There are no unbeaten teams left in the Super League as we enter round six. Who will come out on top this weekend? Do you agree with the predictions from our rugby league expert.
Super League Tips: Leeds Rhinos vs Toronto Wolfpack (Thursday, 19:45 GMT)
I backed Toronto Wolfpack to shock St Helens last weekend and was completely wrong, but don’t worry I won’t be making that mistake again. The Wolfpack were abysmal against the champions. I expected Saints to put out a weak side, but they didn’t and they ran in five unanswered tries as they cruised to a 32-0 win at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. They will struggle again this Thursday, Leeds hit top form in round five as they hammered Warrington Wolves 36-0 with Jack Walker, Richie Myler, Ash Handley, Konrad Hurrell, Ava Seumanufagai and Brad Dwyer all scoring tries. The Rhinos will be too strong for the Wolfpack, yes, they have Sonny Bill Williams and Jon Wilkin, but they cannot do it all on their own. Their squad at this moment in time is not good enough to be competing in Super League. I fancy Leeds to have a comfortable night and I’m backing them to win this with the handicap.
Super League Tips: Wakefield Trinity vs Hull FC (Friday, 19:45 GMT)
Hull FC have seen a good start to the season fall away dramatically. They won their opening two matches against Leeds Rhinos and Hull Kingston Rovers and they were tipped for big things. But since then, they have lost three in succession against St Helens, Wigan Warriors and Catalans Dragons – the defeat to the Dragons saw them throw away a 28-10 lead to lose in the dying seconds to a James Maloney try as they went down 34-29. Trinity have managed to pick up two wins from their four matches this season, they defeated Warrington Wolves in week three before going to Salford last weekend and coming away with the points. Wakefield still have a game in hand, but I honestly think Hull will bounce back this weekend. A lot of soul searching will have gone on at the club this week and I’m backing Lee Radford’s men to get back to winning ways with a 1-12 points victory.
Super League Tips: St Helens vs Huddersfield Giants (Friday, 19:45 GMT)
St Helens didn’t need to be at their best last weekend as they ran in five tries on their way to a comfortable 32-0 win over bottom club Toronto Wolfpack. The Saints surprised many people by fielding a strong team against the Wolfpack after such a gruelling encounter against Sydney Roosters in the World Club Challenge, but looking at how poorly the Canadian side played, even a weak side would have turned them over. The Giants tasted their first defeat of the season last weekend when they were beaten 42-10 at home to league leaders Wigan Warriors. Huddersfield were the better team for the first half an hour, but Aidan Sezer was sin binned for 10 minutes and the Warriors ran in four tries while he was off the field. That was Huddersfield’s biggest challenge so far, and they came up well short. I cannot see them being good enough to trouble the Saints. Sezer cannot do it all on his own, he needs support. So, I’m backing St Helens to take the competition points with a 16-20 points victory.
Super League Tips: Warrington Wolves vs Castleford Tigers (Friday, 19:45 GMT)
Warrington Wolves are going through a tough time at the moment. They have won just two matches out of five and head into Friday’s clash against second placed Castleford Tigers having been hammered by Leeds in round five. The Wolves were kept scoreless at Headingley last Friday as they looked out of sorts in a 36-0 defeat. The partnership between Gareth Widdop and Blake Austin has yet to get going, while it has been revealed that Matty Ashton will be out of action for at least four months with a hamstring problem. The Tigers are looking good in 2020 and they have even been struggling with injuries. They have lost just once this season – away at Catalans Dragons – and they come into this game on the back of a convincing 28-8 win away at Hull Kingston Rovers. Danny Richardson and Paul McShane are in fine form for Daryl Powell’s side and I am expecting them to be on top form at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. I’m going for Castleford to pick up their fifth win of the season.
Super League Tips: Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils (Saturday, 18:00 GMT)
Catalans Dragons have only played three games this season as we enter round six. Their week two clash at Wakefield Trinity was postponed because of Storm Ciara, while they didn’t play in round four as they were due to play St Helens who were involved in the World Club Challenge. From their three matches, they have won two and are looking quite good. They fought back from 28-10 down with 20 minutes remaining to clinch a 34-29 win in the last minute through a James Maloney try. I’ve got to admit, Salford have been a massive disappointment after five matches. Their only win this season was victory over Toronto Wolfpack, and even then, they needed late tries to secure the win. They were turned over on home soil by Wakefield last Sunday and it is difficult to see where their next win will come from. I’m backing the Dragons to win this one quite comfortably. Sam Tomkins seems to be back to his best, while Maloney and Israel Folau are starting to get into the swing of things. I’m going for the French side to win this one by 21-25 points.
Super League Tips: Wigan Warriors vs Hull Kingston Rovers (Sunday, 15:00 GMT)
Wigan Warriors lead the way at the top of the Super League ladder after five rounds of action. They are above Castleford Tigers on points difference. The Warriors have lost just one game this season and they put an end to Huddersfield Giants unbeaten start last weekend. Wigan ran in eight tries to one with Liam Marshall grabbing a hat=trick. His second try has already been tipped for try of the season, it was just pure individual brilliance. Willie Isa, Sam Powell, Dom Manfredi, Oliver Partington and George Burgess all crossed for tries as Wigan produced some entertaining rugby that coach Adrian Lam has been promising for over a year. Hull KR are still struggling with injuries with Matt Parcell, Harvey Livett, Jordan Abdull, Jamie Ellis and Weller Hauraki all on the sidelines. The Robins will never throw in the towel under Tony Smith, but the way Wigan are playing, they could be on the end of a hiding. Bevan French, Jackson Hastings, Marshall, Powell, Zak Hardaker and Liam Farrell are all playing well and we are backing the home team to win this by 26-30 points.