Wolves to slay Warriors
Ian Millward joins us to preview this weekend's action in Super League - and flags up Warrington and Catalans.
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This weekend my Castleford side entertain Leeds. We don't make enough of it in this country when the current world club champions come to town. Throw in the fact there's also the Golden Boot winner Kevin Sinfield out there and it's a special game.
It's a local derby and will be spicy. We've plenty of positives to take out of the opening game against Warrington and know the areas we need to work on to improve the bedding in of our new players.
We go into the game with plenty of confidence and while we have a healthy respect for Leeds, we think some of the things we are putting in place will cause them problems. It's not a game we want to be part of, it's one we want to win.
Here are my thoughts on the rest of this weekend's action:
The big thing for Hull is learning from last week's defeat at Leeds - when they were under pressure at Headingley they had an inability to stay in the match. That's something Peter Gentle will have worked with in the week.
He also faces a dilemma over team selection. Do they bring Richard Horne back into the side?
It's their first home game of the season and they'll always be hard to beat at the KC Stadium. Bradford were very good against Wakefield last week but the Wildcats played nowhere near their full potential.
That said the Bulls kept it very simple and did all the little things right. This isn't the easiest game to read but I'll take the home side to win and cover.
Verdict: Hull to win and cover
Wigan had the perfect start to the season at Salford last week as they look to bed in two new half-backs. That will hae been a big confidence boost for them.
Warrington played my Castleford side last week and looked a team who were very familiar with themselves as you'd expect with no new signings. Tony Smith will look for improvements in some areas this week but they weren't far off the pace.
I like the look of the Wolves side at the moment and with Wigan still settling down I'll take the visitors to win and cover.
Verdict: Warrington to win and cover
The Dragons were very good on the weekend. They showed very good defensive qualities in the first half at Hull KR and are a side full of power.
I think they'll win and win well here. Salford are still at a very early stage of their development and this is always a tough place to go. Catalans look too strong all over the field and expect the likes of Leon Pryce to enjoy a profitable time of it.
Verdict: Catalans to win and cover
If you're a supporter of either of these two sides you're looking for a response after disappointing performances last week - don't lose focus on the fact it was only the opening round. Wakefield can bounce back here, especially with Tim Smith back to guide them around the park and improve the kicking game.
I think they can edge a close game although the worry is they were dominated down the middle by Bradford last week and Hull KR do have plenty of size up front. It's not a game to have too strong an opinion in but home advantage is key.
Verdict: Wakefield to edge tight encounter
The Giants shouldn't dwell on last week's win over St Helens - they need to focus on how good they can be on Sunday. They were very meticulous in their first game, building pressure in all the right areas. If they do the same again then they'll win comfortably.
Craig Gower's kicking game will be vital for London but this looks to be a comfortable home win to me.
Verdict: Huddersfield to win and cover
Gareth Hock makes his debut for a Widnes side who got off to a winning start last week so they'll be raring to go. However despite the heavy defeat to Huddersfield last week, I didn't think St Helens were too far off the mark.
They were found wanting defensively and I expect them to bounce back on a quick playing surface that should suit their style of play.
Verdict: St Helens to win and cover