Robins to beat up Broncos

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: May 25 2014, 14:48 BST

Ian Millward previews the First Utility Super League and NRL action taking place this weekend.

Hull KR could be celebrating again
Hull KR could be celebrating again

Catalans v Bradford (+24) (Saturday 1700 BST)

The problem with Bradford is that they're inconsistent - they've missed more tackles than any other team this year. Catalans have been wobbling and could've been beaten by London, but Bradford really do lack punch in their forwards and Catalans can out-muscle them. At home, they should be too good and can hit back with a productive performance. They should cover.

Hull KR v London Broncos (+20) (Sunday 1500)

Everyone is talking about the new partnership of Kris Keating and Travis Burns which really gelled having taken over from James Green and Michael Dobson, but the forwards, led by Neville Costigan, have been outstanding - Costigan in particular. The Australians there look like they're really enjoying life at the moment and they were superb last week. I expect them to turn it on for their fans against London, who lack size and pace and can struggle on the road. KR should win and cover.

Wakefield (+16) v Warrington (Sunday 1500)

Some concerning issues for Wakefield at present. They can't seem to put a run of games together whereas Warrington should be absolute buzzing after last week. Ben Westwood's return gave them power and punch and it was a performance which makes you worry for Wakefield, who are fragile mentally and vulnerable. Wolves to win and cover.

Castleford v Widnes (+10) (Sunday 1530)

You have to admire the Tigers, who've scored the second most tries and lead in offloads. Their home record is strong and they continually look like either winning a game or losing only narrowly. The loss of John Clark is a concern and whether or not he plays is very important. Everything for Widnes comes from Kevin Brown, so if he's out the Tigers will win easily. If he's involved, it could be closer than the layers expect and Widnes can stay within touching distance.

NRL

Canberra v North Queensland Cowboys (+6)

It's Stage of Origin time in Australia and a few players are therefore rested this week. NQC have had two fantastic wins but have six players out this week, against a Raiders team who had a close loss at home last week and have a full strength side. As such, team news is crucial and Canberra can win and cover.

Cronulla (+8) v South Sydney

Cronulla are depleted because of Origin, with Todd Carney also out injured. Souths also have a couple out but their attacking structure remains strong and can help them win and cover.

  • Posted at 1225 BST on 23/05/2014.