Super League Round 3 Predictions & Tips

Dave Kuzio:
Super League Weekly Rounds

Super League returns following the Challenge Cup this week with six matches being played from Thursday until Sunday. Get's best bets from a selection of round 3 encounters.

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Super League Round 3 Predictions & Tips: Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (Thursday 19:45 BST)

Leeds Rhinos will be looking to end a losing run of two matches in all competitions when they entertain Wigan Warriors at Headingley on Thursday evening. The Rhinos opened up their campaign with a win over Wakefield Trinity in round one, but since then they have lost to Castleford Tigers in the league and were dumped out of the Challenge Cup by St Helens at the weekend. Wigan have won all three games they have been involved in this season, they have beaten Leigh Centurions and Wakefield Trinity in Super League and kept York City Knights scoreless in the Challenge Cup at the weekend. The Rhinos will be up against it again on Thursday, they will be without key playmaker Luke Gale for at least a month after sustaining a fractured thumb. He pulls the strings, and head coach Richard Agar could be forced to hand a club debut to Kyle Eastmond who has not played rugby league since leaving St Helens in 2011. Wigan rested a number of players for their cup tie with York, but they should have Tommy Leuluai, Liam Farrell and possibly Bevan French for the trip to Headingley. Leeds will struggle without Gale, and although Wigan have not hit top form yet, I am backing them to remain unbeaten with a hard-fought victory.

Super League Round 3 Predictions & Tips: St Helens v Wakefield Trinity (Friday 18:00 BST)

Defending champions St Helens have started the 2021 Super League season in fine style with two wins from two, while they defeated Challenge Cup holders Leeds Rhinos on Saturday to advance to the quarter-finals of the competition. Wakefield Trinity have lost all three matches they have been involved in. They have been beaten by Leeds and Wigan Warriors in the league, while the Catalans Dragons dumped them out of the Challenge Cup. The Saints should have no real problems against Trinity with the likes of Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages and Lachlan Coote pulling the strings. I am backing the Saints to win this one comfortably and put more pressure on Trinity coach Chris Chester.