Wigan to halt Rhinos charge

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: May 2 2014, 20:02 BST

Former Super League coach Ian Millward previews the Super League action on Thursday and Friday plus two Internationals.

Sean O'Loughlin: Returns for Wigan
Sean O'Loughlin: Returns for Wigan

Thursday

St Helens v London (+40) (2000 BST)

St Helens have lost their last three but the inclusion of Lance Hohaia is so important for them - it means his combination with Luke Walsh can start working again. Jon Wilkin moves back into the pack where he is much more comfortable and effective.

London are yet to win this season, will lack direction with Scott Moore out and it all spells out a big St Helens win for me. They'll cover.

Friday

Australia v New Zealand (+22) (1045)

The Kiwis haven't won this Anzac Test since 1998 and are fielding a weakened team this time with Kieran Foran and Sonny Bill Williams both out. There are shock selections too including half-back Isaac John who couldn't get into the Wakefield side over in Super League and is playing reserve grade at Penrith. You have to expect a full strength Australian side to win and cover. If there's betting on any time try scorers go with Brett Morris and Greg Inglis. I think both are nailed on to cross the whitewash.

Leeds v Wigan (+4) (2000)

The Rhinos have to adapt to life without both Rob Burrow and Paul Aiton but Kevin Sinfield has played international matches at hooker and can step in there. Wigan coach Shaun Wane rested Sean O'Loughlin, Blake Green and Michael McIlorum last week and they will be fresh for a huge game. The Warriors have a style of play that can unsettle Leeds and I think the visitors can edge this one - so they have to be the call with the start.

Saturday

Samoa v Fiji (+4) (1035)

This is a re-match from the World Cup but the stakes are arguably even higher. The winner goes into the Four Nations tournament with Australia, New Zealand and England so expect fireworks. The two are evenly matched in every department apart from the forwards where Samoa look to have a clear edge. For that reason I'm with them.

  • Posted at 1140 BST on 01/05/2014.