Back again. Super League prediction time. Definitely no expert opinion here.
Here we go.
Wigan vs Toronto – “Something of a local Derby with both sides based in Greater Manchester. Should be tasty. Toronto star signing Sonny Bill Williams was superb against Salford last week, but he won’t face the Pies as he’s attending the birth of his fourth child back in New Zealand. The Trans-Atlantic club are still crying about the salary cap too, and have only named a 19-man-squad, whereas Wigan will be looking to respond after losing at Castleford. It’s hard to see past the Cherry and Whites for this one. They’ll win comfortably.”
Salford vs Huddersfield – “A nightmare call. Flip a coin. Huddersfield were on fire in Perpignan for their opener whereas Salford responded from their drubbing at St Helens with a first win of the year against Manchester Wolfpack. The Red Devils will get better as the season goes on but it’s the blokes from Fartown who’ll get the win here.”
Leeds vs Rovers – “The Bin Dippers were happy with moral victories in the Derby last week as they got a ‘wonder’ try and didn’t get smashed by fifty points. Talk about levels. We’ll also watch with interest if a certain club chairman releases a statement about damaging financial effects on the game should Warrington fail to take appropriate action over Anthony Gelling. Glass houses and that. Meanwhile Leeds, whose trip to Huddersfield was called off due to Storm Ciara, haven’t played since getting stuffed by Hull at Headingley. They were second best throughout but you imagine they’d have had a rocket up the arse since then. Agent Agar’s side to edge it.”
Catalans vs Castleford – “Tough one this. Catalans, particularly Steve McNamara, have to get it right with that roster whereas Castleford surprised many last week in beating Wigan despite an injury list longer than Rovers’ wait for a major trophy. The French side are likely to give a debut out to Israel Folau, whereas Cas have started well. It’s Catalans for us though with Folau getting on the score-sheet to the outage of social media.”
Hull vs St Helens – “Top of the league with Grand Final tickets already booked, Hull are unbeaten so far having beat two mediocre sides but this is the real test. St Helens are an absolute class act but Warrington showed they are not invincible last week. Hull will need to be at their best here, but they’ll be up against a fiery Saints side expecting a response, especially with the World Club Challenge looming. Obviously we’re backing Hull though.”
Wakefield vs Warrington – “Wanted: New ‘Man of the People’. Apply within. The Gelling stuff is a right kick in the knackers for Warrington, but they are expecting to name Gareth Widdop in the squad for the first time. Wakefield were woeful by all accounts in their only game of the year so far with the clash against Catalans also called off last week. They need their big stars back on the field and Warrington will win comfortably here.”