Rovers to rule in Hull derby
Ian Millward previews this evening's action in the Super League including a fascinating Hull derby.
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First of all, this used to be the blockbuster and it just goes to show that things change. Bradford lose prop Anthony Mullally back to Huddersfield and Leeds are too strong all across the park - to the extent they can rest Jamie Peacock and not be intimidated. The start reflects that Leeds will win but it's possible to switch off here knowing you have a Monday game if you are a Rhinos player. Twenty is probably too many points anyway so with distractions ahead for Leeds, Bradford are taken to win on the handicap.
A couple of the Australians will be interesting to watch here in terms of how they buy into this local derby and the passion. Both Walker brothers are out and there's still no Greg Eden which is surprising. KR have won their last three games and all against quality opposition, including Warrington. With Hull FC, their team is very steady but you feel KR will approach the game with confidence as Hull's halves are questionable and you worry about their scoring prowess. This looks made for KR with their imports providing they stand up to the mark and I can see them winning. I'll take Kingston Rovers in a fascinating derby.
As with Leeds, Catalans will just want to win this and get it out of the way. Return of Nick Slyney can give size to London whereas Catalans have lost both centres from last week. Clearly, they've been very good at times this year and even with Scott Dureau out, Catalans are too mobile for London who might need a wet track to cause an upset - which isn't in the forecast. Again though, with a quick turnaround Catalans may take their foot off the gas late on and perhaps London can sneak a handicap win.