Rhinos ready to rule

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: March 14 2014, 22:41 GMT

Former Super League-winning coach Ian Millward brings you his betting guide to Friday's rugby league action.

Brian McDermott's Leeds Rhinos get the vote on Friday night
Brian McDermott's Leeds Rhinos get the vote on Friday night

There are four games taking place on a busy evening and it is the Leeds Rhinos who get the vote.

They host Widnes and can make home advantage pay at Headingley.

Super League

Friday

Leeds v Widnes (+18)

There are some interesting stats on this match. The last six games these two have played have all been high-scoring games so the total points market will be worth looking at. Widnes are in great form and if you take last season into account they've now won six in a row. However, their three wins this season have all been at home and they are a different team on the artifical surface in Widnes. Headingley is completely different and they've conceded a lot of points here in the past. I just see Leeds' outside-backs being too strong and fast and in the forwards their size will win the day. Off their fast pitch, Widnes won't have the advantage of quick play-the-balls and I really fancy Leeds here. Widnes have been a revelation at home but on the road I can see them come tumbling down. Leeds to win and cover.

Salford (+10) v Warrington

Warrington have won five of the last six against Salford and have averaged 50 points a game, although admittedly Salford have made a lot of signings this season. Warrington are going to slowly build their game, They are getting into a rhythm after a poor start and they are now winning, albeit not particularly impressively. Salford have some injuries and the players remaining haven't been together that long. The pressure is now building on them to deliver after their winter of spending but I can see the likes of Michael Monaghan and Mickey Higham terrorising their forwards around the ruck area - Salford do lack some mobility so I take Warrington to win and cover.

St Helens v Catalan (+32)

Catalan have now lost six games in a row going back to last season and the news doesn't get any better here with Saints having won the sides' last six meetings. There's no way Catalan can operate without Scott Dureau, Ian Henderson and numerous other forwards and outside-backs, who are out with injury, against the form team of Super League. Mose Masoe will tear into the Catalan forwards - an area which is usually their strength but with the injuries they have is now their weakness. James Roby and Luke Walsh's finishing should ensure that, if the weather is fine, Saints win and cover.

Wigan v Hull KR (+18)

In their last five meetings, there have been 41 tries to Wigan and just 15 to Hull KR. That shows how dominant Wigan have been in this fixture. Wigan have Sean O'Loughlin back which is a major plus - when he plays they won the majority of their games. Rovers are struggling with their halves gelling and with some of their older recruits getting used to Super League. Wigan will hit back after last week's disappointing defeat at Castleford to win and cover the handicap.

  • Posted at 1330 GMT on 14/03/2014.