Take Widnes with start

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: March 23 2013, 16:58 GMT

Our columnist and Cas Tigers coach Ian Millward previews this weekend's action in Super League and the NRL.

Sam Tomkins: Returns for Wigan
Sam Tomkins: Returns for Wigan

The big news for my Castleford side ahead of the trip to Hull KR is that Weller Hauraki is back from suspension and there is also a chance that Keith Mason could play.

We thought we played very well last week in the first half against London but then went away from everything we had done in training in attack. There was a 10-minute period where they scored three tries which shocked us and sent us into a bit of a cocoon.

We believe if we can reproduce the first-half display we will be more than competitive this week. The club has not won at Hull KR since 1994 and we want to end that run on Sunday.

(+18) London v Hull

Hull are a different kettle of fish away from home and that is the only worry as in 15 appearances down in London they have won eight. Thay have won the last three on the road but I thought that Craig Gower was exceptional for the Broncos against my Cas side last week and he will have a massive bearing on the game. But I am going for Hull and if they repeat last week's performance against Huddersfield they can win and cover.

Catalan v Bradford (+14)

This one will probably be played on a dry track and the Bulls have a very good record in France. They lost comprehensively last time but if you look at the history they have won a number of times and are currently in very good form. I don't think there is much between these two and I would not be surprised if either won the game. That influences me towards the team with the start - Bradford have a lot of points in them and this could be high scoring. So it is Bradford with the start.

Wigan v Widnes (+28)

Sam Tomkins returns and I believe that means a win for Wigan. Defensively they are much better than Widnes, which means they are not going to concede many points but the latter are improving. This is a big start they get for a local derby and because of the weather conditions I would have to go for the visitors on the handicap. They may only need to score a couple of tries - Widnes with the start but Wigan to win.

Wakefield (+12) v Leeds (POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY)

History shows that this is a good game for Leeds but Wakefield have won two of the last three so perhaps they are getting a little bit closer. I am keen on Leeds here with Tim Smith out injured which means the Wildcats won't function as well. The snow and rain means that a start of 12 becomes quite a lot but I am going for the Rhinos to win and cover.

NRL

Gold Coast Titans (+4) v Manly

Manly have started the season very professionally but the Titans at home with a start can cause some problems. Both Manly games have been at night and they are expecting heatwave conditions in the north and the hosts are more used to that. Take them with the start.

Cronulla v NZ Warriors (+8)

The Sharks have been quite exceptional at home while the Warriors are on the biggest losing streak in their history - 10 games in a row. I thought they improved last week and they have a lot of good attacking players. They can finally rise to the occasion and take advantage of the start.

  • Preview posted at 1040 GMT on 22/03/2013.