Thanks for reading.