Its a miserable day outside so lets see if we can make a few bob on the Rugby League this afternoon.
All games kick off at 3.30pm and there are some interesting match ups.
Not much in this for the leagues most successful defensive team. They are at home and they will not be wanting injuries before the Super 8’s. Wakefield however really need to build on some improved performances of late – small I know but we are looking for an angle. Huddersfield beat them by 30 when the Wildcats were hopeless and I think they have improved since then. The Giants are without two key playmakers today and whilst I dont expect them to gift Wakefield any easy tries they may not pile on the points
Again, at another time the league leaders would be looking to put a big score past the Dragons but its not as important today. It is however to Catalan who have both Carney and Tonga available for the first time since Game 3. They will of course be a little rusty but with points being carried through to the Super 8’s Catalan need to get on level terms with teams above them so they will be trying.
Salford are one of the poorest teams defensively and that makes things tough for them every week. Widnes are a good team who just seem to shoot themselves in the foot but they are starting to believe. True they will miss Kevin Brown and Salford will welcome back the mercurial Rangi Chase but I think across the park Widnes will just be too strong and Dennis Betts has the makings of being an exceptionally good coach. They look more settled than Salford who are creaking in every area.
Could be the game of the day. I like watching both teams play and there is no doubting Toni Smith’s Wolves team are peaking at exactly the right time. However I cant help feeling they will have half an eye on next weeks Challenge Cup semi final. Castleford however will be so focused and that is what Daryl Powell is so good at and they can score points, particularly with Justin Carney back after injury and scoring tries for fun. Teams seem to have forgotten how to defend against this wrecking ball of muscle and the Tigers now seem to have a settled, well organised pack. On ability I think the Wolves have the edge but in desire today and need to win the Tigers may just want it more and this could be the start of a big Super 8 push.