Warriors look ready for battle
Ian Millward previews Sunday's Super League games plus some of the weekend action in the NRL.
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London just won't be able to compete with Warrington, who will win. Broncos are putting players together but lack continuity and don't have the forwards to dominate in the ruck area.
Warrington will keep growing in confidence and they're a team, in this game, that should dominate from the off. The likes of Rhys Evans will score plenty and Wolves should cover even this start.
As much as people have been critical of Catalans, they've been without their best players and Ian Henderson is now out so they've done well enough considering. They do lack a bit of direction without their experienced players and they've struggled to score.
Wakefield should get stronger every week and can win their first game here. They've got players coming back to add depth and are growing in confidence. This is a game they can win and they should cover the start, too.
Castleford couldn't have started the year any better and they're defending well thanks to extra depth in their ranks.
But I'd be wary of Wigan this week, with the likes of Eddy Pettybourne back in the team and a few of them rested up. Sean O'Loughlin needed the match practice against Wakefield and the Wigan attack will ask plenty of Castleford's defence.
Cas will start confidently as they always do at home but this is a different level and Wigan's attacking structure should see them win and cover.
The Cowboys impressed against Titans in their last trial game and Canberra have some key players out for this hot, humid test in North Queensland.
With Jonathan Thurston starting so well on the back of a big pack of forwards, North Queensland rate one of the better bets of the weekend. They can start their campaign off with a good win.
Warriors are the most unpredictable team in NRL - they could win or finish bottom this year. But they do have size, pace and skill and Sam Tomkins gives them the x-factor.
Parramatta were the wooden-spooners last year and their new players will need time to gel together. William Hopoate will need time to adjust on his return and New Zealand can start well and control the ball.
I expect them to win and cover.