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Agent Provocateurs Look Ahead to Round 4
Posted by southstander on March 02 2007 - 09:56:58

Not AP!
by Agent Provocateur

In an attempt to and add a bit of controversy to your mid-week, we've asked Agent Provocateur to take a weekly look at the forthcoming Superleague Round and in his in inimitable way to give us his tips for the week.

Small children and those of a nervous disposition, may wish to avoid clicking the link below. But for those of you who can take it, here are AP's thoughts for Round 4.

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Here are my thoughts on this weekend's action in Super League Round 4.

ST HELENS V BRADFORD

Stains return to Super League action this week after demolishing the Brisbane Broncos last Friday night in the WCC, thus proving beyond a shadow of a doubt they are the best team in the world and Super League is a far superior competition than the NRL They’ll be without the world class Mike Bennett against the Bulls but the availability of cosmically stellar class talent of the increasingly endomorphic Keiron Cunningham should more than compensate. WCC hero Paul Sculthorpe misses out again after yet another knee operation yesterday.

The unbeaten Bulls will select from a full strength squad so Nathan McAvoy might still get a game . They are the only side with a 100% record in Super League thus far but I tip them to squander that record this week and Stains to return to winning ways, and the ‘Scaff’ shall reverberate and dance to the tune of DER DER DER DER….. ADY GARDNER!

SportingOdds Handicap: St Helens (-8 ), Bradford (+8 ) both at 10/11

My Tip: St Helens by 12


WIGAN V HULL KR

Wigan will be without their inexpensive signing Trent Barrett who has suffered a recurrence of the calf strain which kept him out of the Pies pre-season games. I hope this injury-prone specimen doesn’t strain his biceps this weekend lifting his wallet. He is likely to be replaced at five-eighth by Michael Withers who has pace to burn in situations and is unstoppable when he’s got a 30 metre start on any opposition defenders. Mark Calderwood might make a return to the Wigan squad after being scapegoated by Brian Noble the week before.

Hull KR welcome back Chris Chester from his strained groin but lose Mark O’Neill to a hamstring injury after just the one appearance last week. The youthful Stanley Gene (not to be mistaken for Mikali Aizue who looks exactly the same according to a certain Sky Sports commentator a few weeks ago) is set to make his first appearance of the season.

I tip Wigan to win this game and they ought to win at a canter, not because they are awesome in any shape or form, but simply because Hull KR are crap. Given the form they’ve shown this far, I’m not convinced Wigan will cover the 18 point handicap they’ve been handed though.

SportingOdds Handicap: Wigan (-18 ), Hull KR (+18 ) both at 10/11

My Tip: Wigan by 14


HARLEQUINS V WARRINGTON

Bona fide prop forward and one-season wonder (in 2002) Richard Villasanti is tipped to make his Quins debut this Saturday after only arriving in this country earlier this week and it’ll be cool to see him crack a few ‘Dire’ forwards heads along with his own. Props Daniel Heckenberg and Karl Temata have also been named in the Quins squad along with winger Andy Smith, but Lee Hopkins is out with a cracked rib.

Chris Bridge (hamstring), Adrian Morley (fractured eye socket), Richie Barnett (ankle) and Simon Grix are all missing from the ‘Dire’ squad. I tip the Quins to win this game so that means ‘Dire’ are a shoe-in.

SportingOdds Handicap: Harlequins (+2) at 5/6, Warrington (-2) at EVENS

My Tip: Harlequins by 8.


SALFORD V CATALANS

The entire population of Salford will be gripped with anticipation and excitement down at the Willows this Saturday evening and I feel sorry for all those Salford fans that will be locked out as the ‘full house’ signs go up. Will that 20,000 capacity new stadium they all hanker for be large enough to accommodate all their fans?

Despite taking the Leeds Rhinos to the cleaners last week, Catalans will be counting the cost of losing hooker Aaron Gorrell for the rest of the season. He’ll be sorely missed. I tip Salford to break their duck this weekend but not my much.

SportingOdds Handicap: Salford (-6), Catalans (+6) both at 10/11

My Tip: Salford by 4.

My tip for the attendance: One man and his dog from Salford outnumbered by the SBHBOASA.


LEEDS V HUDDERSFIELD

Another flat-track bully opportunity beckons for the Leeds Rhinos this weekend against cellar-dwellars Huddersfield Giants… not that last week’s flat-track bully opportunity counted for much as Leeds softcock forwards were outplayed by their Catalans counterparts. It was feared that ‘Biscuit Bones’ McGuire might be out injured for some time after fracturing the knuckle of his little finger but he’s since been to the hairdressers, had a good look at himself in the mirror and is happy with his reflection. He’s concluded that he’s fit and so has David Bywater. Diskin returns to the Leeds side after missing the Catalans game.

If Leeds softcock pack can handle Huddersfield’s on Sunday, the backs ought to do the rest and I predict that’s exactly what will happen.

SportingOdds Handicap:Leeds (-14), Huddersfield (+14) both at 10/11

My Tip: Leeds by 20


HULL V WAKEFIELD

Hull select from a full squad this weekend and they’ll be keen to pick up their first win of the season after going down by just the single Lee Briers drop goal away at ‘Dire’ last week. Surely they’ll get off the mark this time around against Wakefield?

Wakefield have won two on the bounce (against Stains and the Mighty Salford) and that’s as good as it gets for them, though John Kear will be keen to put one over on his former employees who sacked him last year. I expect Hull to win but it’ll be amusing if they don’t.

SportingOdds Handicap: Hull (-12), Wakefield (+12) both at 10/11

My Tip: Hull by 14


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