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SUPER 8s PREDICTIONS | Round 1

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Wigan Warriors vs Castleford Tigers (Super 8s, Fri, 7:45pm)

Both of these sides look like they have a top four spot in the bag, so the only question to settle is the order they line-up in, with Wigan currently sitting one point ahead of Castleford in the race for a home semi-final.

The Warriors have looked lacklustre of late and really struggle for creativity, with Sam Tomkins having to do all the work in the absence of George Williams, so the return of the half-back is massive for them.

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As for the Tigers, they have defied the loss of some big players for long spells of the season to remain in a good position. If they want another shot at the Grand Final they need a home semi, but they may find Wigan just too strong here.

Prediction: Wigan Warriors 24-18 Castleford Tigers

Hull Kingston Rovers vs Salford Red Devils (Qualifiers, Fri, 8:00pm)

Hull KR have built some really good form heading into the Qualifiers, which included putting 55 points on Salford at Craven Park last month.

The Red Devils are in trouble but there are bright signs, with a fantastic performance over Leeds showing what they can do. Jackson Hastings didn’t get long on the field but he showed real quality, and more of the same will do very nicely.

A defeat in the first game would put pressure on either side, but they’ve both shown the quality they need to get through the eights. With home advantage, I’d back the Robins to take the two points from this one.

Prediction: Hull Kingston Rovers 38-24 Salford Red Devils

Leeds Rhinos vs Toulouse Olympique (Qualifiers, Sat, 3:15pm)

A hammering at Salford and worse against Warrington in the Challenge Cup were reminders, as if they were needed, that Leeds need to pull their socks up quickly if they want to avoid the Million Pound Game.

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Toulouse come in with better form but failed to bring their best in their last away trip to Halifax. They have a good half-back pairing in Johnathon Ford and William Barthau and they need to be on form, while a bit of magic from Mark Kheirallah would do no harm.

They’ve got a decent pack too and if they can get a hold of the Rhinos down the middle, they can give them a very tough game. Nothing is certain but the Rhinos should just about have enough.

Prediction: Leeds Rhinos 24-10 Toulouse Olympique

Halifax vs Toronto Wolfpack (Qualifiers, Sun, 3:00pm)

All eyes are on Toronto as they look for promotion to Super League at the first time of asking, and in only their second year of existence. They’ve strolled through the Championship, and look in fine shape to at least finish in the top three in the Qualifiers.

The biggest achievement in the second tier this season hasn’t been in Canada though, but the work of part-time Halifax to make the top four yet again ahead of clubs with a far greater budget.

They lost all seven games last year as this stage proved a step too far, and this isn’t the game they are most likely to claim anything form. Their home form is key and they can certainly compete, but Toronto will be too strong.

Prediction: Halifax 12-32 Toronto Wolfpack

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I am a 19-year-old Sports Journalism student at the University of Huddersfield. I cover a lot of rugby league, following Hull FC and Huddersfield Giants and working for Halifax RLFC. If you want to see more of my ramblings on rugby and football then follow me on Twitter @stibbo99.

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