Cas run set to end
Former Super League-winning coach Ian Millward brings you his betting guide to this weekend's rugby league action.
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Hull look a sound bet with a start at Castleford on Sunday while Canterbuty are expected to improve on last week's effort.
They get the vote in the NRL.
London (+12) v Wakefield
London have improved every week but is that down to new recruits or other teams lacking intensity against them? It was a great result for Wakefield last week, beating Catalan 56-14, and they could really get into a rhythm now over the next few weeks. Coach Richard Agar is very excited and I see them being in a similar situation to a couple of years ago when they come from nowhere to make the play-offs. London are still a bit off the Super League pace so Wakefield to win and cover in this one.
Bradford (+18) v Huddersfield
Bradford give up a big start here but have a great record against the Giants having beaten them four times out of five. Greg Burke's shoulder injury is a blow for them though. Huddersfield have the biggest pack in Super League and even their bench is very deep in terms of size and strength. Bradford lack that size and also have a lot of younger players in their ranks, who won't be used to playing against that quality. Having lost Jarrod Sammut they lack that x-factor in their team. It's a great opportunity for Huddersfield and Danny Brough, in particular, to feed off those forwards and I take them to win and cover.
Castleford v Hull (+2)
Cas, one of my old teams, are buzzing at the moment. Their performances have been good but every other week they've tended to concede some points. A key player in this one for me will be ex-Cas man Joe Westerman. He's stepped up this year. He's always had the ability but it's a new-found consistency and dominance with him at present. Hull have a good record at Castleford and they are slowly building this season. I expect them to have a lot more mobility in the forwards and make them my best bet of the round. Westerman can provide that spark and they can take Cas down.
Canterbury v Cronulla (+8)
Sharks have problems for this one with Paul Gallen out with an injury and Andrew Fifita suspended. Todd Carney, at stand-off, has also been injured. He may return but looks sure to be at least a little rusty. The Bulldogs will be disappointed by last week's loss but they created opportunities. They were impatient and just looked a little rusty. They'll be better for that game though. I expect them to improve and take the Dogs to win and cover.