Bulls set for super Sunday

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: April 20 2013, 17:49 BST

Our columnist Ian Millward previews this weekend's action in the Tetley's Challenge Cup.

Millward: Gives us his verdict on the Challenge Cup
Millward: Gives us his verdict on the Challenge Cup

Sunday

Hull v North Wales (+62) (1300BST)

This will hinge on who Hull rest and who they play. The young players will be desperate for a run in the game and they have a great record at home regardless of who they pick. Hull to win and cover as their overall depth of squad is too strong.

Hunslet (+50) v Catalan (1300BST)

This is an interesting game as Hunslet's ground is quite tight which can restrict points. It also gets very windy and that can make conditions tough. I am going for Catalan based on their size but it is a road journey for them and it could be touch and go - they can just cover.

Batley (+32) v Huddersfield (1500BST)

I know Huddersfield are going to pick a strong team as they respect the hosts - they have met in previous seasons and the Bulldogs have given them a fright. The Giants will go there with a bit of trepidation but after making plenty of noise about picking a stronger team they should win and cover.

Gloucestershire (+72) v Salford (1500BST)

This will be Brian Noble's first game in charge at Salford so the players will want to put their best foot forward regardless of the opposition. There is some talk of Salford resting a couple of players and it is a lot of points to cover. But bear in mind that Super League teams have very good goal-kickers who can turn the fours into sixes. Salford to win and cover.

Keighley (+50) v Warrington (1500BST)

This is another tricky one as Keighley's ground is also very narrow which could make it tough for Warrington to get points. Warrington could have some key players out and may need to rest some others with injuries in the squad. They do need a good victory here though to get some confidence and I will stick with them to win and cover.

Rochdale (+60) v Bradford (1500BST)

If Bradford pick their big guns like Jarrod Sammutt and Brett Kearney they will have points galore in them. Rochdale could be a nuisance but it all depends on how much ball they get - if it is not enough, then points will mount up very quickly against them. I'm going for Bradford as they don't have a big squad so are likely to play near their best team and will score the points necessary to cover the start.

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