The next round of Super League fixtures kicks off on Friday night when Hull KR face Catalans Dragons and Salford entertain St Helens.
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KR are currently one of the form teams in the competition, having won their last four matches but will certainly have their work cut out to beat the high-flying Dragons (KR 10/11, draw 18/1, Dragons 10/11).
In recent games, the Hull side appear to have thrown off the shackles and have produced some scintillating rugby, something that seems to have coincided with scrum-half Michael Dobson’s return to form.
The Australian is rightly regarded as one of Super League best half-backs and will once again be looking to prove his worth on Friday.
After years of struggling to establish themselves, the Catalans are now one of the league’s most exciting sides and this season have added some much-needed steel to their traditional flair.
However, they have come unstuck in recent weeks, losing to both Wigan and Salford, and it could be argued the break came at just the right time for the French outfit.
Their key man will undoubtedly be Scott Dureau, who will hope to bounce back from a disappointing performance for the Exiles against England last Saturday.
Dureau’s kicking and distribution perfectly complement his outside backs and a strong performance from him could see the Dragons end their poor run.
This one looks almost too close to call but the Dragons’ extra flair might just see them edge it (Dragons 5/1 to win by 1-5 points).
The other game sees Salford take on St Helens, who finally appear to be over their early season slump (Salford 11/4, draw 25/1, St Helens 1/4).
The City Reds have once again punched above their weight in 2012 and, as already mentioned, recently recorded a surprise win against the Dragons.
However, they are plagued by inconsistency and winger Danny Williams appears to be the personification of all their troubles.
Williams, who recently signed a new contract with the club, can sometimes have games where he looks untouchable while on other days he can barely beat a man and the Reds will be hoping he has one of his better days on Friday.
The Saints (9/1 Grand Final outright) are currently a side in transition and, despite their disappointing results, have persevered with promoting their youngsters – a policy that saw them reach the Grand Final last season.
Their inconsistencies from 2011 appear to have continued this time around but their struggles seem to have strengthened some of their players in recent months, most notably scrum-half Jonny Lomax.
Lomax has long been touted as the future of the club and has now established himself as Sean Long’s successor so look out for another big game from him.
Like the first match, this game could be tight, especially if it rains, but Saints will expect the victory and should run out comfortable winners in the end (Saints 9/2 to win by 11-15 points).