Phil Spink is back with his best bets for Round 14 of Super League and thinks siding with the two standout sides in the competition so far in 2019 will pay…
“Warrington smashed the fifty-point barrier for the second game in a row when demolishing Huddersfield 50-19 at home on Sunday and look well placed to make it three wins on the bounce”
Castleford Tigers vs. Warrington Wolves
Friday May 3, 19:45 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Wolves good value for more success at the Jungle
Second-placed Warrington Wolves head to Castleford in Friday's televised game and the two sides have had contrasting fortunes since they last met.
The Wolves were the first team to beat Castleford in 2019 when running out 24-10 winners at the Halliwell Jones in Round 5 and now look the most likely to chase home the runaway-leaders St Helens in the regular season having opened up a gap of four points back to Hull FC. Daryl Powell's side meanwhile are struggling for wins and Saturday's draining 6-4 defeat at Wigan was their fifth loss in seven games. Winger James Clare is the latest casualty on a lengthy injury list for the Tigers but they could give a debut to centre Cheyse Blair, a Grand Finalist for Melbourne Storm who scored 33 tries in the NRL.
Like St Helens, Warrington smashed the fifty-point barrier for the second game in a row when demolishing Huddersfield 50-19 at home on Sunday and look well placed to make it three wins on the bounce with Jason Clark and Ryan Atkins set to return. Atkins, who has been at Warrington for nine years and is the club's top Super League try-scorer in that time, has been the subject of transfer speculation, and at 6/5 is worth backing to add to his 4 scores this season. Back him and Warrington to cover the handicap of six.
Hull Kingston Rovers vs. St Helens
Sunday May 5, 15:00 BST
All-conquering Saints to march on
With a third of the season gone it's safe to say St Helens have been by far the best side in the competition. They've lost just once, away at Catalans, and got their revenge on the Challenge Cup holders with a 50-14 demolition-job at home last week. What was more impressive about that performance was the number of young fringe players in the red vee who stepped up commendably, among them centre Matty Costello, who scored a hat-trick, while the increasingly-impressive Jack Welsby had another fine game at full-back.
Hull KR's second-half fightback at Headingley last week was in vain as the hosts clung on for a 28-24 win. That was a sixth defeat in seven matches for Rovers and things don't get any easier for them as a rampant Saints come to town. They actually led at half-time in the first meeting between the sides back in March before going down 36-24, but will do well to keep the scores as respectable now if the league leaders carry on in the blistering form they have been showing. Back St Helens to cover the handicap of fourteen.