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Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers
Leeds are missing giant centre Konrad Hurrell, who struggled last week against Bradford, in his first game since Good Friday. The Rhinos will be looking to bounce back from their Challenge Cup exit last week against Championship side Bradford, but they looked as though they lacked direction in that game, and definitely need to improve this week if Richard Agar is to get his first win in charge! Young halfback Callum McLelland is making his league debut, Agar will be hoping he can dictate play in the middles and lead the forwards to victory. Cas also bowed out of the cup last week after a defeat against Hull FC but Daryl Powell will be looking to get back to winning ways at Headingley. Greg Eden returns for the Tigers, and young hooker Brad Jinks is include in the 19 man squad, but Castleford will be looking at half back Corey Aston to continue his good form and lead his side on to victory. I think this game will be close up to around the hour mark, and then Castleford will take control. Leeds 18-32 Castleford.
Huddersfield Giants v Hull KR
Huddersfield will be feeling upbeat after running top of the table Saints close last week in the cup. The Giants are without Ollie Roberts, Matt Frawley and Alex Mellor, who all drop out following last week’s defeat to St Helens, they’re replaced by Oliver Russell, Jake Wardle and Michael Lawrence. Second to bottom Hull KR have a squad more than capable of turning over Huddersfield at the Galpharm. They will go into this game confident after beating 6th placed Salford in the Challenge Cup, and welcome back tough forward Mitch Garbutt. Tim Sheens will be hoping to improve on their league position and move closer to the Giants if the Robins win and Leeds lose. In this game I think anything could happen. Huddersfield 14-26 Hull KR.
St Helens v Salford Red Devils
The Saints, who have lost only once so far this season against Catalans will be looking to maintain their form . They narrowly beat Huddersfield in the cup last week and will be without influential hooker James Roby this week, who is struggling with a minor niggle, he will be replaced by James Bentley. Salford will be looking forward to seeing how new boy Pauli Pauli will go, Pauli is on a month’s loan from Wakefield, but will be keen to impress after falling down the pecking order with the Wildcats. Salford will be looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat in the Challenge Cup at the hands of Hull KR, however, it may be a big ask for them to get anything from this game. St Helens 42-20 Salford.
London Broncos v Wakefield Wildcats
Bottom placed London play host to third placed Wakefield this week. London have won just 3 out of their last 11 games so far, but are looking like a solid group of players. Some silly errors cost them against Wigan in the last round of Super League, if they can sharpen up their skills they could be in with a chance. Wakefield will be looking to continue their run of form after narrowly beating Huddersfield in their last league game. The Wildcats will more than likely be looking to loan signing Junior Sa’u to add some flair to the back line and the 32 year old is more than capable of changing a game. I think if London have sharpened up their handling they can keep the Wakefield attack at bay and score a couple of tries. London 10-22 Wakefield
Warrington Wolves v Hull FCWarrington were given a scare by Wigan last week in the Challenge cup 26-24 but Steve Price will be hoping this week to add on some points and move further away from 3rd Wakefield in the league table, the Wolves have lost 3 so far this term and will be hoping to carry on that rich vein of form. Hull FC will be feeling confident after beating Castleford last week in the cup. Mark Sneyd and Albert Kelly are both back orchestrating the Black and Whites attack, and coach Lee Radford will be looking to snatch 2 points to keep the heat on Catalans and Wakefield in 4th and 3rd places respectively. I think this will be a close game, and it could go either way. Warrington 30-24 Hull FC.
Catalans Dragons v Wigan WarriorsThis is the biggest game of the weekend, and it’s looking likely to break the current Super League attendance record of 25,004 set by Wigan at the DW Stadium in 2005. The Dragons have sold 20,000 tickets so far for what is hoped to be an epic clash at Barcelona FC’s Camp Nou Stadium, with Wigan also selling 5000. Catalans are always hard to beat at home, but they’ll want to do something special this week, Steve Mcnamara wants to create a spectacle on what could be possibly a global scale. Sam Tomkins is doubtful for the game, but will be doing what he can to be on the field against his old team! Both coaches are keeping their cards close to their chest, but Adrian Lam will be looking to his players to perform this week. Wigan are a club who are used to appearing in big games, but does this current squad have the big game mentality to take it to the Dragons, or will the occasion get to them? Experienced captain Sean O’Loughlin will be asking his troops to step it up in this game, but can he motivate them enough? Catalans 48-18 Wigan.
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