Super League Round 3
Super League sides suffered a disappointing weekend down under, with Leeds going down 38-4 to Melbourne Storm, Hull suffering a 24-18 reverse at the hands of St George Illawarra Dragons and Wigan ending up on the wrong side of an 18-8 scoreline against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
However, attention returns to domestic matters this week, with all three of the unhappy tourists able to lick their wounds and rack up some more Super League points.
Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors
- Friday 23rd February, 7:45pm
- Warrington 10/11, Wigan 10/11, Draw 22/1 - Boylesports
Warrington Wolves notched their first points of the season on the board after a bad-tempered match at Widnes last week. Wire came through 18-10 winners, with Ryan Atkins the standout performer. The former England centre touched down twice to set his side up for the crucial victory, with Stefan Ratchford also coming in for praise following a strong display for the visitors.
Wigan Warriors at least managed a Super League win over Hull FC whilst down under, which is more than the other English sides managed to bring back. The 24-10 win followed a 40-12 destruction of Salford in Round 1, leaving Warriors second in the early standings, trailing St Helens on points difference.
Warrington seem to have finally gelled following a winter of churn in their ranks. They put in a combative shift to overcome Widnes and will take great heart from the performance and the points. This newfound confidence and the fact that they have home advantage over a Wigan side potentially still recovering from a long antipodean adventure make Wolves worth a look. If you think they can produce the goods, Betfred is the only bookie that doesn’t have both sides odds-on. You’ll find 5/4 on a Wire win with the Super League sponsors.
Sports.net’s Top Tip
Castleford Tigers v Hull FC
- Saturday 24th February, 3:15pm
- Castleford 4/9, Hull 7/4, Draw 18/1 - William Hill
Castleford Tigers recovered from a Round 1 drubbing by St Helens to sneak a 13-12 win over Widnes in Round 2. The West Yorkshire side have looked a world away from the team who dominated the league last term, but head coach Daryl Powell insisted his men would use their two-week break to relax and try to change what he called the “nervous” atmosphere of the Jungle.
Hull FC return from Australia having lost both of their games on tour. Their 24-10 defeat to Wigan in Wollongong followed a fine 38-12 win over Huddersfield Giants in the more familiar surroundings of the KCOM stadium. Winger Fetuli Talanoa is currently the joint top tryscorer in Super League, with four in two games so far.
This could be a tight affair, with the hosts desperate to show they weren’t a one-season wonder, and the visitors wanting to put the disappointment of the last week or so to the back of their minds.
With the exciting talents of Luke Gale and Greg Minikin lining up for the Tigers, in addition to Talanoa’s ability to get over the line and former Tiger Marc Sneyd’s precision boot for Hull, this could be the game to watch this weekend. Take a look at the handicaps market to see if you can get an edge this Saturday.
Sports.net’s Top Tip
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.