Betfred Super League preview: Leeds Rhinos host Wigan Warriors in top-four clash and Warrington Wolves aim for six consecutive wins

Last Updated April 12 2018, 15:05Rugby League
Brian McDermott
Brian McDermott

The Betfred Super League is back on Thursday night as Widnes Vikings' clash with Hull FC kicks off the weekend's action.

Leeds Rhinos face off against Wigan Warriors in Sky Sports' live game on Friday night, before Warrington Wolves look to continue their winning run when they host Hull KR.

Sunday sees three games as Huddersfield Giants come up against Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity facing top of the table St. Helens at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

Castleford Tigers wrap up the weekend when they host Catalans Dragons at the Jungle at 15:30.

Tom Carnduff looks at some of the key games in the latest round of games.

Kallum Watkins
Kallum Watkins

Leeds host Wigan in top-four battle

It's the game of the weekend at Headingley on Friday night as Leeds Rhinos welcome Wigan Warriors.

Both sides sit within the top four after a positive first quarter of the season. Wigan sit four points behind St. Helens at the top, with Leeds just a point off the Warriors in fourth.

Victory for Leeds would see them overtake Wigan in the standings whilst also extending their unbeaten run to four. A win for Wigan would see them achieve consecutive away victories for the first time this season.

The Rhinos were boosted with the news that England centre and Rhinos captain Kallum Watkins has committed his long term future to the club by signing a new contract extension that will keep him in West Yorkshire until at least the end of the 2021 season.

Brian McDermott's side are set to welcome back Adam Cuthbertson, Joel Moon and Brett Delaney for the clash, which will be a much-welcome boost.


Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors betting (odds via Sky Bet)

  • Leeds Rhinos to win - 10/11
  • Drawn match - 18/1
  • Wigan Warriors to win - 10/11
  • Sam Tomkins & Liam Marshall Both To Score A Try - 11/2
  • Leeds to Score First, Lead at Half Time & Win the Match - 5/2

Cuthbertson has been sidelined since the World Club Challenge against Melbourne Storm in February with a hand injury whilst Moon and Delaney missed last Sunday’s 28-26 win at Wakefield Trinity.

For Wigan, they make just one change to the squad that won against the Catalan Dragons in Perpignan with Morgan Escaré returning to the squad to replace Ben Flower who is ruled out following a concussion last weekend.

Tom Davies is sidelined with an ankle injury but is hopeful of returning next week.

Steve Price
Steve Price

Warrington look for six consecutive wins

Warrington Wolves will aim to make it six wins on-the-bounce when they welcome Hull KR to the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Steve Price's side find themselves as the in-form team in Super League, and now join Wigan on 14 points, four behind St. Helens.

The Wolves were also boosted by contract news this week as Toby King has signed a contract extension with the club.

The 21-year-old has signed until November 2019. He made his debut in 2014 after moving from Huddersfield alongside brother George and has gone onto make 37 appearances, scoring eleven tries.

Following last weekend's win over Salford Red Devils, Price told warringtonwolves.com: "We are slowly building into the team we can be.


Warrington Wolves v Hull KR betting (odds via Sky Bet)

  • Warrington Wolves (-16 handicap) - 10/11
  • Drawn match - 25/1
  • Hull KR (+16 handicap) - 10/11
  • Highest scoring half - 1st half - 11/10

"We are showing it in a lot of areas but we understand there are areas we need to improve. There are glimpses of it and we are heading in the right direction.

"There’s still a lot of footy to be played and if we keep displaying those types of performances then the big picture will take care of itself."

Scott Grix
Scott Grix

Wakefield face uphill task to stop losing streak

Wakefield Trinity find themselves with a difficult task when they welcome St. Helens on Sunday afternoon.

Chris Chester's men have lost their last five games and have slipped down the table to seventh.

They face a Saints side who have won nine of their ten games so far and sit comfortably at the top of the Betfred Super League standings.

Trinity's form is stark contrast to their start to the season, where they won their four opening games and were rivalling Sunday's opponents for top spot.


Wakefield Trinity v St. Helens betting (odds via Sky Bet)

  • Wakefield Trinity to win - 9/4
  • Drawn match - 20/1
  • St. Helens to win - 1/3
  • St. Helens (-12 handicap) - 11/10
  • Half-time handicap - St. Helens (-6) - 6/5

Despite their current form, Wakefield will be hoping that home advantage can give them the edge of the opposition.

Speaking to Wakefield Trinity's club media, Kyle Wood said "we're at home again which is a big plus for us.

The support from the fans has been great all season. They make it a really good atmosphere and there's no better place to play when there is plenty of noise."

In a conversation with saintsrlfc.com, Justin Holbrook states that he's expecting a tough test. "We know we can get better and are still working towards that," said the Saints boss.

"The playing group is really level headed here and are training well. We know we have hard games coming up but every time we run out on to the field I feel confident in what we have done during the week, and that is all you can ask for.

"We set high standards here, they live to those and that continued this week. We gave them four days off and when you come back in it can take some time to get back into it.

"But it was the opposite, we had to pull them back a bit and it’s this that gives me confidence every week.

“Although we are happy with where we are at, we have another tough opponent coming up on Sunday."


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