Christ, the regular season is nearly over! How did that happen?
Hull FC beat Harlequins by 14
Because I thought Harlequins had a serious chance at being dark horses for the Grand Final just after their win at Hull KR, the League Gods have cursed them and screwed them over. They really need a win to scrape into the playoff positions, but it’s hard to pick them after such a prolonged period of shite. Expect this game to consist of two sides trying to out-mediocre each other.
Hull KR beat Salford City Reds by 4
I think Salford must really regret their awful start to the season, because their performances now are for pride instead of a playoff place which had they not given up such a big head-start might have been a real possibility. I think KR will be too much for them but I expect the Reds to go down with a fight.
St Helens beat Huddersfield Giants by 10
Because a) revenge and b) the Giants have their eyes on a nearer prize…
Warrington Wolves beat Wakefield Trinity Wildcats by 12
Mainly ‘cos of home advantage. It wouldn’t surprise me though if Wire also had their minds on other matters
Leeds Rhinos beat Celtic Crusaders by 44
I think Leeds might just have their mojo back. Also, there’s been a lot of unneeded distractions around Celtic this week…
Bradford Bulls beat Catalan Dragons by 14
Somehow it had escaped my attention that the Dragons had sneaked into the playoff spots. I think Bradford have been playing well lately and should do some damage to this late french surge.
Wigan Warriors beat Castleford Tigers by 4
Wigan are definitely coming to the boil at about the right time and I would not like to have to come up against them in the playoffs. Cas have been variable of late and really could do with a win to consolidate a playoff berth, especially as their points difference took an absolute crushing last week. I imagine this means that Cas come out with a point to prove this week, but I don’t think it’ll be enough.