Predictions for Friday 5th May Super League games

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Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves

5th placed Castleford will be looking forward to seeing how new boy Cheyse Blair performs tonight on debut, in for the injured James Clare. The Tigers lost last week to Wigan in a low scoring game and will be looking to make amends for their recent form which has seen them come from behind a few times this season. Warrington or looking strong in second place and had a good win last time out over Huddersfield and will be looking to carry on that form but with no Ben Murdoch-Masila or Tom Lineham, Jason Clark and Ryan Atkins are back. I think Warrington will be just too strong for Castleford, but I expect this to be a good game to watch. I'll say Castleford 14-36 Warrington

Salford Red Devils v Leeds Rhinos

Salford will be looking to the experience of returning forward Gil Dudson to help them punch a hole in the Rhinos middles and avoid a repeat of the 46-14 loss at home in February. Salford have been unlucky this year, after winning their first two games, they've been close against Castleford, Wigan and Hull FC, and will be looking to find some form tonight.

Leeds go into this game on the back of a win over Hull Kr last week, they've had a poor run of form lately but are looking like they're turning a corner now so I wouldn't rule them out of any game, and Konrad Hurrells return in the centre will be a welcome boost, especially with the absence of Jack Walker and Brad Dwyer. David Furner has also named new boy Ava Seumanufagi on the bench. I'll go Salford 24-16 Leeds on this one

Hull FC v Catalans Dragons

Hull FC are without regular half backs Mark Sneyd and Albert Kelly tonight, but bring in the experienced forwards Mark Minichiello and Jordan Thompson as well as youngsters Levy Nzongou and Liam Harris. Kieran Buchanan is also hoping to make his debut. The black and whites will want to carry on from their 30-14 win against Wakefield last week and try to edge closer to Warrington from third place.

The Dragons are pretty incosistent on the road, only winning twice away from home so far this term. Steve McNamara will be hoping his team can avenge the 31-30 loss last month at the Stade Gilbert Brutus. I think Catalans big forwards could be too much to handle for Hull FC, and with no half backs they could struggle to get the ball out to the edges, so I'm going to say Hull FC 12-36 Catalans.

Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Wildcats

Both teams will want the bragging rights in this West Yorkshire Derby. Huddersfield currently sit 10th in the league and were well beaten at Warrington last time out and will want to make up for their poor form so far this season. Jordan Turner returns in the centre for the Giants, as well as Sebastine Ikahifo and Oliver Roberts in the forwards, but Joe Wardle and Matty English both miss out. 

Wakefield go into this game on the back of a loss last week at the hands of Hull FC but are on a good run this season, and will hope to continue that run and make up for last week. The Wildcats are still without half back Danny Brough, but welcome back ex Huddersfield forward Craig Kopczak, and Hooker Tyler Randell could feature. My prediction for this game is Huddersfield 10-24 Wakefield.

 

Thank you for reading. I'll try and post some predictions for the rest of the weekends games tomorrow. Have a good weekend and enjoy your rugby!


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