Last weekends Super 8’s were terrific and apart from us falling foul of the 6 point handicap line in the Castleford-Hull game, we had it off in all the other games. They were high intensity, quality games of Rugby and I expect no difference this weekend, starting on Thursday with this cracker.
Its obvious isnt it? Castleford at home at the Jungle, in winning form versus Warrington who were thumped by Leeds and have been thinking about Challenge Cup glory while nursing a handful of injuries to top players. Not so fast lightening, there might be more to this.
Mark my words any team without Ben Westwood is weakened immediately but his suspension is now over and he returns rested and fired up. Ryan Atkins also returns this week as does Gary O’Brien and Ben Harrison and Tony Smith is far from panicking after a week one loss, although even he would admit another would be curtains for their 2015 aspirations. He said in the press that it was the best he had seen Leeds play and any team would have struggled, let alone one with a string of key players missing and he fancies it this week. Why wouldnt he, they trounced the Tigers last time out. That was however not the same Tigers team playing at the moment and more will be needed for the Wolves to get the 2 points this week.
Castleford looked strong last week against Hull and they got the job done, even if at times their game management wasn’t brilliant (if you are leading by twelve and have a chance at a drop goal – make it three scores every time). They also went to sleep when they got 12 points up and that cant happen against a team who pose so many more scoring threats than Hull and are defensively as good. One or two niggling injuries in the game last week for the Tigers but nothing that will stop Coach Powell from naming the same team this Thursday, although that will still be without Denny Solomona who could be right for Super 8’s round three.
I think the Tigers have a tough assignment and so do the layers. I expected to see a bigger price than 6/5 about Warrington away from home but the odds compilers think the same as we do and aren’t taking any chances. A stronger Wolves side will be a tough nut to crack and I just think Warrington will score too many points for the Tigers who at times looked leaky and soft against a fairly tame Hull attack. Get on early, I expect even more tightening of the Wolves price and they could go off favourites.