It seems that it’s much easier to make judements about teams once you’ve actually seen them play a few times. Who would’ve thought it? Once again, I’ll try to avoid over-thinking it.
Wigan Warriors beat Leeds Rhinos by 5
Did you know that Wigan have won their last three league visits to Headingley? They’re finally hitting some form and Leeds are due a defeat right about now, meaning I’m going to ignore the league table in making this pick.
St Helens beat Salford City Reds by 42
Saints have been waiting to tear loose so far this season, and what better opportunity than a home game against a bust-up under-performing Salford side? If Harlequins can put 48 on Salford away, I dread to think what Saints are going to do to them at home…
Warrington Wolves beat Harlequins by 10
Harlequins’ Rule states that if the team are coming off a good win and playing a side that have struggled thus far, then they must lose. Add to the fact that I’ll probably be going to the game and defeat is practically guaranteed for Quins. Warrington to get off the mark at last.
Castleford Tigers beat Huddersfield Giants by 2
Watching Castleford’s performance last weekend it was hard to not be impressed by the fortitude of their attacking prowess. With a home game against a variable Huddersfield side, they’ll be looking to show just how far they’ve come from last year. The one potential blip here is that the Giants have thus far performed much better away from home, so I expect it to be close.
Hull KR beat Celtic Crusaders by 16
The Crusaders have adapted fairly well to Super League without actually looking like they will win a game, and I expect that to carry on here. Hull KR have looked pretty formidable (especially at home) and Shaun Briscoe is pushing for an international place. I expect the Robins to pull away with it towards the end after a hard-fought start.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats beat Catalan Dragons by 12
I’m making this pick because a) Wakefield have looked fairly impressive so far, even if they’ve been struck by injury problems and b) the Dragons have been losing games that before the season began they would have been expected to win. Also, Wakefield have been pretty formidable at home.
Hull FC beat Bradford Bulls by 8
Bradford have been pretty pants so far this season, whilst Hull FC have been pretty good. I think the Bulls will be fired up after their debacle at the JJB last weekend, but I’m not sure it’ll be enough to overcome a Hull side determined to show that they belong in the upper echelons of this league.
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