Crystal Ball: Easter Special Part 2

Crystal BallUgh. Friday was an absolute horror show for predictions. Let’s hope Monday fares a little better…

Harlequins beat Celtic Crusaders by 8

Both teams aren’t playing too great right now. FOr some reason I just think Quins will be able to get out of their slump at Bridgend, even if all signs point to this having enormous potential for a historic Crusaders victory.

Leeds Rhinos beat Salford City Reds by 22

Leeds are in a slump. Salford are on an upswing. However, I don’t think it’s reached the stage where the two sides have passed each other going in opposite directions yet, and this might just be the game that Leeds need to get their season back on track. It should be a good test of where Salford are at, and even a gritty defeat would be a good indication for them that things are better at The Willows.

St Helens beat Hull FC by 24

This is definitely not a good time for Hull to be facing Saints away. For one thing, Saints look to me like they are the pick of the league right now, with teven John Wilkin turning into a master half-back. Added to that is the fact that the Airlie Birds are deep in a slump right now, and it’s hard to see beyond a comfortable St Helens victory.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats beat Bradford Bulls by 2

Well, it looks like Bradford have turned a corner, so what better time for them to suffer a gutting defeat? Wakefield won big at Castleford on Friday and I think the momentum from that game should carry them over a knackered Bulls side.

Warrington Wolves beat Castleford Tigers by 6

Wasn’t it a Cas victory in this game about a year ago that cost Paul Cullen his job? both sides are coming off alarming defeats, and I think that the Wolves will have to hope that home advantage steers them to victory here.

Hull KR beat Huddersfield Giants by 4

The pick I’m definitely least confident about this round, and almost entirely down to home advantage. Both sides are much improved this year and have momentum on their side. I flip-flopped on this pick quite a few times, and I’ll probably want to change it once it goes up, but I’m going to stick with KR at home… for now.

Catalan Dragons beat Wigan Warriors by 8

Wigan have a mixed record in Perpignan, from losing the inaugural Super League game there to winning the playoff game there last year in spectacular style. Although Wigan looked much improved in defeat to St Helens on Friday, the Dragons have looked much improved in victory in their last two games, and the appear to have momentum on their side.

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