Ride with Rovers

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: June 13 2014, 7:45 BST

Former title-winning coach Ian Millward previews the weekend's Super League action with Hull KR his pick.

Michael Monaghan: Will be missed by Warrington this weekend
Michael Monaghan: Will be missed by Warrington this weekend

Former title-winning coach Ian Millward previews the weekend's Super League action with Hull KR his pick.

Hull KR (+10) v Warrington - Friday 2000 BST

The bet of the round has to be Hull KR who get a 10-point start at home to Warrington. Hull KR have won three of their last five against Warrington who are missing Michael Monaghan. The home side have also had an extra week to prepare for this game and will be itching to go after conceding over 50 points in a poor performance at Cas. Although Warrington have won four on the trot they will struggle to cover 10 away at a fresh and raring-to-go Hull KR, who should be backed.

Wakefield v London (+6) - Friday 2000 BST

I'm keen on Wakefield here. Tim Smith returns, they've missed his organisation and kicking game and with a fresh face on the pitch and in the dugout Wakefield can score plenty. Taulima Tautai also returns in the forwards and as much as London Broncos have improved a lot, they are still conceding. Wakefield to win and cover.

Widnes v Hull (+4) - Friday 2000 BST

Hull have been extremely disappointing recently and have won just one of their last five. Widnes are hard to beat on their home ground and have been playing well. I wouldn't think the Challenge Cup took too much out of them as they had a very easy game and Kevin Brown is causing most opponents problems - he's their go-to man. Widnes Vikings are in very high spirits, are in good form and are playing against a very disappointing Hull side. Take Widnes to win and cover.

Wigan v Castleford (+8) - Friday 2000 BST

This start is the exact same start as last week in the Challenge Cup quarter-final and people have to keep in mind Castleford's strengths. Cas have won three games against Wigan this year and the return of Justin Carney makes them stronger. They dominated last week, are playing really well and Wigan were outdone in all aspects. However, Wigan do respond very well from a loss, they're at home and Cas have a lot on their mind with a semi-final coming up. This could be tight as Cas are playing great, but I'll take Wigan to just edge the handicap in this one.

Catalans (+10) v St Helens - Saturday 1700 BST

We don't know the team lists and whether Sam Williams will play for the Catalans - he's a good half-back from my team St George. Will Jon Wilkin play for Saints? They improve if he does. Saints are the better team, the weather could be a factor if hot but the Dragons are leaking points despite improvement. Luke Walsh can cause them all sorts of problems and St Helens can cover.

Salford v Bradford (+6) - Sunday 1500 BST

Last week will have taken a lot out of the Bradford team, they were poor and things aren't getting easier with Anthony Mullally going back to Huddersfield. Salford should win and win well despite not tasting victory for a while. Bradford lack size and will be flat after what's happened with the points deduction and all the disappointment. Take Salford to win and cover.

NRL:

South Sydney v Wests Tigers (+8) - Friday 1045 BST

These teams played earlier in the year and the Tigers smashed up the South Sydney forwards which was a shock - the Burgess brothers looked second rate! There could be some revenge in this game and with home advantage the Rabbitohs can win and cover.