The 2020 Super League season hits round four this weekend with just five games because of the World Club Challenge and BettingPro.com's resident Rugby League expert has picked out who he thinks will be winning this weekend.
Super League Tips: Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity (Friday, 1945 GMT)
A local derby takes place on Friday evening at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle with Castleford Tigers taking on Wakefield Trinity. This might not be seen as a massive rivalry like Wigan versus St Helens or the Hull Derby, but it’s quite fierce and there is no love lost between the two clubs. The Tigers come into this game on the back of their first defeat of the season in another game that they were merely a sideshow in. They were kept out of the spotlight in round one when they defeated Toronto Wolfpack in Sonny Bill Williams’ first game and they were cast aside in the game last Saturday when the controversial Israel Folau made his debut. Folau scored on his debut as the Catalans Dragons ran out 36-18 winners. Wakefield, on the other hand, come into this game on the back of their first win of the season. It was only their second game as their round two match with Catalans was postponed due to the weather. They came out on top last Sunday with a superb 18-8 win over Warrington Wolves in Gareth Widdop’s first game in Super League. That was a massive win for Trinity, but Castleford are a different animal on their own pitch. I cannot see anything other than Tigers win in this one by 13 points or more.
Super League Tips: Hull KR vs Huddersfield Giants (Friday, 1945 GMT)
Huddersfield Giants are the only team that remain undefeated in the 2020 Super League season. Granted they have only played two games, but they have won them both. They defeated Catalans Dragons in the South of France in round one, before having their game against Leeds postponed because of Storm Ciara. They rested well and picked up a hard-fought win over Salford Red Devils last Friday with Adam O’Brien and Louis Senior grabbing the tries in a 12-10 win. Hull KR, who won and lost their opening two games with impressive performances against Wakefield Trinity and Hull FC, were played off the park at Headingley on Friday evening. The Robins conceded nine tries in a 52-10 defeat with Greg Minikin and Jordan Abdull getting over the line for Hull KR. 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 a convincing win over the Robins.
Super League Tips: Warrington Wolves vs Toronto Wolfpack (Friday, 1945 GMT)
Warrington Wolves received a rude awakening last weekend as they went down 18-8 against Wakefield Trinity in round three. The Wolves have been backed to win their first league title win since 1955, but they have lost two of their opening three matches so far. Even the debut of England and Great Britain star Gareth Widdop couldn’t prevent the Wolves from losing. They welcome the Toronto Wolfpack to the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday, and we expect them to get back to winning ways. The Wolfpack have yet to win a game in Super League, but they are getting better each week. A lapse in concentration and lack of troops saw them concede two late tries in their 32-10 defeat at Wigan in round three, but the score line wasn’t a measure of their effort and commitment. It is unknown if Sonny Bill Williams will be back in the country after the birth of his child, but he is not expected to be involved in this game. Warrington will still be smarting from that defeat at Wakefield, and no team wants to be the first to lose to the newly-promoted Wolfpack. We are backing the Wolves to dominate this game and claim a 16-20 points victory.
Super League Tips: Salford Red Devils vs Leeds Rhinos (Saturday, 1400 GMT)
Leeds Rhinos picked up their first win of the Super League season in round three as they ran in nine tries in their 52-10 win over Hull Kingston Rovers. Leeds have only played two games because their round two game at Huddersfield Giants was postponed because of Storm Ciara. They were awful in week one against Hull FC, but they bounced back in style against the Robins. 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. Salford come into this game without key layer Kevin Brown after he was suspended for two matches for aiming a headbutt at Jordan Turner during their 12-10 loss against Huddersfield in round three. Brown is crucial for Salford, and his loss will see them lose at lot of their attacking promise. Tui Lolohea is a class player, but he cannot do it on his own. If Salford are to win, then the rest of the team are going to have to step up. 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 by 13+ points.
Super League Tips: Wigan Warriors vs Hull FC (Sunday, 1500 GMT)
This has the potential to be the game of round four. Both Wigan and Hull have won two and lost one this season and they always seem to serve up a quality game of rugby league. The Warriors took their time getting into the swing of things last week against Toronto Wolfpack, but they kicked on in the final 10 minutes to grab the win. Bevan French and Liam Farrell both scored two tries each, while Harry Smith and Joe Burgess were also on the score sheet. 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 and guide the Warriors to win this by 6-10 points.