Home help to pay off for Giants

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: April 13 2013, 10:13 BST

Our columnist Ian Millward looks ahead to this weekend's action in Super League and the NRL.

Brough: Key kicking game for Huddersfield
Brough: Key kicking game for Huddersfield

His focus this week is on a game from Friday and one from Sunday.

He fancies the Dragons to make the most from the start they get at St Helens while Huddersfield can continue their fine home form against bad travellers Hull KR.

Super League

Friday

Leeds v London (+28) (2000BST)

Leeds have been very impressive in their last two games against Catalan and Warrington and with two games still to catch up, they do have more energy than everyone else. Defence was the strong point in the win over Warrington and they have won this fixture by 30-plus points on the last two occasions so take the Rhinos to win and cover. Keep an eye out for the accurate boot of Kevin Sinfield, who can turn the fours into sixes.

St Helens v Catalan (+8) (2000BST)

Saints are still missing a few key men and that is affecting their overall performance as they have had to put in some younger players. Catalan only have a couple of key players out now so their strength is good and they have been consistent. They have some size to throw at St Helens and won't be intimidated by playing here so with the return of Thomas Bosc and Daryl Millard they might just have the more experience and thrust. A close game but take Catalan with a start.

Saturday

Salford (+10) v Hull (1500BST)

Hull have scored back-to-back wins for the first time in a while and they gradually seem to be getting a bit more consistency in their game. The key factor is that Salford are leaking points so I expect it to be high-scoring. It looks a flip of the coin on the handicap but I am just going with Hull as they have some better players.

Sunday

Bradford (+10) v Wigan (1500BST)

Bradford have won seven of the last 10 in this fixture but the last two have gone to Wigan in impressive fashion. Wigan have Lee Mossop, Harrison Hansen, Pat Richards and Josh Charnley back and that spells danger for Bradford. Although the Bulls are playing very well, I am going for the Warriors to win and cover.

Huddersfield v Hull KR (+12) (1500BST)

The Giants have points in them and are on their own patch, where they have recorded some great victories this season. Hull KR are never the same team away from home and I think the emotion of last week's win over St Helens will catch up with them. They may also have one eye too on the Challenge Cup the following week so I think that Huddersfield with their depth of squad, speed and the outstanding kicking of Danny Brough will win and cover.

Wakefield (+16) v Warrington (1530BST)

Wakefield have no injury problems and the kicking game of Tim Smith will be vital. I was favouring a Warrington win and history shows they have been dominant in this fixture. I think there will be a lot of points in this and I am taking the Wolves to win and cover as they are keen to turn around a couple of inconsistent performances lately. There might be a backlash here for Wakefield so Warrington to win and cover.

NRL

Friday

Broncos v Cowboys (scratch) (1035BST)

This is a massive derby game between two Queensland teams. The Cowboys have started the season a bit scratchily but had a comprehensive win last week at home. They have some size in the front row and l also expect a massive game from Jonathan Thurston and Matty Bowen - the latter has a fantastic record in this game. It is a great opportunity for North Queensland to show they are Premiership contenders so they can win this.

Sunday

Tigers (+4) v Dragons (0605BST)

This game is a test of who handles their key missing player best. Gerald Beale is out for the Dragons while Benji Marshall won't play for the Tigers. The latter is their best attacking player and that will have a major effect on them as all their points and direction come from him. St George have won their last two and their defence is very strong so take them to win and cover.

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