Row in with Roosters in NRL
Ian Millward previews this weekend's action in the Super League, NRL and Kingstone Press Championship.
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Team selection is going to be key here. Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Brett Delaney both seemed to pick up injuries last week and are key men for the visitors. Without either they'd lack a little resistance in the middle of the park. If both miss out it would be a huge blow.
The week off will have been really good for Wigan. The announcement that Sam Tomkins is leaving to play in the NRL next season means all eyes will be on him on Friday night. He'll be looking for a huge 80 minutes in his final game at the DW Stadium.
Leeds for me have looked jaded in their last two games. They fell away badly at Warrington and just lacked the killer instinct for long periods against St Helens.
Last year's play-off apart, Wigan have had the edge over Leeds at home in recent years. Expect that to continue and the home side to book their place at Old Trafford.
Manly have been one of the toughest teams in the NRL in recent seasons and the return of Brett Stewart does give them an added dimension in attack. But they also have plenty of walking wounded in their squad at the moment and have had to really cling on for wins in recent weeks.
The Souths can call on one of the most potent players in the competiion in Greg Inglis and play a very structured, grinding style of football. They'll expose any lack of energy and petrol in the Manly tank. They look the bet.
The Roosters have strikepower all over the field but their forwards can be underrated. Look at the stats, they've made more metres than any pack in the NRL and have the most offloads.
In contrast, the Knights six is one of the lowest metre makes in the comp but they are a very gutsy team as we've seen in recent weeks. I just feel they've gone as far as they can this year. Their form against the top four teams has been very poor and I'm not sure they can back up again.
I take the Roosters to be too big, too quick, too good and make them my best bet of the weekend.
Kingstone Press Championship
Batley have been the Rocky Balboa of the Kingstone Press Championship in recent weeks. They've been on the canvas in their last two games - but got off it and earned thrilling Golden Point wins in extra time.
Last week they looked down and out at Featherstone but somehow found a way back to win the game. It's been a remarkable run - but I think they'll come up a game short.
Sheffield have more attacking prowess than their rivals - especially in the back three where they are exceptionally strong.
Quentin Laulu-Togagage and Menzie Yere will revel in the wide open pitch at the Leigh Sports Village and half-back Dominic Brambani will be pulling all the strings.
The Eagles by more than eight is my prediction.