It was going so well last week, right up until Brent Sherwin master-minded a Castleford comeback. Then it all completely fell apart… hopefully some damage can be undone this week.
Leeds Rhinos beat Catalan Dragons by 32
Leeds may have been comprehenisively outplayed last week, but they weren’t out of the game until fairly late on and they’ve still been the best side in the competition so far whilst not actually reaching their best very often. Conversely the Dragons have been pretty mediocre so far, and I think they’ll be the victim of a Rhinos backlash.
Huddersfield Giants beat Wigan Warriors by 6
Mainly because the Giants seem to play better away from home (although they looked pretty good at the Galpharm last weekend) and they’re on a roll. Even so, I worry about their consistency and I don’t feel particularly confident about this pick.
St Helens beat Wakefield Trinity Wildcats by 10
I hope I’m wrong, but a) Saints are starting to look real good and b) I fear the events of the last week will just be too much for the Wakefield club to get over in such a short period of time.
Hull FC beat Harlequins by 10
Harlequins’ Rule was back in effect last weekend, and I expect some hangover from that to carry into this game. Mind you, Quins have been at their best when they’ve had little expected of them and Hull didn’t look too good last weekend. For some reason Quins don’t seem to fare too well on Sky, my main reason for picking against them here.
Hull KR beat Salford City Reds by 22
Not much to say other than Hull KR look quite good and Salford don’t.
Warrington Wolves beat Celtic Crusaders by 24
Has Tony Smith finally changed things around at the Halliwell Jones? With a game against the bottom club, look for the Warrington comeback to continue.
Castleford Tigers beat Bradford Bulls by 8
Yes, Bradford finally got a win last weekend, but Castleford have definitely been one of the surprise packages this season and I think they’ll enjoy home advantage for this one. Look for theTigers to take another big scalp.