Some moderate success with the short option last week, but still room for improvement. Perhaps I can have blockbuster week this week.
St Helens beat Castleford Tigers by 22
I like Cas, but they’ve lost two of their best players for this match to international duty, which will hurt them a lot more than Saints’ loss of James Roby and James Graham. The fact that Saints won by 46 points last time was also factored into the decision.
Hull KR beat Harlequins by 10
Mainly because I have a worrying amount of confidence in Quins right now, which means they’re due a defeat. Having said that, Hull KR do seem more vulnerable…
Wigan Warriors beat Celtic Crusaders by 26
Wigan got back to winning ways last week. Celtic, err… didn’t. Their scoring ability appears to have dried up recently, and considering the Warriors can be a rather stingy defence, that’s not a good thing going into this game.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats beat Hull FC by 8
Mainly because of home advantage. Both teams are in a slump right now, so this could be crucial for each team’s playoff ambitions.
Leeds Rhinos beat Huddersfield Giants by 18
Because, rather bizarrely, the Rhinos are less affected this weekend by the England game.
Warrington Wolves beat Bradford Bulls by 16
I imagine this game will be closer than the game at Odsal, but I still think that Warrington are on too hot a streak for the Bulls.
BONUS UNOFFICIAL PREDICTION
England beat France by 30
I think this is a good England side to put into a match like this – it’s full of youngsters who will be looking to prove that they are up to the task in the rep arena. I think they’ll be helped by going up against a French side full of players who haven’t really been performing that spectacularly this year. I sort of hope I’m wrong, though…