Hull Kingston Rovers vs. Warrington Wolves
Monday April 22, 15:00 BST
Wolves to get back in the hunt
Warrington Wolves can bounce back from their first home defeat of the year when they visit KCOM Craven Park and Hull KR.
There was nothing ‘good' about Friday for either of these sides, with Rovers on the receiving end of a record-breaking 56-12 derby-thrashing across the city at Hull, while Warrington slumped to a second loss in a row as Salford stunned them 36-12.
Neither team can afford to feel sorry for themselves for long, with ninth-placed KR in danger of a relegation battle, while Warrington are suddenly beginning to lose ground on league-leaders St Helens.
The Wolves were successful 28-14 in the home-fixture in Round 2 and will see this as a good opportunity to complete the double and get back on track having posted 63 points on their last visit to the city against Hull FC three games ago. The Rovers side should be largely unchanged from Friday's mauling, while Steve Price's provisional squad is 21-men strong with several players given the chance to prove themselves fit.
A handicap of ten looks fair and we know that the Wolves have the fire power to more than cover it if returning to form. Back them, and also have a wager on our old Wire ally Harvey Livett to add to his two tries against the Robins from that February match.
Wakefield Trinity vs. Leeds Rhinos
Monday April 22, 15:00 BST
Leeds to move on up
Leeds Rhinos make the short trip to Wakefield and can show that their 38-18 Good Friday victory over Huddersfield isn't a false dawn.
Dave Furner and the Rhinos had won just two games in the league before Friday's encounter against the Giants but produced their best 40-minute display of the season with a five-try first-half blitz at Headingley, going in at the interval 30-0 up. They kept Simon Woolford's side to just three scores after the break and shouldn't fear a visit to Belle Vue given their decent record in recent years at the soon-to-be-developed venue.
Wakefield put the cat among the pigeons with a stunning 35-18 victory at Leeds at the start of March and came close to clinching an unlikely success at Castleford on Thursday, rallying in the second half having been 26-4 behind. They slipped to fifth after that tough defeat and lost another two first-teamers through injury along the way in Dream Team star Matty Ashurst and Joe Arundel.
The Rhinos have flattered to deceive after wins this year, but have managed two in a row for the first time and have been the team punters have wanted to be with in the short period that prices have been available on this fixture. We'll also take a chance on them to push on with another victory. Back them with a two-point start against their patched-up rivals.