The Super League campaign hits round four this weekend with five more mouth-watering games taking place. St Helens and Catalans Dragon are not in Super League action this weekend due to the former’s involvement in the World Club Challenge.
Super League Tips: Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity (Friday, 1945 GMT)
Castleford Tigers come into this fierce Yorkshire derby on the back of their first defeat of the season.
The Tigers, who had started the campaign with wins over Toronto Wolfpack and Wigan Warriors, headed over to the South of France in confident mood as they went to face the Catalans Dragons.
All the talk before the game was of controversial star Israel Folau making his Super League debut for the Dragons. He started the game and also scored a try, while Sam Tomkins grabbed a hat-trick as the Tigers went down 36-18.
Wakefield have only played two matches compared to Castleford’s three as their home game with Catalans in round two was postponed because of Storm Ciara.
They looked out of sorts in round one when they were turned over by Hull Kingston Rovers. However, they recorded the surprise win of the season so far in round three with a win over Warrington Wolves.
Tries from Matty Ashurst and Tom Johnstone in the second half saw Trinity beat the Wolves 18-8.
I’m not saying that was a fluke, but I cannot see Trinity backing that up this weekend. We expect the Tigers to win this one quite comfortably on home soil.
Super League Tips: Hull KR vs Huddersfield Giants (Friday, 1945 GMT)
The only team that is still unbeaten in Super League in 2020 is the Huddersfield Giants. They may have only played two matches, but that isn’t the point.
They started their campaign with a strong performance in the South of France with a 32-12 win over the Dragons. They did not feature in round two because of the weather, and they came back refreshed and claimed a hard-fought 12-10 win over Salford Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The Giants have an amazing player in Aidan Sezer. The former NRL half-back adds a lot of composure to the Giants squad and his kicking game is second-to-none. If Sezer stays fit and he is backed up by his team-mates, then the Giants could have a good season.
Hull Kingston Rovers still remain everyone’s favourite to be relegated this season, despite impressing in two of their three matches this season. They won their opener against Wakefield, before valiantly going down against rivals Hull FC in week two.
They were far from impressive in week three as they conceded nine tries as they went down 52-10 away against Leeds Rhinos.
The Giants have looked impressive in their two wins, but it’s a bit too early to have them down as Grand Final contenders just yet. Saying that, I believe they will extend their run to three successive wins with victory over the Robins.
Super League Tips: Warrington Wolves vs Toronto Wolfpack (Friday, 1945 GMT)
Warrington Wolves are still chasing their first league title win since 1955, and they will need to improve on last weekend’s showing if they are to end that hoodoo this season.
The Wolves played well in their opening day defeat at Wigan and they hammered defending champions St Helens a week later, to show they should be taken seriously as a Grand Final contender.
All that hard work counted for nothing last Sunday as they went down to a shock defeat away at Wakefield Trinity. The Wolves led 8-6 with 19 minutes remaining but tries from Matty Ashurst and Tom Johnstone saw Trinity take the points.
Toronto Wolfpack are finding life in Super League difficult on a number of levels.
They have yet to win any of their three matches this season, and they are down on troops. Toronto only have a 23-man squad and for their game against Wigan they actually only had 17 fit and available players up for selection.
They conceded two late tries against Wigan to blow the score out to 32-10, but the score line doesn’t show how well they played.
It won’t be long until they get their first win, but it won’t be against Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday.
Super League Tips: Salford Red Devils vs Leeds Rhinos (Saturday, 1400 GMT)
Salford Red Devils will be up against it this Saturday when they take on Leeds Rhinos at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The Red Devils will be without Kevin Brown for this game after he was suspended for two matches. The former Wigan, Huddersfield, Widnes and Warrington stand-off was cited and banned for a headbutt on Huddersfield’s Jordan Turner. Brown was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes, but he has since been suspended for the incident.
Salford have lost two and won one of their three games. They come into this game on the back of a 12-10 loss against the Giants and we think they will suffer back-to-back defeats.
Leeds have only played twice this season. They were embarrassed against Hull FC in round one and following a week off they hit back in style against Hull KR in week three.
Harry Newman and Cameron Smith both grabbed two tries apiece, while Jack Walker, Ash Handley, Konrad Hurrell, James Donaldson and Richie Myler all got over the try line in a 52-10 victory.
We can only see a Leeds win in this one, they will be lifted by their win last time out and we are backing them to win this one with the handicap.
Super League Tips: Wigan Warriors vs Hull FC (Sunday, 1500 GMT)
Wigan play back-to-back home matches in Super League looking to register their third win of the season.
The Warriors have won both their home matches against Warrington Wolves and Toronto Wolfpack this season, with their only defeat being a 16-12 loss away against Castleford Tigers.
The 32-10 score line over the Wolfpack flattered Wigan a little bit, but they did score some quality tries and looked unplayable at times. Bevan French and Liam Farrell both scored two tries each, while youngster Harry Smith scored and Joe Burgess competed a long range effort.
Hull were unbeaten going into their round three clash against champions St Helens, but they were turned over 32-18. They were outplayed by the Saints and Lee Radford will be eager to get his team back to winning ways.
Wigan have yet to hit top form yet, but the likes of Bevan French and Jackson Hastings are getting better with each game. We expect those two to shine again we are backing Wigan with the handicap.