There are just four games taking place in Super League this weekend because of the Challenge Cup, but we are still doing a week 7 acca. Check out what our Rugby League expert thinks and more importantly, do you agree with him?
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Toronto Wolfpack, Huddersfield Giants, Wakefield Trinity and Hull Kingston Rover are all in Challenge Cup fifth round action this weekend, meaning there are just four matches taking place in Super League.
Wigan lead the way at the top of Super League with Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants not far behind them. Check out what our rugby league thinks of this weekend’s games and see if you agree with his four-game acca.
Super League Tips: Hull FC vs Warrington Wolves (Thursday, 19:45 GMT)
Hull FC and Warrington Wolves both have an identical record of three wins and three defeats as they lock horns at the KCOM Stadium on Thursday evening.
Both of these teams got back to winning ways in round six and they will be keen to make it consecutive victories as they look to keep pace with the leaders.
The Black and Whites ended a run of three successive defeats with a narrow win over Wakefield Trinity. Hull led 20-6 at half-time at the Mobile Rocket Stadium on Friday, but an inspired second half performance from the hosts saw the game end 26-26 after 80 minutes.
This meant golden-point extra-time and it was Hull who kept their nerve with Marc Sneyd dropping over a field goal to win the game.
The Black and Whites will be without the suspended Ligi Sao for this one, while Manu Ma’u will also miss out after picking up a concussion against Wakefield.
Warrington were pushed all the way by Castleford Tigers as they secured a narrow win just seven days after being hammered by Leeds Rhinos.
Their defensive performance was a lot better and they only conceded one try as Blake Austin slotted over a drop goal in the dying seconds to win the game 9-8 after both teams wasted numerous chances to take the points.
Warrington bring back Anthony Gelling following a club suspension for a personal incident off the field and he is expected to slot back in at centre.
I’m not 100% convinced with Hull this season, they have won three matches but apart from the one at Leeds, they have not really been impressive. I’m backing Warrington to win this one with the handicap.
Super League Tips: Salford Red Devils vs Wigan Warriors (Friday, 19:45 GMT)
League leaders Wigan Warriors go in search of a fifth successive win in Super League when they travel to take on struggling Salford Red Devils on Friday night.
The Warriors sit top of the Super League ladder with five wins from six matches – their only defeat was a 16-12 loss at Castleford Tigers back in week two.
Wigan picked up their fourth consecutive win with a 30-16 win over Hull Kingston Rovers. The Robins pushed Wigan all the way, but the Warriors had too much class for them in the end as Jackson Hastings grabbed a brace of tries.
The Warriors will be without Ben Flower for two matches after he was suspended for a cannonball tackle, while Oliver Partington will sit out the next four games after being banned for dangerous contact on Hull KR’s Robbie Mulhern.
Salford. Who reached the Grand Final last season, are really struggling during this campaign. Their only victory was a round two success over Toronto Wolfpack.
They have since lost three games in succession, and they come into this clash on the back of yet another disappointing showing. They were beaten 30-14 away at Catalans Dragons with Ken Sio scoring twice for the visitors.
Salford are really out of sorts at the minute, while Wigan look strong in attack with the likes of Hastings, Bevan French and Liam Farrell continuing to dominate. I cannot see anything other than a comfortable Wigan win in this one.
Super League Tips: Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos (Saturday, 17:00 GMT)
The one thing that Catalans Dragons rely on during their home matches at the Stade Gilbert Brutus Stadium is the vociferous crowd cheering them on – well that won’t be in their favour on Saturday.
The French government have banned events that hold more than 1000 people because of the Coronavirus, and this means Saturday’s game will be played behind closed doors.
It will be strange for the players to be playing in front of no spectators, some players feed off the crowd to get them going. This will seem more like a training session than a full-blown Super League contest.
Catalans Dragon have not tasted defeat in Super League since the opening weekend and are looking very good during the opening rounds of the campaign. They have only played four matches because of Storm Ciara and St Helens’ involvement in the World Club Challenge, but they are starting to find their feet.
The Dragons come into this game on the back of a 30-14 win over Salford Red Devils at the Stade Gilbert Brutus. They led 18-0 at one stage, but they fell asleep as Salford scored three tries of their own before late tries from Fouad Yaha and Lewis Tierney saw the French side home.
The Dragons will be without star player Sam Tomkins after he landed a two-game suspension for a trip during the win over Salford – this could have massive say in the outcome of the match.
They come up against a Leeds side brimming with confidence having not lost a league game since their round one loss against Hull FC.
They have won four games on the bounce against Hull KR, Salford and Warrington Wolves, while they come into this game on the back of a convincing win over Toronto Wolfpack. The Rhinos ran in 11 tries with Luke Gale and Robert Lui both grabbing two tries apiece, while Konrad Hurrell, Adam Cuthbertson, Mikolaj Oledzki, Cameron Smith, Ash Handley, Richie Myler and Brad Dwyer all crossing over as they ruined former Rhino coach Brian McDermott’s return to Headingley.
This is a difficult one to call as they are both playing well, but I’m going for the visitors in this one. I think not having a vocal crowd on their back will definitely go in their favour. I’m backing Leeds to come back France with two competition points.
Super League Tips: Castleford Tigers vs St Helens (Sunday, 15:30 GMT)
St Helens cannot lose two Super League matches in succession, that is almost unheard of.
The Saints only lost three matches during the whole 2019 Super League season, but they have already lost two from their first five matches.
They do have a game in hand over league leaders Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants in third, but they know they have to improve if they are to remain in the top four.
The defending champions lost on home soil last Friday for the first time since going down to Wigan in the Super 8s back in August 2018. They were turned over 12-10 against Huddersfield Giant, who bounced back from their first defeat of the season the week before.
St Helens led 10-6 at half-time through tries from Luke Thompson and Morgan Knowles, but they failed to register a single point in the second half as Jake Wardle’s try and Aidan Sezer’s conversion sealed a hard-fought win.
Castleford are looking good this season and even without some of their key players, they are playing some good rugby and are only two points off top spot.
The Tigers were also in a war last weekend as they went down by just one point in a 9-8 defeat away at Warrington. This was only Castleford’s second defeat of the season and they did pick up a few knocks and I’m not sure they will be able to beat the Saints.
The Saints want to prove they are worthy champions and they are always given a tough test at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle, but I’m backing the champions to take this one just.