Wigan travel to the south of France as Super League heats up
It is another action-packed Super League round, with Leeds Rhinos aiming to bounce back from their narrow defeat to Wakefield Wildcats, though the highlight is undoubtedly a tasty fixture between Wigan Warriors and Catalans Dragons in Perpignon.
Castleford Tigers take on Huddersfield Giants in a much-anticipated West Yorkshire derby, with just two points separating the sides. The Tigers are odds-on favourites at 2/5, while the Giants are 2/1. Full back Luke Dorn, second rower Weller Hauraki and prop forward Garreth Carvell are set to be left out of the starting lineup for the Wheldon road side, as coach Darryl Powell continues to ring the changes. James Clare, Frankie Mariano and Jake Webster look set to replace them. A big loss for the Giants will be half back Danny Brough, who is expected to be replaced by teenager Kruise Leeming.
Rhinos fans will insist that their club take all the points at home to Hull KR. They are odds-on at 1/7 to do so, while the humberside outfit are 9/2. Winger Ryan Hall, who scored against Wakefield, is 6/1 to cross the whitewash first, in what could be a rout at Headingley. Perhaps the best value in the anytime scorer market could be scrum half Rob Burrow, who is at 11/8. Hull, meanwhile, produced a shock 40-10 result against St Helens last time out, as Omari Caro and Craig Hall ran in three tries apiece. Caro is 14/1 to score first, while Hall is available at 7/4 to breach the in-goal area at anytime.
Bradford were three minutes away from recording their second win of the season against Catalans, in what was a gutsy performance. However, they take on a wounded Saints side and, as a result, are 10/1 to record a victory. Nathan Brown’s team currently top the standings by a point to the Rhinos, and are massively odds-on at 1/33 for the game. Former Saints winger Jamie Forster returns for the Bulls, and at 2/1 he is good value to score at anytime.
Salford host Hull FC, after an impressive away victory at Huddersfield last time out, and are odds-on at 2/5 to continue the momentum. Hull, however, narrowly lost to Warrington 24-18 and at 2/1 are a respectable price to bounce back. Both outfits are in Super League’s bottom four, though Hull could go four points clear with a win.
Wigan thumped bottom club London Broncos in their last fixture, though will expect a much closer game at Catalans. Although the Warriors are odds-on at 8/15, the Dragons’ 6/4 price clearly reflects the fact that it could be a tight match. There is always a good atmosphere on the south of France for occasions like these and joint top Super League try scorer Morgan Escare (17) is 7/1 to cross the whitewash first. Wigan’s Josh Charnley, who scored a hat-trick against the Broncos, is 6/1 for the same bet.