The Super League enters round six with six more top quality games on show. Wigan and Castleford lead the way at the top, while Toronto Wolfpack are still winless at the bottom. Check out this six-game acca and see if you agree with our rugby league expert.
The Super League campaign hits round six this weekend with six more mouth-watering games taking place. There are no teams still unbeaten after Wigan Warriors beat Huddersfield Giants 42-10 last weekend. Check out this ACCA and see if you agree with our Rugby League expert?
Super League Tips: Leeds Rhinos vs Toronto Wolfpack (Thursday, 19:45 GMT)
Leeds Rhinos will be looking to make it three wins in succession when they welcome the Toronto Wolfpack to Headingley on Thursday evening.
The Rhinos surprised a few people when they were convincingly beaten in round one on home soil against Hull FC, but since then Richard Agar’s men have looked in fine form. They have beaten Hull Kingston Rovers, Salford Red Devils and Warrington Wolves – scoring 110 points and just conceding 18. That is some going.
They were a joy to watch last week against Warrington. 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.
Jack Walker will be missing for Leeds after he limped out of the action against Warrington with an ankle injury and he is expected to be replaced by Richie Myler.
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.
The Wolfpack have been boosted with the news that Bodene Thompson has been cleared to play. He was sent off against St Helens for a shoulder charge, but he did not receive a ban.
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 by 13 or more points.
Super League Tips: Wakefield Trinity vs Hull FC (Friday, 19:45 GMT)
Hull FC will be looking to end a run of three consecutive Super League defeats and prevent head coach Lee Radford from being the first coaching casualty of the season.
Hull FC got off to a great start with back-to-back wins against Leeds Rhinos and fierce local rivals Hull Kingston Rovers, but they have seriously gone downhill in recent weeks.
They put in poor second half showings in their defeats against St Helens and Wigan Warriors, while they failed to hold onto a 28-10 lead at home against Catalans Dragons as they conceded the game with a last-gasp James Maloney try to lose 34-29.
Hull will be without winger Adam Swift and half-back Jake Connor after picking up hamstring and knee problems respectively in the defeat against the Dragons. Connor Wynne has been called into the squad, as has Joe Cator as he looks to make his club debut.
Trinity are a little bit hit and miss as well at the start of the season. They were turned over by Hull KR in week one, before taking advantage of a week off and knocking over Warrington Wolves. They then surrendered against rivals Castleford Tigers before hitting back with an away win at Salford Red Devils.
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 Radford’s men to take all two competition points.
Super League Tips: St Helens vs Huddersfield Giants (Friday, 19:45 GMT)
St Helens bounced back to winning ways last time out and they should have no real problems getting past the Huddersfield Giants on Friday.
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 beaten them.
St Helens have named Australian-born Great Britain international Lachlan Coote in their 21-man squad after missing the last four matches through injury. If he plays, then Coote adds another dimension to their attack and allows the likes of Jonny Lomax and Theo Fages to control matters. Aaron Smith will not be playing for Saints this weekend, he landed a one-match suspension for a Grade A tackle, while James Bentley is missing with an ankle problem.
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.
Huddersfield will be without Suaia Matagi after he was found guilty of tripping Wigan’s Bevan French and will be suspended for one game. Head coach Simon Woolford has included Sam Hewitt and Jon Luke Kirby in the matchday squad for the first time this season.
The game against Wigan 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 win with the handicap.
Super League Tips: Warrington Wolves vs Castleford Tigers (Friday, 19:45 GMT)
Warrington Wolves look a shadow of the team that won the Challenge Cup last season. They have won just two of their opening five Super League matches and were totally outclassed last week.
They come into Friday’s game against second placed Castleford Tigers on the back of an embarrassing 36-0 hammering at the hands of Leeds Rhinos. The Wolves were kept scoreless at Headingley and 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.
Daryl Clark has been an injury doubt for most of the week, but he has been named in the 21-man squad ahead of the game.
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.
Liam Watts is missing for the Tigers this weekend with a finger ligament injury, while Alex Foster has been named in the squad for the first time in 2020 following a serious knee injury sustained last season.
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 look to be one of the surprise packages of the Super League season and they actually have two games in hand over some teams.
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 13 or more points.
Super League Tips: Wigan Warriors vs Hull Kingston Rovers (Sunday, 15:00 GMT)
Wigan Warriors are looking good this season and we are backing them to make it four wins in succession when they entertain an injury hit Hull Kingston Rovers team on Sunday afternoon.
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 head coach 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 with the handicap.