Trio look Easter specials

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: March 31 2013, 15:50 BST

Our columnist and Castleford coach Ian Millward looks ahead to Easter Monday's fixtures in Super League.

Ian Millward has gone for an Easter Monday treble
Ian Millward has gone for an Easter Monday treble

It is a demanding weekend for teams with the quick turnaround in games over the Bank Holiday.

But Ian has come up with a treble for Monday involving three teams at home looking to cover a big start on the handicap.

Bradford v Salford (+14) (1500 BST)

We are going to get a lot of tired and emotional players for this round of games after the weekend's wins and losses. I think Bradford will win a high-scoring game as I am not sure Salford can back-up as well as the Bulls, who have had a day extra to prepare. They have a lot of things in their favour and with Jared Sammut playing they ought to score plenty - take them to win and cover.

Huddersfield v Widnes (+20) (1500)

The Giants are staring down the barrel of three losses in a row and it was a massive surprise to see them beaten by Salford. Michael Lawrence is very important to the team and he is back from injury and they will be desperate to win. Widnes have a very good home record but away things have not gone as well so I will go for Huddersfield to win and cover.

Hull KR (+14) v Wigan (1500)

The big thing for the home side is Michael Dobson is out again. I think Wigan have been the best team in Super League so far and their defence does not give up many tries. I expect them to win but Hull KR can come out on top on the handicap as they will be pretty bouyant after the Good Friday win over local rivals Hull. However I'd have been more confident had Dobson played - and half-back partner Travis Burns is another doubt.

Warrington v London (+28) (1500)

This has been a fixture over the years that has seen a big win for Warrington or a good display for the Broncos. London have been very consistent in their last couple of games and I have been impressed by them and Craig Gower - unfortunately he will not be playing in this one though. That could knock morale a bit and you would expect Warrington to hit back after being beaten by Widnes. I will take the Wolves to win and cover.

Wakefield v Hull (+6) (1530)

Hull have a lot of injuries at the moment and they lack some cohesion in attack due to those disruptions. Wakefield have no injury problems and they will be boosted by their derby win over Cas. The Wildcats can win and cover the start as this looks like a fixture they have been really waiting for - Hull could be very nervous going into this.

Catalan v Leeds (+4) (1715)

Leeds played on Thursday night so will have had a little longer to recover but the Dragons do have a 100 per cent record at home. They have been behind at half-time in their last three games after starting slowly so they will not want to be in that position here. I don't think there is much between the teams but I think that the Rhinos having had the previous week off after their match was postponed could be an advantage so I will take them for the win.

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