Rock with Robins on Sunday

  • Last Updated: July 6 2014, 15:12 BST

Our columnist Ian Millward previews this weekend's action in Super League and the NRL.

His best of the round are the Huddersfield Giants, who can keep up their consistent form against a mix-and-match Salford side.

Ian will be back with a preview on Monday as well ahead of the final State Of Origin clash.

Super League

Thursday

Widnes (+4) v Castleford

This game has a bit of a cat-and-mouse feel to it with both playing each other in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup. So it is an important time to get their squads right and see how they go against one another. I think that Cas are stronger with Justin Carney back while their forwards have been excellent all year and are bigger than Widnes. The latter are at full strength and a tough team at home but Cas have won on four of the last five occasions the two sides have met. I think they will be too dominant and the Tigers can win and cover.

Friday

Hull (+4) v Warrington

The Wolves are in outstanding form but the loss of Simon Grix is a blow as he is a tremendous player. Hull have had problems all season getting some continuity in their halves and outside backs but I think they will improve at home as they are under a fair bit of pressure. But I am going to stick with in-form Warrington because of their current confidence and can win and cover.

Wakefield (+14) v Leeds

It is quite significant that Kevin Sinfield returns to captain Leeds while opposite number Danny Kirmond misses out through injury. Everyone says that Leeds are going through a lull but they do have five top-drawer forwards out at the moment plus Rob Burrow and Zak Hardaker. The Rhinos have scored over 100 points in their last two encounters with the Wildcats so I expect Leeds to bounce back here and win and cover.

Saturday

Huddersfield (+12) v Salford

The merry-go-round of players coming and going at Salford continues and that creates uncertainty in the squad. I don't expect new signing Kevin Locke to play but I just like the way Huddersfield are playing at the moment. They came through a tough game last week against Hull KR and have won four in a row. Salford aren't winning so their form is not great and I think that Huddersfield are the best bet of the round to keep rolling on and win.

London (+28) v Wigan

You have to keep London in mind when it comes to the handicap as they regularly manage to keep within the start in Super League. It has been a long time since they beat Wigan and the latter have racked up almost 200 points against the Broncos in their last four encounters. I expect the Warriors may even rest a couple of players but they have only won two of their last five so they will look to hit back here. They can win and cover with a few of the younger guys stepping up.

Sunday

Bradford (+12) v Catalan

The Bulls are at home and get a start against a Dragons team that is just starting to find some momentum. They have better players than Bradford and despite installing a new coach, this is still the same Bradford team that has been struggling. Catalan to win and cover.

Hull KR (+6) v St Helens

I thought that Hull KR were very gritty last week and matched Huddersfield. St Helens are on the back of a massive derby game which takes a lot out of you mentally and physically. They will have to be careful this week as they could hit a flat spot. These have been fairly high-scoring games and Hull KR have won three of the last five encounters so I think they can keep things close here. Hull KR seem to do well at home against the top teams - Saints to win but take Hull KR with the points.

NRL

Friday

Canterbury (+10) v Manly

Some of the teams will be decimated this weekend in the NRL with State Of Origin coming up and the Bulldogs are one of the teams affected. But they are very gritty and don't concede many points. Manly have had a couple of tough games while the Dogs had last week off to freshen up so I think that the start for them is attractive.

  • Preview posted at 1315 BST on 03/07/2014.