Take Wolves and Dragons to cover

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: April 20 2014, 14:53 BST

Former Super League-winning coach Ian Millward has a handicap double for Easter Monday's action.

Chris Hill: Starred for Warrington in their Friday victory
Chris Hill: Starred for Warrington in their Friday victory

With the quick turnaround over the Easter period, I'll cut to the chase when looking at Monday's action.

I've got two standout bets for Super League.

The first is in Castleford v Warrington. Warrington have struggled because of the loss of key experienced players in the off-season. But their win over Widnes on Friday really will give them the confidence. Gareth O'Brien and Stefan Ratchford worked well together, while Chris Hill was the most dominant forward in that game.

I think it's a good time to go to Castleford. They got beaten on the bell against St Helens and were nowhere near as good against Wakefield. There are just some cracks appearing which could be exposed by the Wolves.

Warrington have been building and improving every week and I'm very keen on them winning and covering the start.

The second part of my double is on Catalan Dragons, who host Hull KR in the televised game.

Last year after winning the Easter derby, Rovers followed up by conceding over 80 points at home.

Obviously that's been talked about and in particular about how it can't happen again but to take the bar higher this year they've got to get on a plane and go to France.

I know from my time with Saints and Wigan what these derby games take out of you - it's both emotionally and physically difficult with such a quick turnaround.

Catalan only just won versus London which was an early reminder that if they are to continue their good form they need to concentrate.

However, with that jolt they received against London, I think they'll be OK here. There are rumours and mumblings that some key players may return for them in this one too.

With Hull backing up after that derby, I take Catalan to win and cover the start.

There also a couple of teams I like the look of in the NRL games taking place on Monday.

Parramatta Eels face Wests Tigers in the first. Both these sides have achieved so much so far with their attacking style of play. Parramatta have had some tough games and it may have taken a lot out of them playing Roosters last week.

Tigers are without their captain but their pack of forwards can get over the top and they're not as reliant on their skipper as previous seasons. Tigers may even win this but with start are they're good bet.

Penrith then host the Gold Coast Titans. Penrith come into this having lost a couple of games but they've been in awful conditions.

Gold Coast are going well but they've had a lot of luck so far to go with great defence complementing their opportunist attack. At home, Penrith can take advantage this time and both win and cover.


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