Super League Round 4

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

Saturday 23rd February

Bradford v St Helens 14:00

Hull FC v Warrington 17:45

Sunday 24th February

Wigan v London 15:00

Castleford v Catalan 15.30

Wakefield v Huddersfield 15.30

Salford v Hull KR 18.15

Games On Sky In Bold

Bradford v St Helens: It’s a massive weekend of Rugby League for both sets of teams here as both meet each other at stage of the season when getting 2 points is vital and it could have an impact on how this season pans out for both clubs. It’s no secret that Saints have had a difficult start to the season with 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss so heading to an inform Bradford is probably not the place you want to be heading, so we will see if Nathan Brown has installed any belief in his warriors this week. Bradford were flattened with their score-line last weekend, it was a very close game until the last quarter and if last week has taught me anything its to give Francis Cummins a big pat on the back, he has got this Bulls outfit playing well but in Round 2 they came up against a team with a little bit more quality than Wakefield and Castleford so aye will not be surprised to see Saints come out on top in this one. The jury is still out on both sets of teams in my mind but the handicap will be close and with Bradford’s big win last weekend maybe a little bit of an overreaction from the bookies, so I’m keeping my cards close to my chest until the first lines come out. Lines are out and Bradford just look to good form wise to be getting a 6 start so this is my first selection for this weekend.

Bet Advised: Bradford +6 @1/1 LOSER

Hull FC v Warrington: It will be Warringtons 3rd time in 3 weeks that they are live on Sky Sports and it will be a tough test for the Wolves. Hull FC fought back well to earn a point last weekend against St Helens and are moving in the right direction and up the table. Warrington have started the season well, they are still unbeaten after 3 games so head to the KC stadium in good spirits but always struggle at the KC and this weekend will be no different. Hull FC are unbeaten in 2 games and will be looking to test themselves against Warrington and its going to be a very good game. Hull FC are still missing marque signing Gareth Ellis but its Warrington who have had a few injuries during the 1st 3 weeks so if their was one week to take them on it’s this weekend at the KC stadium, Warrington are missing, Lee Briers, Adrian Morley and Ben Harrison for the trip to Hull and I’ll be interested in what the handicap comes out as, I know what I want to back both teams at and if they bookies lean towards Warrington in this one, It will be interesting to see what bookie goes up first and what handicap they give to Hull FC. It’s very close in the betting markets but Im opting for Warrington off scratch on the HT/H’cap @10/11

Bet Advised: Warrington 0 HT/H’cap @ 10/11 Loser

Wigan v London: Wigan will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season last week and they could not have been handed an easier game. London have been dreadful so fair this season and you can’t see them going to the DW and playing well, nevermind going there and taking the points off Wigan, If London did beat Wigan this Sunday it would be one of the biggest upsets in all sports this year. I’ve heard plenty of rumours so far this week about Sam Tomkins taking part in this game but if he isn’t 100% fit he will not play, I for 1 hope he does as he is in my fantasy dream team and players not playing get you zero points so it’s a massive chance Shaun Wane will rest Wigan’s star man for the trip of London and save Tomkins for their trip to Cas a week later. London were niled last week at home to Wakefield and it could have been 60 points very easily and If Wigan play like they did against Warrington they should coast home but with players like Prescott, Tomkins and Harrison Hansen missing Wigan will be glad of just the 2 points on Sunday, London will be looking at damage limitation and i fear for them this year, If it wasn’t for Salford being so poor I’d back London for the wooden spoon.

Bet Advised: Wigan -14 Ht/H’cap @ 10/11 Loser

Castleford v Catalan: Both these teams had extremely tough games last week and both were on sky, Castleford battled well at Bradford and Catalan were narrowly beaten by Warrington the big factor in this one is, what will the weather be like? Cas have shown this season that they can really dig deep in poor conditions and they used that to their advantage against Leeds but will they play aswell this week against the Dragons? Catalan played very well up at Warrington and they can be encouraged by that performance so going to Castleford will not phase them in the slightest, I can see plenty of points being scored if the conditions turn out to be Rugby League conditions then I think the Tigers may struggle to contain the big pack of the Dragons, they have force all over the pitch. Catalan haven’t really traveled so well in recent years but beating Hull KR and getting close to Warrington on form Catalan should win this game but I’ve liked Cas from the start of the season so lets see what the bookies offer before making any decisions.

Bet Advised: Castleford +8 @ 5/6 Winner

Wakefield v Huddersfield: Both teams could get a note for team of the week last weekend with Wakefield beating London 28-0 and Huddersfield beating Wigan 22-10 but going into this one Huddersfield will start as favorites but this could be a tougher game then many people think. I listened to both games on the radio last week and I’ve been impressed with the way Paul Anderson has gone about Super League this year, packing big forwards down the middle and getting his flair players roaming around the ruck, the Giants have got a good balance and still have Ukami Ta’ai still to come back in so have started brightly but can they sustain their good start to the season? Wakefield have one of the form players in Super League in Ben Cockayne, he’s scored 5 tries in 2 games, so look out for him, Wakefield usually perform well in front of their home crowd so will be looking forward to this one, It has the makings of plenty of points and after niling London last weekend and winning 2 from 3 this will be very tough test for Richard Agar and his men but its a game I’m looking at with lots of interest, I may have 1 or 2 anytime try scorers for this one.

Bet Advised: Wakefield @ 3/1 Loser

Salford v Hull KR: As the song goes ” Things can only get better ” and for Salford no finer word could be said but with all this doom and gloom, Salford actually scored some points last weekend at Leeds but Hull KR are coming off a fine display against Widnes so i fear for Salford again this weekend. Hull KR were scoring a point a minute early doors last week against Widnes and after a tough start and not winning since late last year Sandercock should be a relived man this week, Pressure was gaining momentum but with the win over Widnes things seem to have eased just a little bit. Salford still haven’t seen any new blood brought in with both Adrian Morley and Daryl Griffin saying no Salford will just have to play with what they have until new blood can be found, Liam Foran and Vic Mauro still haven’t arrived in the UK but will add some new ideas once they do get across the water from Australia. Plenty of points should be on show here, It’s live on Sky so we will get the MOTM award being priced up and I’ve got a belter up my sleeve, Im just waiting to see what price goes up, once its up you will all know about it on Twitter.

Bet Advised: Hull KR -5.5 @4/5 HT/H’cap Winner

 Max Bet: Hull KR -5.5 @4/5 HT/H’cap Winner

Next Best: Castleford +8 @ 5/6 Winner

Value: Wakefield @ 3/1 Loser

Super League Round 3

Posted: February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

Friday 15th February

Leeds v Salford 20:00

St Helens v Hull FC 20:00

Warrington v Catalan 20:00

Saturday 16th February

Huddersfield v Wigan 15:00

Bradford v Castleford 16:45

Sunday 17th February

Hull KR v Widnes 15:00

London v Wakefield 15:00

Games In Bold Are Live On Sky

Leeds v Salford: It’s a massive week for the Rhinos, building up to the World Club Challenge in just under 10 days time and with the weather conditions around at the moment Fridays game may not be the prettiest and could favor Salford but I’m not counting my chickens though. Leeds are a different proposition at Headingley and with the new pitch down their this game will definitely go ahead and my thoughts on the game are very simple, Leeds will win, it’s just the score line people need to predict, Salford have scored 1 try in 160 minutes of Rugby League and they will need to produce a hell of a performance to even stay inside the handicap which should be around -28. Anyone could forgive Salford for what has happened but if you look at the last 2 games going into Friday nights game they have played, Wigan, Catalan and now Leeds, the last 2 were away from home, It’s a very tough start to a campaign for any team but Salford are way behind and are still trying to add to their squad, failing this week to tempt Adrian Morley back to his home town club with Warrington not willing to let go of their captain leave which to me is a good sign. Leeds will be pumped for this game but for me they could have asked for a tougher task ahead of next weeks World Club Challenge but I expect them to win this week and put Salford away with little ease.

Leeds Rhinos: Hardaker, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, McShane, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield (c), Ward, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Griffin, Moore, Keinhorst, Hood.

Bet Advised: No Bet

St Helens v Hull FC: It’s been a testing start to the campaign for St Helen’s and the news coming out this week is that big Tony Puletua may be heading back to Australia with the Sydney Roosters sniffing around him and the other news that Lance Hohaia and Josh Perry will both be missing for at least a month is another major blow for the Saints but should have James Roby back for the visit of Hull FC. Hull FC looked brilliant at home to Bradford last weekend and as we all know Hull are a different proposition at the KC stadium and that’s the one major factor why i cannot have any conviction backing them this weekend. I thought Hull would be right up there challenging for honors this season and if I am proved to be right they need to up there performances away from home and what a place to put a marker down then at Langtree Park, Saints will not want another hiding like in Round 1 but from what I’ve heard on last weeks performance they are still way off anything like minor premiership contenders at this early stage, Saints usually gain momentum and get better week by week but I could not back them either this weekend so it’s a no bet for me. Saints are due a big game and this weekend could well be that game but I’m not confident in either team so will be staying away from this one.

Hull FC: Arundel, Briscoe, Crookes, Crooks, Galea, Green, Heremaia, Holdsworth, Horne, Houghton, Johnson, Lynch, McDonnell, O’Meley, Pitts, Seymour, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.

Bet Advised: No Bet

Warrington v Catalan: If anyone didn’t tune into Wigan v Warrington last Friday night you probably missed one of the best games in many a years and this weekend Warrington host an inform Catalan who will be tested to the full potential come 20:00 Friday night. Warrington still remain unbeaten in Super League after last weeks 17-17 draw at Wigan but Catalan poses a 100% record coming into this game and they will be full of confidence and will be really pumped up for this one and it’s a massive step for them if they can come to the Halliwell Jones and get 2 points, people will be talking up Catalan for honors this year but we all know it’s a long hard season but it will be a marker for everybody to take note of. I expect Warrington to again come out of the traps firing on all cylinders, Last week Warrington had more territory during the 2nd half but just could not gain an advantage but against Catalan I can see them making their territory pay. Catalan conceded 28 points at Craven park, if they give Warrington that many points they will be beaten soundly as Warringtons defence is on another level to KR’s and I do see this game panning out with a Warrington win, It’s live on Sky so expect some fireworks, the home fans will expect a response after last weeks game at Wigan and I think they will get on come 22:00 Friday night.

Warrington Wolves: Atkins, Briers, Carvell, Cooper, Evans, Grix, Higham, Hill, Hodgson, McCarthy, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Morley, Myler, Ratchford, Riley, Waterhouse, Westwood, Wood.

Catalans Dragons: Webb, Blanch, Pryce, Taia, Bosc, Elima, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Anderson, Barthau, Pelissier, Larroyer, Millard, Pala, Simon,Fakir, Baitieri, Duport

Bet Advised: Warrington -5.5 @ 8/11, HT H’cap Winner

Huddersfield v Wigan: It’s a massive game for Wigan this one and the onus is on them to get back to winning ways and most bookies will have them as favorites which granted they should be but do not write the Giants off here, they have a 100% record going into this game and always start well so for me backing Huddersfield at home with a start is the way to go. When doing my research on this game I had Wigan with a slight start +2 so to see you can get Huddersfield +6 at home after the start they have had is a must for me, they have been big and strong up front and have Danny Brough and Brett Ferres playing out of their skins, If Wigan go to the Galpharm on Saturday afternoon and get the 2 points, it’s a very good result for them. I’m siding with the inform Giants in this one, I think they can continue their very impressive start to the season and Paul Anderson will be telling his team that this Saturday’s game will tell them how far they have come as a team as a whole in 2013, A win against last seasons minor champions will go a long way and confirm that the Huddersfield Giants mean business this season, Wigan will be looking towards the likes of Sam Tomkins, Matty Smith and Liam Farrell to get them back to winning ways, Wigan had a very tough encounter last weekend and we will see if Shaun Wane’s trust in youth development can fire 2 weeks running and bring back 2 points and an unbeaten record still in tact, something has got to give in this one so backing the draw at 20/1 is well worth a nibble.

Bet Advised: Huddersfield @ 7/4 Winner, Huddersfield +6 @ 1/1 Winner, Huddersfield HT/FT @ 10/3 Loser

Bradford v Castleford: If you’re a rugby league follower and enjoy most games on sky like Wakefield v Hull KR last weekend this game has all the makings of that one and I expect plenty of points at Odsal on Saturday evening. Bradford run riot against Wakefield in Round 1 but came up against an inform Hull FC last weekend and Castleford have had an even tougher start to Super League facing Warrington at the Halliwell Jones and last weekend beating Leeds at home must have installed a little bit of confidence around the Wish Communications Stadium going into this weekends game. Bradford will be looking to bounce back and get back to winning ways but I’ve put faith in Castleford this season, putting them up to make the top 8 and if they are to prove me right they need to go to places like Odsal and get a result, Bradford will be looking to get into the top 8 for the first time in many years so they will see this as a must win game just like it’s a must win game for Castleford as well. Rangi Chase is a big loss but the loan signing of Gareth O’Brien could be a nice little bit of business for the Tigers as when he was out on loan at Widnes last term he was their best player and Ian Millward will be looking for another good spell over the Pennines at Cas. I wanna back Castleford in this one and If Rangi Chase was playing I would have no hesitations but knowing he is missing I’m going to opt for plenty of points in this one, no lines out as we speak so once they are confirmed ill post the best lines below.

Bet Advised:

Hull KR v Widnes: It’s been a tough start for Hull KR, they just can’t get their full complement of players out on the pitch and the injury to Lincoln Withers last week would not of helped things but will be looking towards this game on Sunday as a must win and for me it really is. Widnes have started 100% better than last season and were extremely unlucky last weekend and if it wasn’t for some dodgy officials they could have caused an upset and beaten St Helen’s. It’s a new week and a new mindset and backing Hull KR -6 is surely a bet this weekend, they have scored points in both rounds of Super League to date, Widnes were +8 away at London in Round 1 and even though I don’t rate Hull KR this season they are a better team than London so backing them -6 is surely the right way to go. If Hull KR perform like they can do in front of their own fans it’s going to be tough for Widnes on Sunday, If Widnes play to their potential this season its going to be a very close fought match and if Hull KR do lose this match then their play off hopes could be well and truly over within 3 weeks of Super League starting.

Hull K R: Salter, Caro, Ferguson, Horne, Walker, Paterson, Mika, Tuimavave, Welham, Griffin, J. Hodgson, Paea, Carlile, Hall, Dobson, D. Hodgson, Eden, Lovegrove, Heil.

Widnes Vikings: Allen, Briscoe, Cahill, Clarke, Dean, Flynn, Gerrard, Hanbury, Hock, Isa, Joseph, Kavanagh, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, O’Carroll, Pickersgill, White, Winterstein.

Bet Advised: Hull KR -2.5 @ 10/11 HT H’cap Winner, Hull KR -6 @ 10/11 Winner

London v Wakefield: London have been well and truly beaten in rounds 1 and round 2 and will need a big improvement if they want to get of the mark this season. I cannot believe that Wakefield are 11/8 and +4, this makes me laugh and will be my max bet this weekend, With Tim Smith back in the team and players like Paul Aiton, Andy Raleigh and Ben Cockayne playing out of their skins, Wakefield are a massive price here and should not be over looked this weekend, OK they don’t have the best record in London but after last weeks performance they will be looking at this game and if they want to be involved in this season top 8, winning in London is a must. London have been very poor so far this season, Tony Rea did a great job at the end of last season but he needs to firmly get a grip of his players this week and a big performance is needed from the Broncos but after watching them so fat this season I cannot understand how they have been priced for this match.

London Broncos (from): Bailey, Bryant, Channing, Cook, Colbon, Dixon, Gower, Hurst, Kaufusi, Krasniqi, Lee, Lovell, Melling, O’Callaghan, Randall, Robertson, Rodney, Wheeldon, Witt.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (from): Mathers, Fox, Collis, Lyne, Cockayne, Sykes, Wood, Poore, Aiton, Raleigh, Kirmond, Lauitiiti, Washbrook, Mariano, Amor, Wilkes, Annakin, Mellars, T. Smith.

Bet Advised: Wakefield @ 11/8 Winner, Wakefield +4 @ 10/11, Winner

Max Bet: Wakefield +4 @ 10/11 Winner

Next Best: Huddersfield +6 @ 1/1 Winner

Value Bet: Huddersfield HT/FT @ 10/3 Loser

Round 3 Bets:

Total Bets: 8

Winners: 7

Losers: 1

Round 3 Totals: 7/8

Running Total: 18/24

Max Bet Winners: 3/3

Next Best: 3/3

Value: 0/3

World Club Challenge 2013

Posted: February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

World Club Challenge 2013

Saturday, 22nd February, 20:00

Headingley Carnegie

Leeds Rhinos v Melbourne Storm

South Stand

The Leeds Faithful will have to be out in force (Famous South Stand)

Leeds are current Super League Champions and are also World Champions after beating Manly 26-12 in 2012 in which I put Manly up but after just 10 minutes you could see what was about to happen. Manly were way off the pace from the start and Leeds punished a somewhat shadow of a team which i watch win the NRL Grand Final beating New Zealand Warriors 24-10 in 2011. This game plans to be a cracker and I am hoping that Melbourne turn up in 2 weeks time and actually play to their full potential and if they do that they will win this seasons World Club Challenge.

2013 will break records with both clubs aiming to become World Champions again, Leeds have beat Melbourne 3 times and will be looking to make it 4 in 2 weeks time but Melbourne will be looking to be the first overseas club to win 3 World Club Challenge matches putting them in the shame bracket as Bradford, Leeds and Wigan. Melbourne will equal Brisbane’s 4th time in a World final and Leeds will surpass Wigan’s record of 5 so this is a match with lots at stake other than stats and bench marks, this is a marker to see who is the best team in the world.

If you had to give one plus to Leeds it is that the Super League season has already started and they would have played 3 games running up to the World Club Challenge, whereas Melbourne are still a few weeks away from the start of the NRL season which could well play its part, another factor is the ” Jet Lag ” I was reading something today about they had a 24 hr trip and arrived at 5 am and instead of letting them get some shut-eye they had to stay awake that whole day and had someone going around their rooms waking the players up to make sure they are fine tuned and ready for this seasons World Club Challenge.

I’ve had different views about this seasons World Club Challenge and 1 thing which is for sure, Leeds are a different team playing at Headingley and gain respect for that but if you have the likes of Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith amongst your ranks you have a chance beating any team in any venue and this is why I’m edging towards the Storm in 2013. Leeds have class in many areas but going through both sets of teams Melbourne have a little bit more quality in selected areas and for me this is something which could win them this game. If anyone watched Cas v Leeds on Sunday a stat which stuck out for me was Leeds had a 50% completion rate which is handing the ball over every other set and if they are to beat Melbourne on the 22nd they will need something like an 85% completion rate, if they are to lift this seasons World Club Challenge.

If Melbourne can adjust quickly to GMT and the British conditions they have a great chance to win this season World Club Challenge. I’ve not been amazed by Leeds this season, Ok they looked good against Hull on the opening day but last week in the mud against Castleford things looked different, it was an old-fashioned game of rugby league and it suited Castleford’s game plan and with Salford traveling to Headingley this weekend Leeds will not have had the greatest of build ups but I for one don’t like backing against Leeds at Headingley but backing Melbourne Storm 4/5 is too good to turn down. Melbourne beat Leeds 18-10 the last time these 2 team played and the handicap should be closer to Leeds +4 for me and backing the 4/5 is a must.

WCC

Will we see a repeat in 2013 for the Melbourne Storm?

BET: Melbourne 4/5

Man Of The Match: Billy Slater 8/1

Super League Round 2

Posted: February 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

Friday 8th February

Hull FC v Bradford 20:00

Wigan v Warrington 20:00

Saturday 9th February

Catalan v Salford 17:00

Wakefield v Hull KR 17:45

Sunday 10th February

Huddersfield v London 15:00

Widnes v St Helens 15:00

Castleford v Leeds 15:30

Games In Bold Are Live On Sky

Hull FC v Bradford: Round 1 threw up some very interesting results and going into round 2 some teams have the momentum and some teams need to try to stop that momentum and Hull v Bradford is the perfect example. Big things were again hoped of Hull FC and for 40 minutes last weekend they battled well but the final result told the same old story and maybe visiting the Champions at Headingley was just a task to tough. Gareth Ellis limped off during last weekends game with Leeds and that still would not have changed the result, Leeds were just to good. Bradford on the other hand started Super League off with a bang, scoring 7 tries at Odsal last weekend and will be heading into this one full of confidence of causing an upset and taking home the spoils. Hull last season only lost 1 game at the KC stadium and after last weekends lack lustre performance I expect a different Hull FC team to turn up on Friday night but Bradford will be full of confidence so expect a high scoring game if the weather conditions are good as both teams will try to keep the ball alive.

Bet Advised: Bradford +8 Loser

Wigan v Warrington: It’s one of the biggest games of a Super League season and what a game we have in store live nbon Sky on Friday night. If you’ve never watched a Super League match this is as good as it gets and with both teams winning in Round 1 this has all the makings of a block buster start to Super League. Wigan got off to a flying start last weekend beating Salford 42-0 and Sam Tomkins in particular was red-hot scoring a hat-trick and setting up 2 other tries and If Wigan are to win this one he will have to be on top of his game. Warrington blew Castleford away in the 1st 30 minutes at the Halliwell Jones last weekend but took Lee Briers off at half time and tried a few new combinations which seemed to back fire after leading 32-12 at the break, Castleford came back into the game and could have got within 10 points so Warrington will need to up the ante if they are to prevail this Friday night at the DW stadium. It’s going to be a tight game but a game in which Warrington should have too much for Wigan and I’ll be backing the Wire to come out with the spoils in this heavyweight contest.

Bet Advised: Warrington +2 @ 4/5 Winner

Catalan v Salford: Catalan at home last season were formidable and won 12 out of 14 and I can only see one outcome this Saturday night. Both teams were at the other end of the scale last weekend and my first thoughts when i seen this fixture was how many will Catalan win by and my thoughts haven’t changed. Catalan were nearly my max bet last weekend and they didn’t disappoint going to Craven park and winning 32-24 and I feel for Salford this weekend. Salford were dismantled by Wigan in Round 1 and my thoughts here are can Catalan beat Salford by more than 42 points and the answer is yes i think they can, Salford’s inexperienced team could not have faced 2 tougher opening fixtures and with no real pre-season I think they will take at least 2 months to get to grips with Super League so it’s damage limitation until then but it will be far to late come April time. I will be waiting to see what the Handicap is before I play but we could have 3 or 4 bets in this game so act quick once bets are posted as the lines will change very quickly.

Bet Advised: Catalan -24 @ 10/11 Winner

Wakefield v Hull KR: Both teams were well beaten last weekend but it will be Hull KR who get the most benefit from Round 1 but the same cannot be said for the Wildcats who just didn’t turn up at Odsal and to perform so badly in week 1 doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season and they will need to have a massive turn around this week if that result is going to be any better. This is a game of 2 average teams in my opinion and both will be lucky to finish anywhere near the play-offs but if I had to pick a winner here I’d be backing Hull KR. Wakefield were totally out played in Round 1 and I can hear you all saying its early doors, the season doesn’t start until August (Another quote from Fanning ;) but for me you want to start the season as you mean to go on and a few teams have got a lot of improvement in them whereas others just need to fix a few things here and there, If Tim Smith is back for Wakey the whole match changes, If he is absent again, Hull KR will have to be backed even though they were beaten by Catalan last week, I think even in defeat Rovers will be better in Round 2 and can beat the Wildcats.

Bet Advised: No Bet

Huddersfield v London: Well what a performance it was from the Giants last weekend and they will go into their first home fixture full of confidence and I was very impressed with what they did to St Helens and their forwards in particular, The added fire power of Stuart Fielden and Craig Kopczak seem to have added extra impetus to their forward line and I’m looking forward to seeing them go up against the likes of Leeds and Warrington to really see where they are at. London were beaten by Widnes and were totally out played, with the injuries they picked up in Round 1 I can’t see this handicap being anything less than 20 and if it is, It will be gone in a very short time. Huddersfield will be looking to pick on after beating Saint’s last weekend and I like the look of this Giants team and even though its only Round 2, Huddersfield could well be in with a shot of the top 4. London need to get there act together very quickly, they have a decent enough squad of players they just need to get some points on the board and move forward, Huddersfield will have too much for London on Sunday and could run up another cricket score.

Bet Advised: Huddersfield -16 @ 4/5 Winner

Widnes v St Helens: It’s a much better start in 2013 for Widnes, beating London in London is a job well done and Denis Betts can be happy with the progress his Widnes team have made and with Kevin Brown and Gareth Hock to still come into the team Widnes could easily surprise a few teams this season and they could upset the books here in this local derby. Saint’s would have worked on a few things in training this week, well a lot of things after last Saturday nights dismal performance and won’t have it all their own way on Sunday and If Widnes start off well they could win this game and stay unbeaten in 2013. Saint’s were tipped by many pundits and I believe they should still have a decent year but couldn’t be backing them after that performance last week and the combination of Lee Gaskell and Jonny Lomax just isn’t good enough for me. If Widnes are to be victorious in this one they have to start well and keep their discipline, the loss of Danny Craven with a bad fracture won’t help preparation this week but do I think Widnes can win this one, yes I do, lets hope the bookies over react and give them a decent start.

Bet Advised: Widnes +14 @ 10/11 Winner

Castleford v Leeds: What a cracker of a match this one is a local derby to finish the profile off and another game in which the underdog could get a result. Leeds looked rampant last weekend but it’s funny how teams perform in front of the cameras so a rainy Sunday afternoon in Cas will be a massive piece of reality and Cas have lots to be optimistic about in 2013. Warrington put points on Cas quick on Sunday afternoon but were very courageous in defeat and battled back to actually win the 2nd half 12-6 and not many teams will do that to Warrington this season so it’s not all doom and gloom in defeat for the Tigers. Leeds face of against the Melbourne Storm at the end of the month in the World Club Challenge and some would say they need to start quickly and get out of the blocks in 2013 and that’s what they did last weekend, Castleford v Leeds is always a good fixture and I’ll be looking for the Tigers to keep it close and if they can get into some kind of lead they could well hold on for a famous victory against the Super League champions.

Bet Advised: Castleford +16 @ 10/11 Winner

Max Bet: Warrington +2 @ 4/5 Winner

Next Best: Catalan -24 @ 10/11 Winner

Value Pick: Widnes 7/2 Loser

Round 2 Bets:

Total Bets: 6

Winners: 5

Losers1

Round 2 Totals: 5/6

Running Total: 10/15

Max Bet Winners: 2/2

Next Best: 2/2

Value: 0/2

Super League Round 1 Preview !!

Posted: January 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Super League Round 1 Preview

Friday 1st February

Leeds v Hull FC 20:00

Salford v Wigan 20:00

Saturday 2nd February

St Helens v Huddersfield 16:45

Sunday 3rd February

Bradford v Wakefield 15:00

Hull KR v Catalan 15:00

London v Widnes 15:00

Warrington v Castleford 15:00

 Matches In Bold Are Live On Sky

Leeds v Hull FC: The 1st live sky fixture puts up the Rhinos against the Airlie birds and it’s a mouthwatering clash and it’s just great to have Rugby League back. Leeds go into this game coming of a win in last season’s Grand final and are giving Hull +10 in places and it seems a fair start to be giving in Round 1 but if we’re going to get an upset in Round 1 this could probably be it. I like the look of Hull this season and with their newly appointed Captain (Gareth Ellis) Leading his troops out at Headingley I can see this game being very close. Leeds for me need to show more consistency in the league and getting off to a good start at home will be an added bonus, Leeds look to have a strong squad going in 2013 but I’m going with Hull FC in round 1 to cause an upset.

Bet Advised: Hull FC @ 5/2 Loser and Hull +10 @ 10/11 Loser

Result: Leeds 36 – 6 Hull FC

Salford v Wigan: The 2nd game of the season puts up a total miss-match on stats and if anyone can give Salford any chance in this one, please give me some valid reasons. Wigan have won the last 5 meetings between the 2 clubs and even with the mass exodus at the DW Wigan should have far too much for Salford in Round 1 and I can see them giving there points difference a big boost here and it will be good to see prices on any-times for this one. Wigan have wrapped Sam Tomkins in cotton wool over the off season and left him out of Ben Westwood’s testimonial today which is bad news for Salford, Tomkins is a massive player for Wigan and if he plays well he could beat Salford on his own. Wigan were -16 for a short time (Good shout Fanning) but this should be covered in the 1st half so backing Wigan -10 on the 1st half handicap is a play in this one for me, I can see Wigan racking up at least 40 points here and I’m struggling to see how Salford are going to stop anything that Wigan throw at them. Closer to the match I’ll also be looking at the alternative handicaps which could also offer us lots more value.

Bet Advised: Wigan -8.5 @ 4/5 H/T H’cap Winner and Wigan -20 @ 10/11 Winner

Result: Salford 0 – 42 Wigan

St Helens v Huddersfield: It’s a tough old start for Huddersfield again this season after going to Wigan on the first game of last season. The Giants like to start the campaign fast and furious and I for one think Paul Andersons Giants will be totally different to what we have seen in the past, they will use brute force and use the forwards a hell of a lot more than what they did under Brown and I think they have a little edge going into this one. Saints though are in for a big season, winning both warm up games go into this game with a new outlook for 2013, I’m not Nathan Brown’s biggest fan but he is the only thing stopping me from tipping Saint’s for glory this season, I do think they will get to a final and they have a chance of Silverware so I hope Brown can prove me wrong and Saint’s do come good this year. I think this will be a very close game and with it being in front of the cameras I think the Giants will put in a decent performance and I’m not that confident to put them up @ 7/2 but I’ll definitely being playing the +12.

Bet Advised: Huddersfield +12 @ 10/11 Winner

Result: St Helens 4 – 40 Huddersfield

Bradford v Wakefield: It’s a new start for Bradford under new ownership and hopefully 2013 will be a much improved season for the Bulls on and off the field. 2012 on the field wasn’t actually too bad for the Bulls so they will be looking to continue their form from 2012. On the field without the 6 point penalty that was given after going into administration Bradford would have reached the play offs for the 1st time in 5 years but Wakefield were the team to benefit from Bradford’s misfortune finishing in 8th spot and reaching the play offs for the 1st time since 2009 when they finished 5th with 32 points. It’s a tough game to call this one but after seeing prices and handicaps I’ve got to side with Wakefield getting a +6 start, It’s tricky at this time of year to predict what will happen with 2 teams like the Bulls and the Wildcats but +6 would be my choice for this game.

Bet Advised: No Bet

Result: Bradford 40 – 6 Wakefield

Hull KR v Catalan: It’s a long old season and Craig Sandercock has seen a lot of movement in the off season and plenty of quality has passed through Craven Park and I think they will struggle in 2013. Catalan on the other hand are coming of a strong finish in Super League in 2012 and with them running out of steam in the play offs I think this season with a new coach things will be a little different and I’m expecting another good year for the Dragons. I’d also put Catalan as my Max bet for this weekend if Scott Dureau was available for selection but with him being injured I’m a little wary of how the Dragons will get around the park but in Thomas Bosc and Leon Pryce they still have strike weapons and with that in mind I still think Catalan will have too much for the Rovers this Sunday.

Bet Advised: Catalan @ 10/11 Winner

Result: Hull KR 24 – 32 Catalan

London Broncos v Widnes Vikings: The only way is up for both of these teams in 2013 and I’m hoping the Vikings make a better start to 2013 than they did in 2012, Widnes lost their 1st 5 games before beating Wigan at the 6th attempt and if the Vikings won’t to improve on last season’s 14th place finish they need to get out of the traps with a few wins. London under Tony Rea looked a different team and he brought the best out of his squad towards the end of 2012 and I’ll be hoping he can keep them going into the new season, London have a couple of young starlets in the making with the likes of Kieran Dixon, Dan Sarginson and Michael Channing coming through and could surprise a lot of people in 2013. Last season London were -12 at home to Widnes and won by 4 this season sees them giving Widnes -6 which I think they can cover easily, Widnes still have the same squad near enough and only time will tell if the Vikings can improve on 2012.

Bet Advised: London -6 @ 4/5 Loser

Result: London 14 – 28 Widnes

Warrington v Castleford: Warrington are the only team not to have added to their ranks for 2013 and with their mix of experience and youth Warrington will be looking at going 1 step further this year and winning the Grand final after narrowly missing out last term. Castleford can only improve of last season and with the personnel that they have added to their squad this year I’m very optimistic on Castleford’s chances in 2013 but they could not have opened with a harder match. Warrington were lethal at the Halliwell Jones stadium last year winning 13 from 14 and I fear for Castleford this Sunday and I expect Warrington to cover the 18 points they are giving up as the cap should be closer to 24 not 18.

Bet Advised: Warrington -10 H/T H’cap 1/1, Winner Warrington -20 @ 10/11 Loser

Result: Warrington 40 – 24 Castleford

 Max Bet: Wigan -8.5 H/T Handicap @ 4/5 Winner

Next Best: Catalan @ 10/11 Winner

Value Pick: Hull FC 5/2 Loser

It’s the 1st round of fixtures and they are always the hardest to call but I’m confident after spending hours researching and stating that my picks will come good, I back all my selections myself and will be keeping a running tally after each week and will add it to the site every Tuesday morning.

Round 1 Bets:

Total Bets: 9

Winners: 5

Losers4

Running Total: 5/9

Max Bet Winners: 1/1

Next Best: 1/1

Value: 0/1

Its a Novelty market but last season I picked out plenty of value along with plenty of winners, This season I can see plenty of big priced players getting in as lots of players very short including Sam Tomkins 2/5, James Roby 4/9 and Sean O’Loughlin 4/9. All 3 will get in and backing them in singles doesn’t represent any value whatsoever but Bet-Victor are allowing multiples so this equates to 2.92 which offers plenty of value and should be backed immediately. Below I will add my 2012 selections and 2012 actual dream team then I will add this seasons picks once my bets have been placed on Friday, I will be backing my Singles with Skybet and my Multis with Bet-Victor.

2012 Picks With Prices:

1: Sam TOMKINS 6/4 2: Charnley 6/1, 3: Atkins 7/2, 4: Yeaman 7/1, 5: Blanch 12/1, 6: Chase 15/2, 7: Briers 15/2, 8: Paea 10/1, 9: ROBY 6/4, 10: Carvell 9/1, 11: Elima 18/1, 12: Westwood 7/2, 13: OLoughlin 5/2

I also gave out TOMKINS 6/4 and ROBY 6/4 as a Double which landed with ease, both were on the 3 man shortlist for Man Of Steel and should both be shoe ins again in 2013.

2012 Actual Team:

1: Sam Tomkins, 2: Josh Charnley, 3: Ryan Atkins, 4: George Carmont, 5: Ryan Hall, 6: Brett Finch, 7: Scott Dureau, 8: Chris Hill, 9: James Roby, 10: Remi Casty, 11: Ben Westwood, 12: Gareth Hock, 13: Sean O’Loughlin

So as you can see above I picked out 6/4, 6/1, 7/2, 6/4, 7/2 and 5/2 winners and also a 5.25 winning double just through picking the Super League Dream Team, It pays to get things right and in 2013 I’m hoping for as much success and in 2012.

2013 Pick With Prices:

1: Sam Tomkins 4/9, 2: Josh Charnley 6/5, 3: Kallum Watkins 3/1, 4: Ryan Atkins 10/11, 5: Pat Richards 11/4, 6: Kevin Sinfield 6/1, 7: Blake Green 12/1, 8: Eorl Crabtree 9/1, 9: James Roby 4/9, 10: Garreth Carvell 7/1, 11: Gareth Hock 10/1, 12: Willie Manu 9/2 and 13: Sean O’Loughlin 4/9

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Super League XVIII Preview

Posted: January 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

The 2013 Super League season is the 18th season of rugby league football since the Super League format was introduced in 1996.

14 teams will compete for the league leader’s shield which will be won by the team with the most consistency throughout the 27 rounds.

After 27 rounds have been completed, including the Etihad magic weekend, Super League enters its Play Off format (Top 8 teams) in which each team battles it out to reach the Grand Final and lift the prestigious Super League Trophy.

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14 Super League Teams For 2013

Bradford Bulls, Castleford Tigers, Catalan Dragons, Huddersfield Giants, Hull, Hull Kingston Rovers, Leeds Rhinos, London Broncos, Salford City Reds, St Helens, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings and Wigan Warriors.

Rule Changes for Super League XVIII

  1. Kicking the ball dead from inside your own half: Where the ball is kicked dead or touch in goal from inside the kicker’s own half, play will be restarted with a handover at the centre of the 40m line nearest to the non-kicking team’s goal line.
  2. Charge down: Charging down the ball does not restart the tackle count. If the kicking team regains possession the tackle count will continue as before. The charge down will still not count as a knock on.
  3. Attacking team option to reduce numbers in scrum: Where a team is awarded a scrum, the feeding team has the option of only putting five men in the scrum giving them eight “backs” to attack with.

Bradford Bulls

Bradford Bulls: Bradford had the worst 2012 any team could imagine, going into administration and making all of the backroom staff redundant ending the season in 9th spot. Bradford were given a 6 point penalty which cost them a spot in last season’s playoffs, after going on a decent run of 6 wins out of their last 10 matches, Wigan away being the highlight but the 6 point penalty pen ultimately ended their 2012 season.

2013 holds anything but optimism for the Bulls, last season the rugby league community raised over 500k to keep the Bulls in Super League and it was a good move, now owed by Omar Khan a local business man from Bradford so the clubs best interests will be taken care of, Bradford were given a one-year probationary license enabling them to compete in 2013.

Bradford have not finished in the play off positions since 2008 and have an uphill struggle this season. Francis Cummins is going to have a tough first season at the helm and the play offs will be the aim but I can’t see them making too many waves in 2013.

Prediction: 8th

Transfers In: Matty Blythe (Warrington) Ben Evans (Warrington) Jamie Foster (St Helens) Adam Sidlow (Salford)

Transfers Out: Tom Burgess, Ian Sibbit, Kyle Briggs, Ben Jeffries, Olivier Elima, Bryn Hargreaves, Jason Crookes, Paul Sykes, Craig Kopczak, Karl Pryce, and Phil Joseph.

Players to Watch: Luke Gale, John Bateman and Elliott Whitehead

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Last season Castleford were beaten in the Challenge cup by Featherstone Rovers 23-16 who ply their trade in the Championship, I’m sure this season Cas will be looking to move in the right direction and will be aiming for the Play offs and if the likes of Michael Shenton, Daryl Clark and Craig Huby all have good seasons I can see Castleford getting close to the play offs but I think they will just miss out.

Castleford have recruited well for 2013 and have added plenty of experienced Super League players with the likes of Lee Gilmour, Keith Mason and Michael Shenton. Shenton is a former Tiger coming back to finish his playing career with the club he started off with and has been made club captain by manager Ian Millward. I predict a better season from the Tigers and the play offs are well within their grasp.

Prediction: 9th

Transfers In: Michael Shenton (St Helens) Jake Webster (Hull KR) Lee Gimour (Huddersfield) Jordan Tansey (York) Justin Carney (Roosters) Weller Haruaki (Leeds) and Keith Mason (Huddersfield)

Transfers Out: Joe Arundel, Nick Youngquest, Paul Jackson, Ryan Hudson, John Davies, Stuart Jones, Josh Griffin, Steve Snitch, Richie Mathers and Ryan Brierley.

Players to Watch: Rangi Chase, Daryl Clark and Craig Huby

Catalan

Catalan Dragons: Catalan Dragons over the years have improved dramatically and each year you see something different as the class of player plying their trade in France has increased year on year. Since finishing bottom in 2010 the Dragons have improved on all fronts and the biggest change has been their ability to get results away from home. Catalan are usually formidable in front of the passionate French fans but away from home has been their down fall but over the last 3 years you can see the French club has come and long way and 2013 could well be a good season for the Dragons.

Last season the Dragons were beaten in a sudden death play-off by eventual winners Leeds Rhinos and this shows how far Catalan have come not just as a franchise but as a club as well, 11,523 supporters turned up to watch the Leeds game and with the likes of Scott Dureau, Steve Menzies and Olivier Elima back the Dragons will be again a team to beat this season and will have plenty of new techniques with new coach Laurent Frayssinous looking to stamp his on mark on the Dragons for 2013.

The French have recruited well for 2013 signing, Brent Webb, Zeb Taia and Oliver Elima who will all add a new direction to the Dragons, however the loss of Clint Greenshields and David Ferriol will be a big loss for the Dragons but I can see them challenging for silverware this season if it’s not in the challenge cup then a push in the play-offs is right within their grasp.

Prediction: 5th

Transfers In: Brent Webb (Leeds) Zeb Taia (Knights) Olivier Elima (Bradford)

Transfer Out: Setaimata Sa, Clint Greensheilds, Ben Fisher, David Ferriol, Cyril Stacul, Seb Raguin, Cyril Gossard, Frederic Vaccari.

Players to Watch: Scott Dureau, Olivier Elima and Leon Pryce

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Huddersfield Giants: Huddersfield started like a house on fire last season, winning 10 out of the first 12 matches and looked like they had turned a corner. Beating Wigan at the DW, Leeds at Headingley and Bradford at Odsal 2012 looked like it could be the turn of the Huddersfield Giants but it’s a marathon not a sprint and their fast start caught up with them towards the end of the season losing 7 out of 10 losing heavily at Castleford, St Helens and beaten 35-14 at home to Wakefield showed that winning games at the start of the season is competitive but winning games towards of the end of the season is crucial, Huddersfield finished 7th and went out in the first game of the play-offs.

Nathan Brown who had been the catalyst for the Giants throughout his reign as head coach was given his papers along with Club Captain Kevin Brown and to me Brown overstayed his welcome by a year or so if you ask me, he decided he was going to leave and go back to Australia but then he goes and signs a deal with St Helens, It’s a step up from the Giants but what has he got in his locker for 2013 is to be seen and for me Saints could of done better in their search for a head coach and kept Mike Rush and Keiron Cunningham on.

2013 is a new chapter for the Huddersfield Giants and its Paul Andersons first full year in charge so we will have to wait and see what he has to offer but if it’s anything to go by towards the end of the season Huddersfield will be looking over their shoulders towards 6th, 7th and 8th if you ask me. I like the Giants, they have some talented players but this really is a make or break year for them, last season the Giants went from 1st to 7th which just isn’t good enough and more is needed from the Giants in 2013.

Prediction: 7th

Transfers In: Brett Ferres (Cas) Ukuma Ta’ai (Warriors), Anthony Mullally (Widnes), Stuart Fielden (Wigan), Craig Kopczak (Bradford).

Transfers Out: Kevin Brown, David Fa’alogo, Scott Moore, Tommy Lee, Lee Gilmour, Adam Walker, Greg Eden and Keith Mason.

Players to Watch: Danny Brough, Larne Patrick and Craig Kopczak

Hull FC

Hull FC: Since Super League XII Hull FC has been a club which has been talked about at the beginning of every season since 2007 but always seem to fall short and never deliver. 2012 was a sum what transitional period for the black and whites, losing some close games but one thing which stuck out for me was the lack of a decent kicker, don’t get me Wrong Danny Tickle is one of the best goal kickers in Super League but goal kicking and tactical kicking during games are 2 separate skills in itself and throughout 2012 Hull relied on Danny Houghton for much of the season but he just isn’t in the same league as the likes of Lee Briers, Kevin Sinfield and Danny Brough so Hull fell short in many games that I watched are were pretty poor in that aspect in 2012.

2013 also brings new life to the black and whites, with the signings of, Shannon McDonnell, Daniel Holdsworth and Gareth Ellis Hull FC look like a club who are going in the right direction and could well be the surprise package for 2013. Last season Peter Gentle was trying to get 17 fit players out on the pitch towards the end of the season and had to blood a lot of youngsters which will help them this season, they are another season hardened and will benefit this year.

I like the look of Hull FC this season, they have signed players in the right positions and have also added quality in them positions as well, the likes of Joe Arundel, Ben Galea and Liam Watts along with all the other quality the black and whites poses in 2013 I’m predicting big things this season and a trophy is well within their grasps.

Prediction 4th

Transfers In: Jay Pitts (Leeds) Liam Watts (Hull KR) Gareth Ellis (Wests) Joe Arundel (Cas) Daniel Holdsworth (Salford) Paul Johnson (Wakefield) Ben Galea (Hull KR) Jason Crookes (Bradford) and Shannon McDonnell (Hull KR)

Transfers Out: Will Sharp, Jordan Turner, Sam Moa, Tony Martin, Willie Manu and Reece Lyne

Players to Watch: Gareth Ellis, Joe Arundel and Joe Westerman

Hull KR

 Hull KR: Hull KR battle it out each season to be kings of Hull and last season they played their bitter rivals Hull FC on 3 occasions winning 1 and losing 2 and the game they won they scored a try on the hooter to win the game, the black and white’s were 30-16 up with 15 to play and ended up losing 32-30 after David Hodgson danced his way through a tired Hull FC defence which capped off a miserable season for Hull KR.

Craig Sandercock took over in 2012 and some might say his win over Warrington in June could well be his brightest point as KR coach as everything after that seemed to collapse very quickly. Hull KR’s form towards the end of Super League last season was nothing but appalling, losing 8 out of 9, beating only Widnes throughout that spell and ended up finishing 10th in the table and that’s not what we have come to accept from Hull KR over the past couple of seasons and hopefully for Sandercock his first year in Super League was a transitional one and 2013 can be a better year for KR but I have my doubts.

Hull KR have signed a couple of Aussie imports and I for one am looking forward to seeing the partnership between Burns and Dobson at 6 and 7 in 2013 and if both can stay fit Hull KR have a chance of finishing in 8th spot, We will have to wait and see what Cory Paterson and Evarn Tuimavave have got to offer and I’m sure if these 4 players can start the season of well Hull KR could just surprise a few teams including myself along the way my only problem with Hull KR is the amount of playing staff that has left on the off season, plenty of reliable guys for KR over the years have now departed so only time will tell if the new recruits have what it takes to fight for top spot in Humberside.

Prediction 11th:

Transfers In: Cory Paterson (Knights) Evarn Tuimavae (Knights) Sean Gleeson (Salford) Omari Caro (London) Travis Burns (Penrith) Greg Eaden (Huddersfield)

Transfer Out: Liam Watts, Scott Wheeldon, Ben Galea, Blake Green, Scott Taylor, Jake Webster, Joel Clinton, Jason Netherton, Scott Murrell, and Louis Sheriff

Players to Watch: Travis Burns, Josh Hodgson and Greg Eden

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Leeds Rhinos: Leeds have maintained their run as Grand Final winners and have finished 5th on their last 2 attempts at winning the Grand Final and this season for me will be no different. Looking through the Rhinos squad it’s got plenty of depth with good quality players but rely heavily on Kevin Sinfields boot and over the last couple of years Leeds have shown us that when it counts they can perform but as a consistent team throughout a calendar year they fall short.

Leeds had a great season in 2012, reaching the Challenge Cup final and Grand final winning the latter but falling short to a strong Warrington side at Wembley. Finishing 5th and winning the Grand Final for the past 2 seasons is something special and the most successful side in the Super League era will need all those skills again in 2013 as many teams around them have strengthened and will be challenging for spots in and around where I believe the Rhinos will finish this season.

No major signings for 2013 for the Rhinos, Mitchell Achurch and Joel Moon will add another dimension to the Rhinos thus giving utility man Carl Ablett a longer run in his favoured 2nd Row position, this may not start until BJB gets back to full fitness though so keep your eye out for Anytime try scorers this year. Leeds will always finish the season strongly and history tells us that, can they get to another Grand Final this season, is the question I ask myself and in 2013 I think you will see at least 1 new team in this seasons Grand Final.

Prediction 6th:

Transfers In: Mitchell Achurch (Penrith), Liam McAvoy (Bradford) Joel Moon (Salford) Joe Vickery (Gold Coast)

Transfer Out: Jay Pitts, Lee Smith, Brent Webb, Luke Ambler, Weller Hauaki and Shaun Lunt

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London Broncos: London over the years have made plenty of strides in Super League but over the past couple of seasons it’s been a massive struggle for the London outfit to compete week in week out and the lack of crowds also has an effect as most Super League teams can get 8k plus home crowds and London struggle to get 1.5 k at home most weeks and surely 2013 will be no different?

London finished 2012 with wins over Salford, Castleford and Hull KR and put Warrington to shame beating them 62-18 mid August but London’s start to the season and middle part of the year was disastrous. Tony Rea has been out of the game for some time but looked like he had installed some pride back in his London pack towards the end of the year so 2013 is a new era for the Broncos with a coach who last coached in Super League 10 years ago.

Looking through London’s squad It doesn’t instil me with much confidence and if they pick up a few injuries to key players London could well struggle again in 2013, Tony Rea will have a full pre season with his new troops and with experienced players like Craig Gower, Luke Dorn and Tony Clubb London have a very good base of experience and youth so only time will tell if Tony Rea can make an impact in Super League XVIII

Prediction 12th

Transfers In: Shane Grady (Thirroul Butchers) Tommy Lee (Huddersfield) and Alex Hurst (Swinton)

Transfers Out: Julien Rinaldi, Lamont Bryan, Omari Caro, Karl Temata

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Salford City Reds: Well it’s been a rough ride for Salford over the summer and the move to the new Salford City Stadium has not been as successful as people would of imagined and with the winding-up petition still being looked into by HM revenue and Customs all looks very bleak for the greater Manchester club or does it? Over the past couple of days Dr Marwan Koukash has stated he is willing to purchase Salford City Reds and the stadium they play in which will come as a major boost to the Salford club ahead of the 2013 season.

Reports broke today that if Koukash does purchase the Salford City Reds he may be on the lookout for a major crowd pleaser and Gareth Hock has mentioned to me today and if they could pull that off that would be one of the biggest coups in many a year but I for one am glad the Salford City Reds have found someone to take the reins and it’s now up-to the coaching staff to get more players on board.

With all the troubles Salford still have 2013 can surely only be to survive and try and rebuild for the 2014 I know 2013 hasn’t even started yet but you have to be realistic Salford just don’t have the playing staff to do anything this year  in my eyes and are my favourites to pick up the wooden spoon. When you look at the players which have left and the lack being brought in I fear for Salford this season but maybe Dr Marwan Koukash can put his hand in his pockets and give Salford a real boost in 2013.

Prediction 14th:

Transfers In: Andrew Dixon (St Helens) and Martin Gleeson

Transfers Out: Matty Smith, Luke Patten, Sean Gleeson, Daniel Holdsworth, Luke Adamson, Iafeta Palea’aesina, Josh Veivers, Adam Sidlow and Joel Moon.

Saints

St Helens: Saints over the past couple of seasons have not set the world alight but have still done reasonably well throughout the year and I see Saints being one of the teams to beat this season and the additions of Willie Manu and Jordan Turner are 2 great bits of business and I can see Saints getting to a final this year, which final that is I’m not too sure about but 2013 on the looks of it looks to be a good year for the Saints.

Last season Saints had a terrible start to the campaign and former coach Royce Simmons got his marching orders and both Mike Rush and Kieron Cunningham took the reins and transformed Saints and instilled some much needed character and desire to the dressing room which ended up with them finishing 3rd on the league ladder and Semi finalists of the play-offs. 2013 see’s aussie Nathan Brown taking over and even though he has done good things at the Huddersfield Giants I’m not his biggest fan and you just watch when Saints have a mid season dip in 2013, If they don’t get off to a good start his head could soon be on the line.

Even with Nathan Brown as coach I think 2013 will be a good year for the Saints, usually they get to the semi finals of the Challenge Cup which I can see them getting to again and the higher they finish on the league ladder the better chances they will have during the play-offs. Saints finished 3rd last season and I think they can go one better this year and it could well be tight for stop spot with only 2 sides being able to win it in my opinion.

Prediction 2nd:

Transfers In: Jordan Turner (Hull FC) Willie Manu (Hull FC) and Alex Walmsley (Batley)

Transfers Out: Michael Shenton, Chris Flannery, Jamie Foster and Shaun Magennis

Players to Watch: Jordan Turner, James Roby and Josh Jones

Wakey

Wakefield Wildcats: Wakey had a great 2012 on the pitch finishing 8th on the ladder and what a remarkable feat this was from a team given no hope at the start of the season. After losing 10-52 at home to Wigan, Wakefield went on 7 game winning streak which was there best winning streak in club history to reach the play-offs beating the likes of Huddersfield, Leeds and Saints along the way, they were beaten in game 1 of the play-offs by Leeds at Headingley and maybe this was just a bridge to far for the Wakefield outfit.

3 players really stood out for me last year for the Wildcats and with the addition of Paul Sykes signing from Bradford on a full time deal and with the influential Tim Smith playing out of his skin and the likes of Richie Mathers, Lee Smith and Andy Raleigh playing their part in a good year 2013 is generally new ground for the Wildcats, can they improve on 8th last season? Only time will tell.

I like to look of Wakefield and along with Castleford these 2 teams have a lot more in them in 2013 and the Wildcats should be enforced more with the signing of Justin Poore a former State of Origin front rower and will be a great addition for Wakefield this season. If Tim Smith and Isaac John can get the Wildcats off to a good start this season the play-offs could well be within their reach, I’m hoping they can do themselves justice in 2013 but the jury is still out on Wakefield for me, was last season miraculous 7 game winning run just a shot in the pan ??

Prediction 10th:

Transfers In: Lee Smith (Leeds) Paul Sykes (Bradford) Reece Lyne (Hull FC) Justin Poore (Parramatta) Richie Mathers (Castleford) Brad Singleton (Leeds)

Transfers Out: Paul Johnson, Andy Ellis, Dale Morton, Russell Spiers, Matt James, Motu Tony and Adam Slater

Players to Watch: Tim Smith, Justin Poore and Frankie Mariano

Wolves

Warrington Wolves: 2012 was a great year for the Warrington Wolves, winning the Challenge Cup final and making their 1st appearance in a Grand Final at Old Trafford. Tony Smith has been an absolute revelation at the Wolves and what you have seen over the past couple of seasons Warrington have attempted to do throughout the Super League era with other coaches and found no success at all, so a massive amount of Warrington’s good fortunes lie with Tony Smith and he has turned Warrington into a successful rugby league team.

Not a lot of activity for the Wolves in the off season, no new faces coming in but Warrington’s squad is one of the most competitive in the competition and with the likes of Chris Hill and Stefan Ratchford having a full season with the Wolves underneath their belts 2013 could well be the Wolves year after falling at the final hurdle last season in the Grand Final losing to Leeds Rhinos 26-18. Warrington have a more experienced look about them these days and this could well turn out to be the year Warrington arrived as Super League champions.

2012 can only be bettered by the Wolves by taking that final step and lifting the Super League Trophy at Old Trafford, Warrington will be favourites in most games next season and if they can get off to a good start which looks to have been kind to them this season anything is possible, Saints and Catalan away are Warrington’s last 2 games which could be crucial for the league leaders shield.

Prediction 1st:

Transfers In:

Transfers Out: David Solomona, Matty Blythe, Lee Mitchell and Ben Evans

Players to Watch: Ben Westwood, Chris Hill and Gareth O’Brien

Widnes

Widnes Vikings: It’s good to see the Vikings back in Super League and 2012 was a rude awakening for Widnes but in the long run everyone knew what was going to happen in their 1st season but it’s now year 2 for the Chemics and it’s time to look forward and look up the table, there is no excuses now to say well it’s our 1st season back in Super League it’s 2013 and Widnes 2nd season in Super League. Widnes finished with 12 points last season and I’m sure if they can get off to a better start this year 12 points should be beaten in 2013.

The signing of Kevin Brown shows the ambition of the Vikings but no other signings for 2013 leaves me a little bemused as to where I think Widnes will finish this season. To me Widnes needed to get a few more experienced bodies in and if the news is true about Gareth Hock then Widnes will have a better season but can they compete for the play-offs the easy answer is No.

2013 will be another learning curve for the Vikings and all its fans so don’t expect Denis Betts to work miracles and maybe not finishing bottom is the aim for this season, I can only see 1 team finishing below Widnes and that’s Salford so it’s a step in the right direction but more is needed in playing staff if they want to challenge for the top 8.

Prediction 13th:

Transfer In: Kevin Brown (Huddersfield) Eamon O’Carroll (Wigan) Joe Mellor (Wigan) Stefan Marsh (Wigan) and Phil Joseph

Transfer Out: Scott Moore, Anthony Watts, Anthony Mullally Simon Finnigan, Paul McShane, Sione Kite and Thomas Coyle

Players to Watch: Rhys Hanbury, Danny Craven and Paddy Flynn

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Wigan Warriors: Wigan Warriors are the most successful rugby league team in the UK and have reels and reels of top class players from past era’s including Jason Robinson, Martin Offiah, Henry Paul, Shaun Edwards the list is endless and when you look at Wigan’s 2013 squad it looks a little light in some areas and if the rumours of Gareth Hock leaving are true that’s another body they will need to replace and if Sam Tomkins gets injured Wigan will be in a world of pain.

When you look through Wigan’s team they have a good squad of players but if you look at who has left last season and the people who have been brought in to replace them most Wigan fans will tell you it’s not good enough. The likes of Brett Finch, Tommy Leuluai Jeff Lima and George Carmont have all left the club being replaced with Scott Taylor, Matty Smith and Blake Greene you do the math Wigan are a much weaker side in 2013 than they were in 2012.

Matty Smith and Blake Greene as a half back partnership doesn’t really frighten me too much and with the fact Blake Greene missed most of 2012 with injury doesn’t instil me with that much confidence he will go through this season unscathed and Wigan will need to find consistency early doors and get into a rhythm as they will be tested as early as round 2 with the visit of the Warrington Wolves a game in which Wigan have found very difficult over the past few years.

Prediction 3rd:

Transfers In: Matty Smith (Salford) Blake Greene (Hull KR) and Scott Taylor (Hull KR)

Transfers Out: Brett Finch, Thomas Leuluai, George Carmont, Amos Roberts, Jeff Lima, Matty Russell, Stefan March, Joe Mellor and Stuart Fielden.

Players to Watch: Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley and Liam Farrell


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