Super League: Warrington host Castleford while Wakefield travel to Leeds
Coral preview two classic encounters in Super League this Easter Monday, with the Rhinos hoping to extend their lead at the top of the table.
Warrington v Castleford
Both sides lost their first match this Easter, so the Wolves and the Tigers will both be licking their wounds and hoping to bounce back.
The Cheshire outfit lost 30-10 to a terrific Widnes side last time out, and are odds-on at 1/4 with Coral to take two points off Daryl Powell’s side. Ben Currie and Ben Westwood scored both tries for the Wolves, and are 7/4 and 2/1 respectively in the anytime market, however this fixture is all about one player.
Ex-Tigers player, and last term’s Super League Man-of-Steel faces his former club for the first time since his switch in close season, and the 22-year-old hooker is 16/1 to cross first, having scored just twice so far this campaign.
For Castleford, Justin Carney endured a frustrating time in the 26-12 defeat to Leeds and Super League’s current top scorer (nine tries) will be hoping to change all that against Cas. He is 8/1 to breach the in-goal area first, though it was centre Michael Shenton who got both tries in the match against the Rhinos and has tempting odds of 11/8 in the anytime market.
Leeds v Wakefield
It was a very professional performance from Brian McDermott’s side over West Yorkshire rivals, and occasional bogey team Castleford, with the Rhinos showing maturity within their ranks to stay patient and play the percentages.
They are understandably odds-on at 1/100 to beat the Wildcats, who sit bottom of the Super League, with the Rhinos now out and out leaders, having lost just once this season.
Ryan Hall appears to have picked up his form of late, scoring a brace of tries at the Jungle, and is 5/1 to score first, while Joel Moon who also crossed is 11/1 in the same market, having drawn first blood last time out.
The only consolation for the visitors, is that they have had a day extra to recover from their 40-4 home defeat to Catalans. Top scorer for them, Chris Riley (six tries) notched their only try, on 80 minutes no less, and could be worth a punt with odds of 7/4 in the anytime market. Anything can happen in local derbies, though everything points to a Rhinos win.