It’s always one of the biggest games of the season, but if Warrington have any hope of toppling Saints at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday they’ll have to come up with a whole lot more than they did last week against Catalans.
After heading into the break with the scores locked, Wolves completely capitulated in the second half as the Dragons scored 18 unanswered points. A late Wire fightback saw them get within six points, but it was a case of too little too late.
The scoreline flattered the hosts, who after the game received the hairdryer treatment from a livid Daryl Powell. Their new boss refused to accept the flat performance and demanded that his players mentality must change. With the amount of money that club have spent over the last 15 years with very little return, you do wonder!
I honestly can’t see much changing ahead of Friday. I think Saints have far too much class to slip up, and I’m backing them to keep their 100% winning run in tact.
Title sponsors Betfred have Saints heavy 1/3 favourites to take both points, with Warrington 9/4 to spring an upset.
I’m going for a home win by 16 points or more.
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My predictions were pretty much spot on last week, with Catalans beating Warrington, Wigan taking the points from Toulouse despite trying their best to throw it away, and Saints having too much for Hull KR.
It was a pretty clinical display over in east Hull as Saints posted their biggest win of the season so far, scoring 42 and conceding just eight. Sione Mata’utia yet again led the way for us with a barnstorming display scoring two tries and assisting in others.
Meanwhile, youngsters Lewis Dodd and Jack Welsby continue to go from strength to strength. I love how both are such a running threat but also have the ability to find that defence-splitting pass.
Saints unsurprisingly remain clear 6/4 favourites with Betfred to lift the Super League at Old Trafford come September 24th.
Warrington have drifted to 5/1 following their defeat to Catalans, who are now the same price as Wigan Warriors at 4/1.
The table could look significantly different after weekend as four of the top five teams play each other – with Wigan facing a daunting trip to the Brutus Stadium in Catalonia while we of course take on the Wire.
It was great to see the first glimpse of preparation for the Rugby League World Cup this week as England boss Shaun Wane named his initial 30-man train-on squad.
I have the pleasure of working with Shaun and the other coaches at England and I’m really looking forward to getting the boys together for the first time on March 15, before facing the All Stars at the HJ Stadium in June.
He has selected a number of new, young faces based on performances this season – players like Lewis Dodd, Kai Pearce-Paul, Matty Lees and Huddersfield’s Jake Wardle. Also, due to form he has recalled the 38-times capped Ryan Hall. Personally it has been great working with some of these players in the England Knights Programme and now seeing them progress to the senior squad.
Saints make up a big part of the squad with eight players included. Walmsley, Knowles, Makinson, Lomax, Welsby and Percival joining Lees and Dodd. Yet again further evidence of the talent we have in this current team.
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