Double looks Magic

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: May 17 2014, 19:19 BST

Former Super League-winning coach Ian Millward previews the rest of Super League's Magic Weekend.

Danny Brough: Can help Huddersfield to victory
Danny Brough: Can help Huddersfield to victory

Wakefield (+10) v Castleford (Sunday, 1230 BST)

Wakefield's last two performances (wins at Hull and Widnes) have been quite outstanding. Their team has had to be rebuilt and several players arrived late in the country, which helps explain why they are now improving. Andy Raleigh in the front row has certainly given them some size and punch up front. Cas have had some tough games of late and looked quite tired against Leeds last Thursday after a quick turnaround. A break may help them but this is a game Wakefield have got some good form in on Magic Weekend. I fancy them to cover here. Castleford can win the game but Wakefield, with their confidence and winning form, can hold onto a 10-12 point start.

Huddersfield v Bradford (+18) (Sunday, 1445 BST)

I think this is the time of season where Huddersfield can really stamp their mark on Super League. They are out of the Challenge Cup now which will help and they've had a lot of games where they haven't played the full 80 minutes. They showed good character last week given their injuries when they won at London. I can see them exploding into this game. The surface suits a big, quick team like the Giants. Bradford are without some key attacking players and Danny Brough will be able to feed the outside backs for Huddersfield, who look a confident pick for this weekend. I take them to win and cover.

Warrington (+6) v St Helens (Sunday, 1700 BST)

This is a tough one for both teams. You can't underestimate Waarington - they are inconsistent but can deliver. The loss of Ben Westwood and key forwards has affected their go-forward play and presence in midfield. Saints were clincal last week at Bradford and their forwards are big. That will be the case this week. Jonny Lomax looks set for another big game and I'd go with Saints to get the edge. They should have too much pressure through the middle and with the clincal kicking of Luke Walsh I expect them to win and cover.

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Canberra Raiders (+4) v Penrith Panthers (Sunday, 0505 BST)

The Raiders have conceded 50 points in each of the last two games. There's talk of a crisis and who will be sacked, but I just feel the scoreline in last week's game didn't reflect the character they showed. They dropped the ball a lot and take some of the resultant tries out and confidence in them would be much higher - the scoreline would have looked a lot different. At home this week, they can step up and cover.


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