Saints can go marching in

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: June 28 2013, 21:13 BST

Ian Millward previews the weekend's action and expects St Helens to be too strong for in-form Hull KR.

Tim Smith: Key man for Wildcats who can run Hull close
Tim Smith: Key man for Wildcats who can run Hull close

Huddersfield v Catalan +12

In the recent reverse fixture Huddersfield had a player sent off and still went on to win the game. They'll be full of confidence here too as they're seeking a fifth successive home win over the Giants.

Catalan have a big pack and will be looking to match Huddersfield down the middle. The return from the bench of Scott Dureau is another plus but the home side have no injury problems. They're in fantastic form right now and the kicking game of Danny Brough can see them win and cover.

St Helens v Hull KR +12

The visitors will be full of confidence for this one having beaten St Helens twice already this season and they've won their last five games.

St Helens are running into top form too and everything looks set up for a cracker here - it's a test of whether the Robins are the real deal and there will be no excuse for the home side.

I was very impressed with St Helens' second-half at Salford last week, their key men are running into form and I think they'll win and cover.

Wigan v Castleford +20

I do think it's unfair to ask sides to back up from Monday night football to a Friday. Huddersfield couldn't do it earlier in the season and now Wigan attempt to.

Sam Tomkins is out and that's a massive blow and there are plenty of other big names on the sidelines for the Warriors. Castleford will be relishing the thought of going there on Friday night, will cause plenty of problems with ball in hand, and have to be the pick with 20 start.

London v Salford +2

Jamie Soward is apparently going to fly in and make a very quick debut for London. He's a marquee signing for them and will improve their kicking game considerably.

These are two struggling sides. The Broncos were very poor physically and skillwise at Wakefield last week - they've been forced into playing too many young players at the same time.

Salford went well for the first 50 minutes against St Helens last week and while they're struggling defensively I think they have enough in the locker to win this one.

Bradford +16 v Warrington

Warrington are my early tip to win the Grand Final and their form over the last two months has been impressive. Their defensive displays have been outstanding but this is a tough ask backing up from Monday's very physical game with Wigan.

Bradford are now seven games into a losing streak but I think they'll go okay in this one. Last week they fell away late on to lose to Widnes but if there is any fatigue in the Warrington legs the Bulls can hang on in there for longer and cover.

Widnes +4 v Leeds

These two only played three or four weeks ago and there were only ten points between them in a Headingley thriller. Widnes are a much better side at home and with Gareth Hock can win this one.

It's not one I'm confident over, Leeds have terrible injury problems at the moment but the return of Joel Moon definitely gives them greater strikepower out in the centres.

Hull v Wakefield +14

Wakefield will really fancy themselves here and it's a must win for charge to the play offs. They're in good form with Tim Smith and Paul Sykes back together again in the halves and Dean Collis is in outstanding form at centre.

Hull lost last week at Castleford and make a couple of changes for this one. I expect it to be tighter than the market suggests so Wakefield are the choice with 14 start.

New Zealand v Brisbane +8

On the face of it you could be forgiven for expecting me to go for the Warriors here. They have won four in a row and have no players backing up from Origin. In contrast the Broncos have four players who played in midweek and have won only one of their last four.

However their last performance was a strong ne and they've put a marker down for this game - if they are genuine play-off contenders they must win this one. That's why they've picked their big name players and I think they'll do just that.

Wests +6 v Melbourne

The Storm are without Cameron Smith and that would leave a huge hole in any side but former Wigan player Brett Finch has come into the side of late and been outstanding. Melbourne are the better team here, more organised and stronger defensively. They can cover the start.

North Queensland v Cronulla +6

Cronulla are likely to be without captain Paul Gallen and that's a massive blow. The Cowboys have two players backing up form Origin and one of those is Johnathan Thurston. He's in absolutely outstanding form right now and that spells trouble for the Sharks in a fixture they traditionally struggle in. North Queensland to win and cover.

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